Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 11)

Year: 1973

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery

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The Problem: The cover was taken from a triptych by H. R. Giger, which was produced based on ELP’s music. The artwork features a phallus below a woman’s chin, which was later airbrushed into a shaft of glowing light by another artist.

My Take: It’s very faint, but you can see it if you look really close. I couldn’t see it at first and thought that I get the airbrushed version. But, now I see it. The album is really cool to look at though.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 7)

Year: 1987

Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician

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The Problem: Most folks are freaked out by the band’s name alone, and more so by their non-sequitur-laden album titles, this one in particular. Both aspects are mostly harmless vulgarity, when you get right down to it. However, this 1987 album cover is especially disturbing because, well, it features laughing clowns doing God knows what with a dog. *Shudders*

My Take: Look, it’s Pennywise’s cousins… and Wishbone!

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 6)

Year: 1998

Fang: American Nightmare

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The Problem:  Fang’s 1982 record Landshark is not only notable for encapsulating the offensive punk rock ethos, but also because it was one of Kurt Cobain’s all-time favorite albums, one that had a major impact on Nirvana’s sound (the band would often cover Fang’s “The Money Will Roll Right In” live).  After a ten year hiatus, in 1998 Fang reunited and released American Nightmare, featuring rather nasty artwork by Joe Coleman. It was a triumphant return for the lowbrow artists.

My Take: Whoa! How much acid did they have to do in order to come up with this? This cover does live up to the title of the album, that’s for sure. This would be good for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 5)

Year: 1987

Destruction: Release from Agony

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The Problem: Not overtly violent or grotesque, but no less horrifying and macabre, this 1987 album cover utilizes elements of cosmic and body horror to create a truly nightmarish image.

My Take: Nightmares are made of these. (Good luck sleeping tonight.) I can see this on the cover of a sci-fi horror novel. Or just a horror book. I bet Charlie Brooker has ideas for this. The title of the album does fit though.

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Three: Out on the Streets)

Chapter Three: Out on the Streets:

-Paul-

I think I might have created a monster. Sophie wrote to me saying that she was going to quit her job today. I didn’t know how to reply to that. I just gave her a thumbs up and hit send. I do not have a good feeling about this.

I walked over to my nightstand and opened the drawer. Aw, damn. I’m out of fags. When did that happen? I frowned to myself. Do I really have to go out today? I threw back head and groaned.

Then, my mobile buzzed.

I picked it up and there was Sophie again. She’s probably texting me with the results of her mission. Either she’s gone through with it or changed her mind. More

Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 4)

Year: 1994

Cradle of Filth: The Principles of Evil Made Flesh

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The Problem: Perhaps one of the tamer images on this list, since it only depicts a couple of ladies engaged in bloody necking, the combination of Satanic and occult references throughout the lyrics, as well as the 1994 album’s title and the fact it was released by a band called Cradle of Filth, makes it ripe for controversy, whether or not it was actually warranted (it’s not, really).

My Take: I think I might have done another cover on this band before, but it might not be tagged. I will have to look for it later. This actually looks kind of hot. This would be on the cover of an erotic lesbian vampire novel. (I would buy it. 😉 )

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Two: Goodbye to Summer)

Chapter Two: Goodbye to Summer:

-Sophie-

Autumn will begin tomorrow. I still have to work today. I don’t know why my boss has to pick me to do it. I still think she hates me. I stared in front of the ladies’ room mirror. Why am I really here? The work I come to work, the more I start to hate myself. I am starting to think that the money is not worth it anymore.

My phone buzzed in my purse. I took it out and looked at the screen. Oh wow, Paul did text back. My heart began to pound against my chest.

I just had to open it. More

Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 3)

Year: 2007

David Karsten Daniels: Sharp Teeth

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The Problem: Musically speaking, Sharp Teeth is about as inoffensive as it gets—unless you’re deeply offended by downtempo indie folk, that is. And yet, the grisly, albeit cartoonish, album artwork adorning this 2007 release might suggest music of a more aggressive nature. Anyone hoping for punk or metal offerings on this one will be sorely disappointed.

My Take: This is what it would look like if Adam and Eve were drawn by a child who likes monsters and creepy things. OP was right, I did think that was just another metal album. I was shocked to learn that this was downtempo indie folk. I guess controversial album covers know no genre.

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter One: Happy New Day)

City Lounge: London: Book Three

Chapter One: Happy New Day:

-Paul-

The sun slipping through my blinds, waking me up. I grumbled and rolled over onto my side. I am not a morning person. I think it should be illegal to be forced to get up so early in the morning. I pressed my pillow over my head. Mornings like this are what remind me of my life growing up.

Even back then I didn’t want to get up for school. My mum would come into my room and start singing. She would do it so loudly. I would cover my head with the pillow until I surrendered. More

City Lounge: Berlin (Book Three, Chapter Fifteen: Mr. Smooth)

Chapter Fifteen: Mr. Smooth:

Sunday night rolled around. We were going to meet Sugar Bear Brown at the club. We all waited outside of Club Crisis. To my surprise, there was a long line. I hadn’t expected the clubs to fill up on a Sunday. Does anyone in Berlin ever sleep?

“Pretty full night, isn’t it?” I whispered to Meg.

“Yeah,” she said. “That’s Berlin’s nightlife for you.”

“You don’t say,” I said. Surprisingly, the line started moving along really fast. Pretty soon, we were in the front. Stephanie managed to charm her way for us to get in. The bouncer didn’t say a word as he left us in. I nodded my head as I walked by. More

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