Classic Album, FUCKING TERRIBLE Cover Art

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Take a good look at this piece of shit:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000000OQF.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

"Destruction" just barely fits on the banner. Plenty of room for "*Appetite," though. All around ugly and poorly executed.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Going Blank Again does have a shit cover, doesn't it. Great album, tho'.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one album - two awful covers!

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://home.clara.net/antoni/kj2003.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

err, i forgot the 'classic' part

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

alex did too

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the orig. appetite for destruction = much better obv.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the orig. appetite for destruction = much better obv.

Why did they ever switch? And why is that version no longer available? Down in history with an embarrassing cover.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000006MV8.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
Don't use a group photo of one the ugliest bands ever on the album cover.

Asthmatic Cajun (Asthmatic Cajun), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

alex did too

No I didn't, worm.

It's an amazing record cursed with an idiotic sleeve, chosen by the record company (whom they've since parted ways with) after they fired original sleeve designer Mike Coles.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they switched because it depicts rape. and was thusly withdrawn.

that badfinger cover is awesome!

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they switched because it depicts rape. and was thusly withdrawn.

Ah, but the argument could be made -- albeit poorly and without a great deal of merit -- that it also displays the consequences of rape, i.e. being pounced on by a big scary red robot with daggers for teeth.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I had a version of GNR Appetite with all the images on the cover and the GNR guns logo over the top of it (on tape).

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

uh alex i think it's the big scary red robot thing that's doing (or did) the raping.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't actually think the Guns-N-Roses cover is that bad, but obv the original is much much better.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The GNR layout is nice, but the typograpy and artwork is pure shit! It should've at least been given the Molly Hatchet or Motorhead treatment!

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://www.mirai.ne.jp/~mieki/aol/images/heya/kaimono/au/guns_ep/gnr_sign.jpg

I always thought it was the other robot that did the raping, as the big red one appears to be jumping over the wall at him.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

anyway:

http://eil.com/newgallery/Guns-N-Roses-Appetite-For-Dest-307531.jpg

xpost - that's not a skeleton?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't understand robt. williams's mind but that's okay. i like his paintings. esp. the ones with naked chixxx on tacos.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Which, the one standing next to the girl? That's a robot with a lit-up head.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

tuna taco!

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

a skeleton robot.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

how anyone could approve of *either* GnR cover is beyond me - that original is completely silly (the other's just kinda lazy)

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

WHY THE FUCK IS MATT SORUM'S AUTOGRAPH ON THAT RECORD?

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

guys, that robot rape GNR cover is far worse

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think i like the 2nd gnfnr cover more

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I agree. The original doesn't look *classic* either and it doesn't look the way GNR sounds (to me). I think just a better execution of the cross design would be perfect, actually.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

haha did yall see the arrested development with ben stiller with the great use your illusion joke in it?

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The robot rape cover is just appropriated from Robert Williams (who painted it years earlier, I believe), making it lazy. The skull-cross logo is merely juvenile and exceptionally silly.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

wasn't the 2nd cover a tattoo of waxl's?

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

haha did yall see the arrested development with ben stiller with the great use your illusion joke in it?

Yes, I loved his "W" goatee.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It is, but I don't which came first (cover or tat). I believe he's since BLACKED IT OUT (i.e. Duff's...er...skull is no longer visible on his arm, etc.)

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

uh, appropriated? lazy? make sense?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

haha if i'm ever really rich and really bored i'm gonna get a r. williams cover 'appetite' autographed by every member of gnfnr who doesn't actually play on that album. if there's enough room.

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This cover never did the album justice, IMO:

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B0001WPSJ0.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

darin (darin), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was thinking of the Kinks as a band that had pretty mediocre cover art compared to their contemporaries. But when I went and looked at them again they all seemed pretty appropriate if understated.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sym Sym you are CRAZY

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

somebody insert soft machine, vol. 2 pls.

carly (carly), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That Kinks album always reminded me of....

http://hometown.aol.com/jesusandsue2/PorkyPigTag2.jpg

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

How often does a classic album elevate the mediocre cover art to something passable or even iconic? For example, I can't really separate Soft Machine Vol. II from the cover art. Even though objectively I would probably have to admit that it's a crappy piece of art it seems like an integral part of the album to me.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thumbs up for GnR managing to have two alternate covers on the same album, both of which are among the most awful covers ever.

