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Cylinder
2006-Mar-28, 07:46 PM
**CONTENT WARNING: MILD NUDITY AND LANGUAGE**

The 100 Worst Album Covers EVER (http://rateyourmusic.com/list/djlanda/the_100_worst_album_covers_ever)


Thanks to glamour shots, psychadelic drugs, day-glo pants, stuffy visual metaphors and an unnatural love for pre-pubescent nudity, music has come in all shades of crap. Special thanks to repeat offenders Beegees, Millie Jackson, Scorpions, Butthole Surfers, The Rolling Stones and Prince. And, by the way, 1983 is officially the Ugliest Year in Music.

For the record, there is no "pre-pubescent nudity" in the link. The worst as far as content is a small thumbnail image of John and Yoko sans clothing.

My top choice is Millie Jackson for her cover art depection of an otherwise unglamorous daily routine on her 1980 album. Yikes!

Moose
2006-Mar-28, 07:50 PM
Haven't seen the link (I'll wait till I get home to peruse it), but my "favorite" bad cover's gotta be Devastatin' Dave (The Turntable Slave)'s Zip Zap Rap.

I actually had an opportunity to listen to a snippet of Zip Zap Rap. Hee hee. Believe me, the cover's a perfect fit to the music. Same degree of cheesiness.

Gruesome
2006-Mar-28, 07:52 PM
My vote would have to be King Crimson's 'In the Court of the Crimson King'. Too much nostril.

Cylinder
2006-Mar-28, 08:08 PM
Haven't seen the link (I'll wait till I get home to peruse it), but my "favorite" bad cover's gotta be Devastatin' Dave (The Turntable Slave)'s Zip Zap Rap.

I actually had an opportunity to listen to a snippet of Zip Zap Rap. Hee hee. Believe me, the cover's a perfect fit to the music. Same degree of cheesiness.

That's funny - a quick Google for Zip Zap Rap (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=+Zip+Zap+Rap&btnG=Google+Search) turns up a Guardian list (http://arts.guardian.co.uk/gallery/image/0,8543,-10305055279,00.html) for top ten worst cover art. Included in it as #2 is the same selection I made earlier. The Guardian link is probably much more work-safe.

Moose
2006-Mar-28, 08:58 PM
Zip Zap Rap's number 34 in your list. :) Nice to see Millie Jackson made the cut (twice). Hehehe.

Lianachan
2006-Mar-28, 11:11 PM
The compiler of the list doesn't like Prince much! Even going as far as to include an obscure and rare 12" single on the list of 100 worst album covers ever....

sarongsong
2006-Mar-29, 01:30 AM
James Brown has always been #1 with me in this category.

TriangleMan
2006-Mar-29, 11:59 AM
The compiler of the list doesn't like Prince much! Even going as far as to include an obscure and rare 12" single on the list of 100 worst album covers ever....
I showed the list to my co-workers and one of them was a big Prince fan and was not impressed that he was there four times. Looking at the pictures though I could see why - what was he thinking with the 80s jacket and Speedo? :D

farmerjumperdon
2006-Mar-29, 12:44 PM
Magical Mystery Tour?

Some are pretty funny for their content - Tiny Tim's Christmas. David Hassselhoff does metal? But a lot of the covers aren't hideous if you don't know the artist.

I'd like to see a TOP 100.

paulie jay
2006-Mar-29, 01:19 PM
What - no Attila????? (http://usuarios.lycos.es/stormfront/atila.htm) That's Billy Joel with the moustache.

Melusine
2006-Mar-29, 01:42 PM
I have a book by Michael Ochs of 1,000 record covers (he has a HUGE collection), but I can't think of bad ones--just boring ones. At least some of those on that list aren't boring. Covers with just the person (usually female) are the death of creativity, to me.

I'd rather talk about GREAT covers--those are easy. So, I'll coup d'etat the thread:

A sentimental favorite & great cover: Houses of the Holy; I have one of the three Mamas & Pappas albums with the toilet (one didn't have it, one had it covered and one had the toilet in full view). Steve Winwood's Arc of a Diver...I could just go on and on...I love this subject. :D

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Mar-29, 01:54 PM
One of the lamest album covers of all time didn't make any of the lists at that site--Tormato by Yes (1978).

Here's what the "concept" of that cover is: take a picture of some guy playing a drum. Make an album-sized print of the picture. Throw a tomato at it. Photograph that. Tormato! Get it? Liked the music though.

Argos
2006-Mar-29, 01:58 PM
I don´t find "Dirty Work" (Stones) cover that bad.

Moose
2006-Mar-29, 02:32 PM
Covers with just the person (usually female) are the death of creativity, to me.

Hehehe. "Joyce" is the poster child for this.

At least Millie Jackson's covers were... non-boring. Tacky, yep. Tasteless, hoo yeah. Original? Heck yeah. Boring? No way. I could laugh at her on the can for... well minutes anyway. ;)

farmerjumperdon
2006-Mar-29, 02:35 PM
I've got a few prized gems from when I did college radio and had access to lots of limited production stuff. My favorite of the readily available stuff though is probably Horses from Patti Smith. It's actually a pretty well-known picture of the artist taken by Robert Mapelthorpe (sp?).

I have most of the original Beatles stuff on Capitol (the mainstream goodies anyway) but of course being that I owned them before I knew better to take care of them - they are in REALLY tough shape.

