Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 17)

Year: 1981

Whitesnake: Come an’ Get it

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The Problem: The cover features a coiled snake inside a glass apple, with its open mouth closely resembling a vagina. Many subsequent releases of the album have had the snake’s mouth airbrushed over with a solid red.

My Take: It doesn’t look too bad. You can’t really tell what the mouth is at first. Other than that, this looks like a cool poster that you would see on the wall of a college dorm.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 16)

Year: 1998

Black Label Society: Sonic Brew

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The Problem: The first Black Label Society album Sonic Brew generated a strong buzz (heh) without any controversy as guitar icon Zakk Wylde found a new home for his Southern-infused writing. The album cover was designed to mirror a bottle of Johnny Walker blended scotch save for the text, but the distillery was not overjoyed. They issued a cease and desist letter, which led to the album’s cover being changed to the band’s skull logo on a black background. Oops!

My Take: Once again, we have a neat idea, but they didn’t ask permission before doing it. Cool concept. Maybe they should’ve asked Johnny Walker for permission. This is a neat cover.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 15)

Year: 2003

Biffy Clyro: The Vertigo of Bliss

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The Problem: The cover shows a woman sitting down with her hand up her dress, presumably masturbating with a look of pleasure on her face. The controversy of the album cover is accompanied by the incredibly erotic artwork of the singles “The Ideal Height”, “Questions and Answers” and “Eradicate the Doubt” (all designed by Milo Manara). Despite being considered offensive and sexist by some, ShortList magazine praised the band for their bravery and originality when they mentioned it in their list of 50 Coolest Album Covers Ever.

My Take: What’s wrong with showing a woman pleasuring herself? Newsflash: women enjoy sex too. Manara was celebrating women’s pleasure. This isn’t sexist at all. The women’s even dressed. I do like covers to the singles too.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 14)

Year: 1990

Hurricane: Slave to Thrill

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The Problem: The enigmatic cover art for Hurricane’s third album featured a naked woman sitting on a biomechanical, H.R. Geiger–style machine seat/penetrator. This unnerved enough people for Hurricane to remove the woman altogether from the scene in all additional pressings.

My Take: Once again, they are scared to show women enjoying sexual pleasure. Come on, people, women can enjoy sex too. Plus, the image fits the title perfectly well, thank you very much! Lighten up, people!

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 13)

Year: 1972

Mama Lion: Preserve Wildlife

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The Problem: The wildcard of our list, Mama Lion’s Preserve Wildlife cover featured the singer nursing a lion cub. In a move to prevent confusion, as much as objection, the final version of the album was issued with a cutaway cover that obscured the cub-to-jug action.

My Take: This is a rather interesting-looking cover. I like how the picture babies into the artist’s name. She’s just taking care of her lion baby. You can’t really see anything anyway. The coloring makes it impossible to see the nip.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 12)

Year: 1970

Birth Control: Operation

 

The Problem: This carnivorous cretin caused such controversy that the album was banned in several countries. Even more scandalous: on some copies an image of the Pope was shown cheering the baby-eating bug on.

My Take: Well, that’s one way to take care of overpopulation. Hey, anti-abortion people can use both picture for their banners or whatever. I can partly see why Sinead O’Connor ripped up the picture of the pope years later. Best part? The band’s name seems to play on the images above.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 11)

Year: 1984

Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA

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The Problem: Patriotic Republicans had a major fit over this album cover, thinking that Bruce was shown to be urinating on the US flag.

My Take: Oh, the little patriotic crybabies. How can they even tell just by him standing there with his butt facing us? It didn’t stop them from using the title track for a political rally without Mr. Springsteen’s permission or actually knowing the real meaning behind the song. They haven’t changed at all. What’s even funnier is that this shot is in the video for the title track before the camera pans up to show Mr. Springsteen’s face as he turns to the camera. The patriotic crybabies were just desperate for attention.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 10)

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 ’80s. But it still looks like it could come out of a hentai game.

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 9)

Year: 1983

Black Sabbath: Born Again

The Problem: The cover art, designed by Steve Joule, features an image of an infant with horns and vampire fangs. The cover eventually caused controversy and has been hated by some fans. Drummer Bill Ward has said that he did not like the album’s cover and according to him, then-singer Ian Gillan told the press that he vomited when he first saw the cover. Guitarist Tony Iommi approved the album cover. Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternate cover.

My Take: A face only a mother could love– if that mother was blind in one eye and had a sort of milky film over the other one. You know it’s bad when not only the censorship-happy folks, but some of the fans and two of your bandmates hate it. Opps!

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Best of Controversial Album Covers (Pt. 8)

Year: 2001

Buckcherry: Timebomb

The Problem: The cover depicts a black-and-white headshot of a child with bandages crossed on its eyes and mouth. The cover was pulled from the shelves as it was declared child abuse. Since 2010, the album was put out of print.

My Take: I actually had a story idea from this album cover. I don’t see how this is child abuse. It’s just bandages on the kid’s face. I don’t see any cuts or bruises, do you? Somebody explain it to me. The album may be out of print, but it’s available on iTunes for $5.99.

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