However, this album always belongs in threads like this one:
http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B00005ASHM.03.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

It is interesting that, while album covers from the mid 60s or earlier were usually crap, great albums such as the first three Beatles albums, Elvis' debut and Sinatras' "Sings For Only The Lonely" all had really classic covers.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, i can't stand to look at it. maybe that comes with time. but right now it kind of makes me want to throw up.
xpost

carly (carly), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

pet sounds cover art is great

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Like walter says, the de la cover is iconic because it's such an incredible album. but it is also very very ugly.

Sym Sym (sym), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think that De La Soul cover is great. Captures their image and style in a perfect way. You knew immediately that hippie rap had arrived.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 14 April 2005 20:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I pulled this out earlier today:

http://pixhost.eu/avaxhome/avaxhome/2007-08-02/OrbitalWinsidesIfront.jpg

The biggest negative points have to go to covers that in addition to being ugly also give you a wrong idea of what the album sounds like. I mean, would you buy this romper-room-looking bullshit if you didn't already know that it's fantastically amazing?

kenan, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Pee Wee's Medical Kit"

kenan, Monday, 1 September 2008 10:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

great thread idea, i knew it had been done already. i think the following album is great though i am not 100% sure as i had already given up on them at that time. they were just releasing too much stuff in the first half of the nineties, i couldn't keep pace. bonus points for rubbish title. they also excelled at giving their albums ridiculous names. here comes stereolab:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_fVJDafiu-HM/SNE1IrOH3ZI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/6e3rz2As2v0/s400/StereolabEmperorTomatoKetchup.jpg

alex in mainhattan, Monday, 2 November 2009 19:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yep, I agree the Sabs have their fair share of poor covers.

This is not Thin White Rope's finest album, but still classic in my book. And one of the worst covers ever:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_n-thK6Pq5M4/ShFpyvTIbNI/AAAAAAAABzI/BIVY50KMU-U/s320/rubysea.jpg

Duke, Monday, 2 November 2009 19:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://image.hotdog.hu/_data/members0/972/235972/images/454016.jpg

This is one of my favourite albums of this decade, but even in the category of cheapo rap covers it looks pretty cheap.

Tuomas, Monday, 2 November 2009 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2342058651_2f751c9e1f.jpg

You could fill this thread with examples of digital art on early 90s album covers.

Tuomas, Monday, 2 November 2009 19:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Though the back cover of that Black Dog album is even worse than the front:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v655/lixnixn/blackdog-1.jpg

Tuomas, Monday, 2 November 2009 20:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Some paranoid people are indefensibly silly.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Monday, 2 November 2009 22:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hold on what's wrong with that Townes Van Zandt cover?

The people of Ork are marching upon us (Matt #2), Tuesday, 3 November 2009 00:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ok, if they were a disco band this is actually fine, but they actually sound like the Bee Gees pre-disco, except for one glam rock track.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 3 November 2009 01:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hold on what's wrong with that Townes Van Zandt cover?

I just really hate the colors. And that border. And the yellow text.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 November 2009 06:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

That Stereolab cover is fantastic and the title is directly lifted from a weird Japanese film from the 70s

D- thread revive :(

War On The Terrances (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 3 November 2009 10:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

the title is directly lifted from a weird Japanese film from the 70s

Does copying a ridiculous title really make it better? Mmm. I have to think about that one. ;-)

I think it is a question of taste what you think about the cover. I find it ugly. The colours are dirty and don't go well together, the font they use for Stereolab is laughable. The spiral, the sun and the sun rays look cheap. In a universe of bad taste that cover would surely be a classic though.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 3 November 2009 11:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

no wai - I love how wonky the spiral is, it's like own-brand novelty potato crisps. It's just always been totally visually arresting for me, very... warming and not bearing a lot of comparison with other album art I can think of. (Any OG copies on CD are going to be fucking trashed now tho cos it came in the flimsiest card sleeve ever)

War On The Terrances (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 3 November 2009 11:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

ime most great albums have great cover art, here's one of the exceptions:

https://i.imgur.com/Qz6s2zR.jpg

niels, Saturday, 2 December 2017 09:27 (one week ago) Permalink

I know they hated it but I always thought the Royal Scam cover fit the music perfectly, dirty streets and pollution and bums. and big snakes on top of skyscrapers

flappy bird, Saturday, 2 December 2017 19:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I love this album & think it's a modern classic but goddamn I hate the cover. Looks so 2004, ott Garden State twee, the font sucks, the drawing is shitty, the kids are ugly, the color palette is all wrong, and it just looks really amateurish, like a CD-R you'd find on a subway platform.