Yes, I am a total packrat.

Swift
2006-Mar-29, 03:42 PM
One of the more memorable covers for me was the Deborah Harry one with the needles through her head.

Halcyon Dayz
2006-Mar-29, 04:23 PM
One of the more memorable covers for me was the Deborah Harry one with the needles through her head.
Those were made by H. R. Giger, the Swiss artist.
Best known, to this crowd, as the designer of the xenomorph from Alien.

Lianachan
2006-Mar-29, 11:17 PM
I showed the list to my co-workers and one of them was a big Prince fan and was not impressed that he was there four times. Looking at the pictures though I could see why - what was he thinking with the 80s jacket and Speedo? :D

Who knows. But I still think that including a 12" single is pushing it somewhat, especially one so obscure. He's had worse covers than the ones on the list too.

turbonium
2006-Mar-30, 04:22 AM
Here's two more covers that I remembered for being more than a little tasteless...**CONTENT WARNING:MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME**

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer

http://www.cduniverse.com/images.asp?cart=323943116&pid=2940420&style=music&image=front&title=Blackfoot+%2D+Vertical+Smiles+CD

The album cover below was pulled because it eerily foreshadowed the 9/11 twin towers attack (it was designed in July 2001, only two months before 9/11!!)

http://www.rotten.com/news/articles/coup-cover-300.jpg

Maksutov
2006-Mar-30, 04:32 AM
From the world of classical music, this CD takes the cake:

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/6773/strauss0mu.th.jpg (http://img74.imageshack.us/my.php?image=strauss0mu.jpg)

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Mar-30, 05:04 AM
From the world of classical music, this CD takes the cake: http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/6773/strauss0mu.th.jpg (http://img74.imageshack.us/my.php?image=strauss0mu.jpg)
Wait a minute, the cover lists waltzes by Johann Jr., but isn't that a portrait of Richard? Ouch! :doh:

That reminds me of a budget classical label from the early '70s called Westminster that had simply execrable covers. Here are a few:

A pairing of the Beethoven Fifth and Schubert Unfinished symphonies: broken pencils on a desk and some writing paper.

Orchestral excerpts from Wagner's Goetterdaemerung: a hand from above crumbling a cookie.

Wagner's Die Walkure: what else? Brunnhilde wearing a pair of VW hubcaps!

And my vote for the worst one of all, the Brahms Second Symphony: what looks like a musical manuscript being used to wrap two fish--and the manuscript page is quite clearly the opening page of the symphony! (I own a study score of the symphony and recognized it right away.)

Thank you, Maksutov, for reminding me of these stinkers! :clap:

Maksutov
2006-Mar-31, 03:58 AM
Wait a minute, the cover lists waltzes by Johann Jr., but isn't that a portrait of Richard? Ouch! :doh: You got it. Imagine expecting Also Sprach, etc., and getting waltzes and polkas. BTW, if I recall correctly, old Dick wasn't even related to the Johanns.

That reminds me of a budget classical label from the early '70s called Westminster that had simply execrable covers. Here are a few:

A pairing of the Beethoven Fifth and Schubert Unfinished symphonies: broken pencils on a desk and some writing paper.

Orchestral excerpts from Wagner's Goetterdaemerung: a hand from above crumbling a cookie.

Wagner's Die Walkure: what else? Brunnhilde wearing a pair of VW hubcaps!

And my vote for the worst one of all, the Brahms Second Symphony: what looks like a musical manuscript being used to wrap two fish--and the manuscript page is quite clearly the opening page of the symphony! (I own a study score of the symphony and recognized it right away.)

Thank you, Maksutov, for reminding me of these stinkers! :clap:You're welcome. I remember those beauties too. Perhaps the two fish were supposed to indicate that the conductor took the exposition repeat in the Allegro non troppo first movement.

For me the worst of the Westminster "cool, with it, like happening now" covers was the one for The Planets by Gustav Holst.

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/7569/theplanetswestminster1cg.th.jpg (http://img82.imageshack.us/my.php?image=theplanetswestminster1cg.jpg)

I wonder how many purchasers thought they were getting the soundtrack to Barbarella or Flash (Flesh?) Gordon? :doh:

AGN Fuel
2006-Mar-31, 06:31 AM
For me the worst of the Westminster "cool, with it, like happening now" covers was the one for The Planets by Gustav Holst.

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/7569/theplanetswestminster1cg.th.jpg (http://img82.imageshack.us/my.php?image=theplanetswestminster1cg.jpg)

I wonder how many purchasers thought they were getting the soundtrack to Barbarella or Flash (Flesh?) Gordon? :doh:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

And I believe we may have a winner!! That is an absolute classic, Mak! Not just completely tacky, but utterly inappropriate.

I wonder what ol' Gustav would have made of that cover??

TriangleMan
2006-Mar-31, 12:01 PM
http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/7569/theplanetswestminster1cg.th.jpg (http://img82.imageshack.us/my.php?image=theplanetswestminster1cg.jpg)
I am . . . enthralled . . . by its utter hideousness. :eek:

Moose
2006-Mar-31, 01:37 PM
Wow. Now _that_'s.... that's...

You know, my extensive vocabulary seems to be failing me. Wow.

Jakenorrish
2006-Mar-31, 02:28 PM
I'm amazed that the Hoff only made the cut once. All his album covers are pretty OTT!