Who Signed Off on This Album Artwork? | Evergreen
Who Signed Off on This Album Artwork? This list explores 30 albums that feature head-shakable, offensive, controversial, or otherwise bad cover art.
You can’t judge an album by its cover…sometimes. The thing is, whether it’s right or not, sometimes the album cover art – the artwork – earns more attention than the album itself. Also, believe it or not, not all album covers were made equal. Some are great, while others are odd, weird, or simply bad. These covers make you ask the quest, who signed off on this? This list contains 30 albums where the focus isn’t the songs but rather the cover art. Some of the album covers that grace this article are crazy – head-shakable, offensive, controversial, or otherwise. Here are 30 albums that make you ask, who signed off on this album artwork?
Boned gets things started off sexually on the album cover for Up at the Crack. While the band avoids an actual penis, there is a phallus in its place. That phallus is an electric guitar sticking out of button-fly jeans. Thankfully, the band avoided taking this risqué, perverted cover any further. Use your own imagination.
Heavy Metal, 1981
British heavy metal band The Handsome Beasts hold back nothing on Bestiality. Perhaps they should have. First and foremost, the title of the album is a perverted, criminal sex act. Then comes the album cover itself. OMFG! The completely nude, heavy-set frontman Garry Dalloway (1953-2006) has his arm around a gargantuan pig. Also, Dalloway has his hand on a sign that reads “Please do not feed animals.” This album cover is certainly trashy, but also a classic ‘worst-of’ for sure.
Kill Rock Stars, 2009
Sometimes, all you can muster up is OMG, OMFG, or WTF. That’s one of likely reactions one when viewing the album cover for A Promise by Xiu Xiu. Basically, there’s a picture of a young naked man, holding a baby doll on his bed. The main question is, why?
When searching for the worst album covers ever, Kevin Rowland always seems to get into the mix. Why? The English rock musician likely had a moment of weakness when opting for this particularly cover for his 1999 solo album, My Beauty. To each his own, but arguably, Rowland’s self-expression is over the top. The pink surroundings aren’t a big deal, but the outfit is certainly non-conformist to the nth degree: bare-chested, undie-showing, near-thigh-length-stockings.
Oh boy. There’s so much wrong with this one. The album title itself is unapologetic, yet, fits the Blaxploitation of the 1970s. Sketchier is the album cover itself, which features a white dummy and a black dummy, sitting on the leg of ventriloquist-comedian Richard Stanfield. Stanfield is nude, save for a bowtie, and seems to be getting serviced.