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The 20 Most Controversial and Ill Thought Out Album Sleeves Of All Time
John Doran , July 17th, 2008 14:31

John Doran casts a baleful eye over some of the least well thought out album sleeves to grace record store shelves.

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Well, strictly speaking, we know, it's a poster. But it has certainly caused Jello Biafra more trouble than the actual sleeve depicting 'Shriners' or Free Masons driving in their tiny cars. HR Giger's 'Penis Landscape' could be found on nearly 50% of teenage bedrooms in 1985 thanks to Tipper Gore's tireless work in promoting the album via her pro punk and hip hop group the PMRC.

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peter lloyd
Jul 17, 2008 8:10pm

Silverheads "16 and Savaged"fom the early seventies takes some beating for bad taste,i,m afraid i do not have copy.

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Günther Simmermacher
Jul 17, 2008 9:27pm

Great choices, and excellent commentary, John. I hear the girl from the Scorpions cover is rather proud of the cover. These Germans with their kicked back attitudes towards sexuality, eh? And I've also heard that the Scorpions had nothing to do with the artwork. It wasn't just a harebrained idea by stoned rockers. Some crazy motherfucker soberly calculated it was a great idea. Still, here we are remembering the fucking Scorpions!

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john doran
Jul 19, 2008 11:41am

Absolutely. Blind Faith was done with full consent of the parents as well. And I'm guessing she never got pregnant as a teen.

Savaged nearly made the final cut.

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baby jebus
Jul 23, 2008 4:28pm

But there was a war on when Mom's Apple Pie filled the racks. America lost it.

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Dec 12, 2008 4:49am

Mayhem...seriously WTF !

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Mar 22, 2010 2:39pm

Mayhem: Dead wasn't "Feeling a bit glum one night". He had a near death experience when he was 12, saw some light and stuff, and had been obsessed with death since. He couldn't wait to die, not because he thought life sucked, but because he was so facinated by death. He wan't feeling glum at all, he killed himself with joy.

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May 27, 2010 6:02pm

Realmente e umas das melhores bandas de Black Metal , o triste é que Pelle não esta mas nesne mundo , negro honra a todos aqueles que são fãs do Mayhem ....

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Warrick Sutton
Dec 26, 2012 7:32am

J. Doran, you are a fucking loser! Art is not business hence there is no 'poorly- thought-out' album covers. It's not just about sales or avoiding flack you fat slag. Go buy a francize you fucking throwback.

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