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so have there ever been any albums that you've put off buying (or not bought at all) because of their "offensive" album covers? have you ever taken any shit from a shop assistant for buying said (or different) album?

jess, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fer instance i still haven't bought the "now thing" comp. becuz of that row of, uh, amply endowed cartoon ladies.

jess, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I bought a comp called "Summer Booty Party" from Reckless Records. The cover showed several young women enjoying said Summer Booty Party in a cartoon style. The DJ pictures was providing the party, the women were providing the booty. I got a very hard glare from the woman in a Roots shirt who was behind the counter.

Tom, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

When I worked in a record shop a long time ago I used to feel a prickle of morbid embarrassment every time I sold a copy of the Happy Mondays' Bummed. I was nineteen and had tender sensibilities ; now I can't even remember what the cover was, though I think I bought it myself (double prickle of embarrassment).

Ellie, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

we can also expand the question if you like to include bands themselves who are embarassing. not from a quality standpoint (although that might factor into it), but from a equally "offensive"/"repulsive" history/reputation/aesthetic.

jess, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On the other side of this coin, I used to praise customers at the record shop I used to work at if I liked their choices. One day, a customer berated me for praising him, saying: 'And what do you say to the people whose taste you don't like?' Very altruistic, I'm sure. As for your question, there's a Marcos Valle album which has such an irritating cover that I can't imagine ever buying it. In addition to being a cheap, crap cover (supping cocktails by a pool) it also suggests I'm not going to like the music. Maybe I shouldn't be so prejudiced, but I feel disinclined to investigate.

Daniel, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Supping cocktails by the pool

That should be the cover of the next Nick Cave album.

Billy Dods, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

if i could buy a Jonathan King Box Set in HMV this week I would. (Seriously: I detested him for decades before it was popular or profitable, well profitable, but now I am somewhat unsatisfied w.this stance...)

I am however kind of assuming I will have to get it off forcedexposure.com in a year or so

mark s, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My local Virgin has a J King box set. Think its 6cds or something. There is no track listing on the outside merely a self-aggrandising blurb by King about how ace he's always been. Scarily, think it includes unreleased demos too.

Don't think I could bear the torture of listening to any of it even for comedy reasons.

mms, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Supping cocktails by the pool -
That should be the cover of the next Nick Cave album.


...and the title.

Dave225, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bummed has the naughty bits on the inside sleeve. You must have peeked.

g, Friday, 11 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gentle Giant's _Acquiring The Taste_ has, ironically, the most tasteless cover I've ever seen in my life. Truly off-putting, and not in a cool or hip way. Just awful.

zoombob, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'Doggystyle', Snoop Doggy Dogg. What a dreadful, tasteless, moronic, cretinous, unfunny cover. If it was in brighter colors it might've been crass and tacky enough to raise a smile, but as it is it's just nauseating. Some acquaintances shook their heads in disappointment at how I could buy something that looked so ugly and stupid, and what's more, I had to agree with them.

dave q, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, the same goes for almost all of Snoop's covers. Who is this Joe Cool retard? Is he an actual graphic artist (i.e., other people besides Mr. Dogg pay him to do stuff too), or just a member of the posse or what?

dave q, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I put off buying the Strokes album because of the cover of the import version...not that I found it offensive so much as just plain dummmmb. Maybe it's old age paranoia setting in prematurely, but I hate covers that would make me feel like a dirty old man bringing them up to the counter. Or a horny teenager, for that matter. At any rate, the fractal cover is much nicer, thank you.

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Though I love most of those records, every goddamn Beach Boys album cover is embarrassing -- except for "Surf' Up" and "20/20". Maybe I'll excuse "Holland", "Wild Honey", and "Pet Sounds".

The most embarrassing, though, is the Velvet Underground's "1969: The Velvet Underground Vol. 1". I mean, at least if the hinder was attractive...

Brian MacDonald, Sunday, 13 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I thought they were particle trails, not fractals.

Josh, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was once quite embarrassed buying Prince's Lovesexy.

Woolworths shopgirl #1: He's got quite nice legs, hasn't he?

Woolworths shopgirl #2: Yeah, for a GIRL.

Tim Hopkins once told me that as a general rule when buying 70s reggae albums, the more embarrassingly lurid the sleeve, the better the record.

N., Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

You're most likely right, Josh. I was so relieved not to have to buy the other version that I didn't even pay close attention to what those patterns actually were.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The original pressing of Smell the Glove was pretty offensive. I'm glad Polymer Records pulled the plugs on that one.

Dave225, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shit sandwich.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 14 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer's "Love Beach" is the answer to ALL threads, but especially this one.

I was fairly embarrassed bringing Hawkwind's "Space Ritual" up to the counter, but I did it. Also, covers with scantily-clad women that make you look like a perv living vicariously through your record collection (cf. Roxy Music's "Country Life").

I draw the line at Guru Guru's "Hinten", though. Come on, one must have some standards!

Joe, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Or, for goodness, what's so embarrassing about a painted German arse?

Though, I think the following's the winner...there's a Dennis Coffey record out there which has an "action" photo of an African American woman clinging to her basket of fried chicken..("Finger Lickin' Good" is it?) Darla actually appropriated this as the cover of one of their gazillion "Darla has a treat for you" comps...

Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Was that the one with the two girls covered in chocolate and cream? That cover made me feel all fluttery inside.

electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What's so embarassing about the "Space Ritual" cover? What's extra- cool about it is that it opens up to become the biggest fold-out I've ever seen.

Sean, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Devin, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hahaha, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Gangsta Boo, the loving female that gave the world such jems as Suck A Little Dick and Nasty Trick.
Their was an album cover of a supposed fetus in a toliet from I think Necropolis records. Can't remeber the band name for the life of me.
Im not offended by those Cash Money record covers as their just too hilariously stupid. There was one with some gangstar on the cover and bombs all over the sky that was a riot.

Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, no-one's mentioned the Royal Trux one with the somewhat revolting toilet pic on the cover.

electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 16 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
I never even noticed the butt shot on that record until my mother pointed it out one day in the car. She then looked through the booklet and found the gay porn story about the sewage worker. It was all kind of awkward.

jason., Saturday, 16 April 2005 02:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I bet. As I described on another thread, I was working a late shift at the office earlier in the week and had wrong assumed everyone had gone home. I put on Horse Rotorvator really loudly, and a copy editor came into my office -- looking alarmed -- during "The Anal Staircase". Ummmm....awkward.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 16 April 2005 02:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the good thing about being Italian it is that your mother generally can't understand the lyrics. i could listen to all the most offensive songs without any problem - my mum even liked that really obscene marc almond song called "catch a fallen star".
but you had to be careful with album covers...

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Saturday, 16 April 2005 14:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

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I'm a little disappointed in subtle and lyrical jazz guitarist Jim Hall for doing a "feeding her the sausage" album cover.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 02:13 (two months ago) Permalink

jim o rourke is good at this

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 02:28 (two months ago) Permalink

New Morrissey album to thread.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 10 September 2017 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Who I am kidding, as if I'm going to buy a new Morrissey album.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 10 September 2017 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink


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