Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 6)

Year: 1982

Spinal Tap: Smell the Glove

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The Problem: Fictional but classic: in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands has its album cover rejected by the record company and replaced with a plain black cover. The original vision? “A greased, naked woman on all four with a dog collar around her neck, and a leash and a man’s arm extended out up to here holding onto the leash and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it.”

My Take: It looks like it came from a hentai. Are we sure that this didn’t come from an eroge game? I know this is not possible because of the year. Anime wasn’t this advanced in style in the 80’s. But it still looks like it could come out of a hentai game.

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Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 1)

Hello, beautiful people. It’s November and I am back with this project of Controversial Album Covers. I was afraid I was going to not have enough this year, but I pulled through. I have enough to last us through this month. Anyway, let’s get started!

Year: 1977

Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

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The Problem: Arguably the most controversial album cover of them all, Sex Pistols’ lone studio album caused utter chaos. It was at the centre of an obscenity-related UK court case after a Nottingham-based record retailer was arrested for showcasing the sleeve (which prominently displayed the word “Bollocks”) in his shop window. Virgin boss Richard Branson hired ace lawyer John Mortimer, QC, to defend him and the charges were eventually dropped.

My Take: A little background for US visitors of this blog: “Bollocks” means “penis” or “balls” the Brits. Given the fact that this is the Sex Pistols, it’s not surprising that they would pull something this shocking.

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City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Fifteen: Train Vibe)

Chapter Fifteen: Train Vibe:

-Paul-

I couldn’t sleep that night. My mind went back to my song. I had the base secured, but I still had other elements missing from it. I turned onto my back in bed. There was only one way to fix this and be able to get to sleep. I jumped out of bed and got dressed. The only things I took with me were my iPod, cell phone, and keys. I left my front light on as I left  my flat.

When was the last time I did this? I shoved my hands into my pockets. My neighbour worried about me walking around so late at night. Even more so since the terror attacks in France. She keeps trying to give pepper spray when I walk out the door. (I keep telling her that I will be fine. But she never listens. I don’t know what to do with her.) More

Introducing… City Lounge: London (New Characters)

These are the characters of City Lounge: London, Updates and New Characters for Book Two:

  • Beth, 28, Paul’s ex-girlfriend, Pal seems to be scared of her
  • Jasmine, 28, Black, Paul’s university friend, she and Paul are often mistaken for a couple

I will have to go back and add the new characters for book two of Berlin. I think I have everyone new from London. I will have to go back and look later. For now…

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City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Fourteen: Camera Love)

Chapter Fourteen: Camera Love:

-Sophie-

When was the last time I held a camera? I sat in my room and stared at my first camera. It was like one of those toys that made the clicking noise, but took no pictures. Dad gave it to me for my fourth birthday. I don’t remember a day where that plastic red and yellow camera wasn’t with me. Mum would try and hide from me when I had it pointed at her. When I got older, the equipment got more advanced.

I had always loved taking pictures from when I was a little girl. Those cameras felt so good in my hands. A cell phone can’t match the feel of a classic camera. I don’t understand where that love went. More

City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Thirteen: We Need to Talk)

Chapter Thirteen: We Need to Talk:

-Paul-

She said we needed to talk. Those are never good words in my experience. Things have been going good between Sophie and I. But we aren’t dating. So, it’s not like we’re breaking up. But what if she’s suggesting there is no chance of us getting back together?

I stared at my cell phone.

The only thing I did was send her a text this morning. I told her to have a good day and nothing else. I can’t figure out what I did wrong. I shook my head. I should just go ahead and hear her out before I make my own conclusions. More

City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Twelve: Confusing Bliss)

Chapter Twelve: Confusing Bliss:

-Sophie-

What’s happening to us? Paul said that he enjoyed being out and about with me. But what is that supposed to mean? What is he looking for in me? It seriously can’t be a second chance at a relationship. It won’t work.

I paused with that thought.

But is that really true? I told myself that every time an ex wanted to get back with me. If they didn’t take a hint, I would keep ignoring him until they got the message. But, I don’t feel like avoiding Paul for some reason. I guess I like going around the city with him. He’s the only ex I can stand to be around. What does it all mean? More

City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Eleven: Dodging the Ex)

Chapter Eleven: Dodging the Ex:

We were just about to head out of the Fish and Chip shop when I happened to look across the street. Sophie turned around and saw me frozen with an expression of terror on my face.

“Paul, what’s the matter?” she asked. I tired to speak as I pointed across the street.  Sophie slowly turned her head. A woman with bright ponytail pigtails walked out of a jewelry store. Her bright pink miniskirt was long enough to cover her arse. Her big boobs looked like they would pop out of her pink boob tube. The woman looked around as if looking for a cab. I jumped behind Sophie and ducked down. She turned and looked at me More

City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Ten: Fish and Chip Memories)

Chapter Ten: Fish and Chip Memories:

“I’m hungry,” Sophie complained. “Let’s go get something to eat.” I turned my head.

“But you already ate at the company party,” I said. My ex snorted.

“That was just finger food,” she said. “I want real food! I want a whole meal.” I put up my hands.

“Okay, okay,” I said. “I hear you.” It didn’t take me long to guess where we were going next. “Think that fish and chip shop is still open?” Sophie broke into a smile.

“You know they are,” she said. “Best hangover food ever.” I raised my eyebrow at her. More

City Lounge: London (Book Two, Chapter Nine: Squire for Hire)

Chapter Nine: Squire for Hire:

The walk around East London brought back more memories our university days. There was this crazy party back in the fall of 2007. I couldn’t help but smile.

“What are you grinning for?” Sophie asked.

“Do you remember a bloke that called himself the Squire for Hire?”

“Squire for Hire?” she asked.

“You know, he always wore leather and smelled like pot,” I said. “Kind of looked like a hippie and biker. All of the birds flocked to him at parties. He was at a fall house party during at first year at university in ’07.” Sophie twisted up her face as if to try and remember.

“Sounds familiar,” she said. “Was he black or white?” More

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