City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Five: Street Performance)

Chapter Five: Street Performance:

-Paul-

I turned down the corner of the street when I heard loud music blaring further down. Hm? Is there a parade today or something? Curious, I followed the sound. I noticed two other people were following the sound as well. The music sounded like 90’s hip-hop from America. I couldn’t remember the artist off of the top of my head, but I know the song. I noticed a woman walking by with a baby stroller.

“Excuse me,” I spoke up. She turned her head.

“What’s going on today?” I asked. “Is there like a parade or something?” The woman shook her head and walked on. Okay then… More

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Controversial Album Covers X (End)

Year: 2016

Zayn Malik: Mind Of Mine

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The Problem: Not strictly inappropriate, despite being a baby Zayn Malik covered in tattoos, but what did have the Twitter getting its knickers in a twist was the fact it was a fairly close rip off of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III and Tha Carter IV – featuring two childhood photos covered in his inkings.

My Take: Aw, look at how thuggish they try to be at such a young age. I don’t know much about One Direction or Zayn, but it looks like he’s trying too hard to be gangster. Or maybe it’s tribute to Lil Wayne. I don’t know, but it looks like Lil Wayne did it better.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 29)

Year: 1984

Scorpions: Love at First Sting

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The Problem: The original cover is changed due to a complaint by Wal Mart about the partially nude embrace.

My Take: Oh, it’s the Scorpions! How have you been? It’s been so long since I had this band in my display. Compared to the other covers we have seen in this display in the past, this is actually pretty tame. You just see side-boob and nothing else. Come on Wal-Hall, lighten up.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 28)

Year: 1983

Lita Ford: Out for Blood

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: This isn’t sexy at all. It looks like she is trying too hard with this cover. This cover just looks so cheesy if you ask me. The get-up, the words in blood, the instruments in blood. Just no with the 80’s style.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 27)

Year: 1976

Richard Pryor: Bicentennial N****r

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: I know this is Richard Pryor and he loves to use the N-word, but does he have to? Does he really have to?

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 26)

Year: 1971

Supertramp: Indelibly Stamped

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The Problem: The cover depicts the tattooed torso and arms of a topless woman. It is commonly believed that the model for the cover was Rusty Skuse, largely due to a tattoo on the left arm which names “Bill” and “Rusty”. However, a comparison between the album cover and photographs of Skuse’s tattoos show that this is not the case. According to Paul Sayce, writing in Tattoo News, the model was Marion Hollier, who was extensively tattooed at the Les Skuse Tattoo Studio in the 1960s. An article published in The People shortly after the album’s release also identifies Hollier as the model, noting that she was paid £45 for the job (equivalent to £600 in 2016).

My Take: I have a hard time picturing this cover with the people who sang “Goosbye Stranger” and “The Logical Song”. I would see this one on a heavy metal band’s album cover. Well, the image does go with the title.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 25)

Year: 1974

Three Dog Night: Hard Labor

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: This is definitely a strange cover to behold. Are those chicken feet? Is she giving birth to a record? You know what this reminds me of? Chumbawaba’s album, Anarchy. I did that album cover about two or three years ago too.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 24)

Year: 1987

2 Live Crew: We Want Some Pussy

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: Can we really be surprised by this point? It’s 2 Live Crew. Their music is nothing but raunchy sex. They were even taken to court for their music and won! This should not come as a surprise.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 23)

Year: 1987

Ice-T: Rhyme Pays

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: Ice-T, how have you been? We haven’t seen you since last year! I think this is the fifth time he’s been featured in this display. It’s not as bad as the first three I posted. It’s as tame as last year’s album. I’m still shocked that we’ve gone from “Cop Killer” to “Law and Order: SVU”. We’ll we see him again next year? We will have to see.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 22)

Year: 1998

Lords of Acid: Pussy

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason, even though it’s obvious.)

My Take: It looks like a bad photoshop job. I do like the play on words. This groupd kind of reminds me of 2 Live Crew.

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