Great albums with awful cover art

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Joshua Hudson, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Joshua Hudson

    Joshua Hudson Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    I doubt many could top my contribution; The Royal Scam.

    Just how those aesthetes passed that cover, I'll never know.
     
  2. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    I think a lot of forum members could top your contribution.

    Here's one:

    Can't Buy A Thrill - Steely Dan.
     
  3. Joshua Hudson

    Joshua Hudson Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    See, I think that's great.

    Gaudy, but great.

    Countdown is abstract, but great.

    Royal just seems willfully bad to me.

    Of the four animals' heads ontop of the skyscrapers,
    can you honestly tell me that one is remotely
    indicative of the sophistication within?

    Especially the shark (or its rough equivalent)?
     
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  4. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    More like "gaudy and godawful. :D
     
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  5. Joshua Hudson

    Joshua Hudson Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    The grease-stained liner notes top off the conceit...along with the knowingly deflating sarcasm.

    Great.
     
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  6. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    Perhaps not, but from an aesthetic standpoint I don't think it looks awful.
    I think it's a concept nicely carried out, aesthetically, even if the concept itself
    is rather clichéd.

    As for Can't Buy A Thrill, it's like an '80s nightmare set in the '70s, the Cars on cocaine. And I love this album.
     
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  7. Joshua Hudson

    Joshua Hudson Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Speaker's Corner, here I come!

    I LOVE Fire in the Hole!

    Oh.
     
  8. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

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    Not sure how this devolved into a Steely Dan thread, but, honestly are there any good one? Aja is a chick in a black robe against a black background. I think this is the best one. Katylied had a bug on it. Pretzel Logic had a Pretzel push cart. The Royal Scam had a guy sleeping on a park bench.

    Anyway this top has been too many times. My answer is still Rainbow - Straight between the Eyes. The artwork is terrible, the concept is poor and event he typeface is boring.
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  9. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

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    Prince - Lovesexy

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  10. Another Steve

    Another Steve Forum Resident

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    Beggars Banquet, its cover will be hard to beat as being awful, but I've owned it for years. Easily in my Top 3 Rolling Stones albums. A lesser album, I would have passed on.
     
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  11. warewolf95

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    A few years ago I was in a thrift shop with my dad and they had a vinyl copy of it. Pissed me off that I couldn't get it because, ya know, how am I gonna explain this to my very straight-laced dad :D
     
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  12. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

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    Sabotage
     
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  13. warewolf95

    warewolf95 Forum Resident

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    How in the world did anyone approve this. It looks like 5 piles of dog poop stuck on there.

    I win this thread:
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  14. RobNeil

    RobNeil Forum Resident

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    Pet Sounds
     
  15. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Dead or Alive-Nude/88-89 Both Japan and world covers :laugh:
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  16. buxetehude

    buxetehude Forum Resident

    Pink Moon
     
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  17. MHP

    MHP Forum Resident

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    “Help!” by The Beatles.
     
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  18. dumangl

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  19. dumangl

    dumangl Senior Member

    I like the Pet Sounds album cover.
     
  20. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

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    I dunno, man. The Beach Boys totally went downhill after "Remember The Zoo". :p
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  21. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    I have no words.
     
  22. saborlord123

    saborlord123 Forum Resident

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    Gonna have to say Beatles For Sale. I don't hate it, it's just so bland compared to the other ones.
     
  23. dumangl

    dumangl Senior Member

    I thought that was after Pot Sounds.

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    Under a pseudonym to hide their embarrassment of course.
     
  24. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    :laugh:
    Josh asked...
    I really don't feel very good about it. Hopefully he doesn't ask for 12 inch single covers :winkgrin:
     
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  25. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    Now I may have to google the band's 12-inch single covers :help: :laugh:.
     
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