http://www.clashmusic.com/sites/default/files/field/image/girlpool_-_before_the_world_was_big_sm_2.jpg

flappy bird, Saturday, 2 December 2017 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Niels you’re crazy. That’s a fantastic cover!

calstars, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Well said, it's great, perfect for the album.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:29 (one week ago) Permalink

gonna go with this

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a9/YMO_-_BGM_album_cover.jpg

frogbs, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:31 (one week ago) Permalink

also, both Skylarking covers

frogbs, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:32 (one week ago) Permalink

the BGM cover always makes me do a double-take and spend a little bit trying to figure out if it really is just just a toothbrush getting washed off at a sink. i like it!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:44 (one week ago) Permalink

the royal scam, bgm and skylarking (both versions) are all wonderful album covers, and all fit perfectly with the respective albums!

soref, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I also like this unofficial alternate cover to skylarking by Saša Markoviæ Mikrob:

http://chalkhills.org/images/fanart/Mikrob-xtc1.jpg

soref, Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:52 (one week ago) Permalink

wtf BGM cover is great!

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Saturday, 2 December 2017 20:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I liked their first two album covers, but this is just bland

― jason., Thursday, April 14, 2005 10:59 PM (twelve years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that wire cover is beautiful.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 December 2017 22:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, some odd choices in this thread.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:06 (one week ago) Permalink

xp yeah that's my favorite wire cover.

new noise, Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:29 (one week ago) Permalink

christ, the BGM cover is one of my all time favorites!!

brimstead, Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Countdown to Ecstacy also p terrible imo:

https://i.imgur.com/JzLnp6T.png

fortunately it's somewhat vindicated by the awesome back cover photo:

https://i.imgur.com/OdX4Xrv.png

Happy to hear Royal Scam cover has its fans, to me it looks slightly disgusting and doesn't give any idea of what the music sounds like, I avoided that record for quite a while assuming the songs would not be quality, now its one of the SD albums I put on the most

niels, Sunday, 3 December 2017 09:28 (one week ago) Permalink

It confounds me that Radiohead and R.E.M. both got to where they were off the back of having, with few exceptions, absolutely terrible cover art.

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Sunday, 3 December 2017 12:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah I was looking at Countdown to Ecstasy the other day and thinking it looked awful. Don't have a problem with The Royal Scam

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Sunday, 3 December 2017 12:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece about how regardless of the merits of the music, pretty much every Britney Spears album cover is terrible:

https://www.theawl.com/2011/02/the-album-covers-of-britney-spears-a-history/

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 3 December 2017 14:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I like that cover. Or at least I remember liking it at the time. I never got the pun in the album title. 'snivel'?

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I think Can’t Buy a Thrill is SD’s worst cover and Aja their best

calstars, Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a portmanteau of "snivel" and "civilisation" ...

(x-post)

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

I like the sleeves to Aja, Katy Lied and Pretzel Logic ... I'm less keen on the others.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I think every SD album rules but only Aja and Gaucho have decent covers

niels, Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I like that cover. Or at least I remember liking it at the time. I never got the pun in the album title. 'snivel'?

Variant spelling of sniffle, which is why the 'man' is blowing his nose.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Monday, 4 December 2017 11:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Terrible title whatever the story behind it.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Monday, 4 December 2017 11:12 (one week ago) Permalink

oh he is blowing his nose. I never noticed the hankie, just thought he was giving a thumbs-up. Oh god, it's the techno equivalent of 'I've Got My Own Album To Do'

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 4 December 2017 11:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Back in 2011, I wrote a piece about how regardless of the merits of the music, pretty much every Britney Spears album cover is terrible:

eheh, this is otm ! has there ever been such a big international star with such consistently awful album covers ??

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 December 2017 11:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Not really a proper classic but I really enjoyed Out Hud's music but whomever they had as a graphic designer was amongst the worst ever to practice the skill.

https://resources.tidal.com/images/e8dffaa9/a1ed/4be6/8564/8a01b48d4dcf/1280x1280.jpg

yesca, Monday, 4 December 2017 16:15 (one week ago) Permalink

that's pretty deliberately bad though eh?

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 4 December 2017 16:19 (one week ago) Permalink


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