Naked Album Covers - sorta NSFW!
2/6/2013 5:22:00 PM
This Week's Mystery Themed 12-Pack: Album Art That Contains Nudity [bow chicka wow wow!]
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother's Milk (1989) [Song: "Higher Ground"]
The album cover features a black and white photograph of the band sprawled across the arms of a proportionately larger naked woman. A rose conceals one of her nipples while singer Anthony Kiedis' standing body conceals the other. Several national chains refused to sell the record because they believed the female subject displayed too much nudity. A stricter censored version was manufactured for some retailers that featured the band members in far larger proportion than the original.
2. Puddle of Mudd – Come Clean (2001) [Song: "She Hates Me"]
The cover featured a black and white picture of a boy with his pants down and with crack showing. [The boy is frontman Wes Scantlin's son, Jordan.]
3. Guns N' Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987) [Song: Mr. Brownstone]
The original cover for Appetite for Destruction, based on a Robert Williams painting of the same name, featured an opened-shirt woman, who had clearly been raped by a robot rapist, about to be crushed by a metal avenger. When every music video programme refused to play any music videos because of the cover, it was changed to show a rendering of a tattoo Axl Rose had on his forearm of the band as 5 skulls on a cross.
4. Jane's Addiction – Nothing's Shocking (1988) [Song: "Jane Says"]
The album cover, created by frontman Perry Farrell, features a sculpture of a pair of nude female conjoined twins sitting on a sideways rocking chair with their heads on fire. Farrell said the image, like much of his artwork, came to him in a dream and he hired the employees of Warner Bros. to create the cover sculpture; after learning how to create sculptures by watching them closely, he fired the Warner Bros. staff and created the artwork himself. Farrell hired someone to help create a full body casting of his girlfriend for use as the sculptures. Retailers objected to the album's cover. Nine out of the eleven leading record store chains refused to carry Nothing's Shocking, and the record had to be issued covered with brown paper.
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1968) [Song: "All Along The Watchtower]
Hendrix wrote to Reprise describing exactly what he wanted for the cover art, but was mostly ignored. He expressly asked for a color photo by Linda Eastman of the group sitting with children on a sculpture from Alice in Wonderland in Central Park, even drawing a picture of it for reference. The company instead used a blurred red and yellow photo of his head, taken by Karl Ferris. Track Records had its own art department, which produced a cover depicting nineteen nude women lounging in front of a black background taken by photographer David Montgomery, who also shot the inside cover portrait of Hendrix. In interviews, Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with this "naked lady" cover, much as he was displeased with the Axis: Bold As Love cover which he found disrespectful.
6. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998) [Song: "The Dope Show"]
The infamous photo depicts Manson as an androgynous naked figure with breasts, six fingers and airbrushed genitalia.
7. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991) [Song: "Lithium"]
The album cover clearly showed an infant's (Spencer Elden) penis. Chain stores such as Wal-Mart, and K-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Nevermind. However eventually due to such high demand, Nirvana compromised and put a sticker that read "Featuring 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Come As You Are' and 'Lithium'" over the genitals. Nirvana saw continued controversy for their next album, In Utero.
8. Rush – Hemispheres (1978) [Song: "The Trees"]
The cover art features a naked man walking across a giant brain. An alternative cover, which displays the "Rush Hemispheres" text printed in red and yellow on a black background, exists on some reissues.
9. The Strokes – Is This It (2001) [Song: "Last Nite"]
The original cover art featured a photograph of a woman's nude bottom and hip, with a leather-gloved hand suggestively resting on it. Copies of this album were banned and the cover art was changed to a microscopic close-up of particle collisions.
10. Tool – Undertow (1993) [Song: "Sober"]
Photos in the liner notes of a nude obese woman, a nude man of normal weight, a cow licking its genitals, and the band members with pins in the sides of their heads generated controversy, resulting in the album being removed from stores such as Kmart and Wal-Mart. The cover was later replaced by a giant bar code.
11. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (1973) [Song: "D'yer Maker"]
The cover art for Houses of the Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke's novel Childhood's End. (The ending involves several hundred million naked children, only slightly and physically resembling the human race in basic forms.) It is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell. The two children who modelled for the cover were siblings Stefan and Samanatha Gates. The photoshoot was a frustrating affair over the course of ten days. Shooting was done first thing in the morning and at sunset in order to capture the light at dawn and dusk, but the desired effect was never achieved due to constant rain and clouds. The photos of the two children were taken in black and white and were multi-printed to create the effect of 11 individuals that can be seen on the album cover. The results of the shoot were less than satisfactory, but some accidental tinting effects in post-production created an unexpectedly striking album cover.
12. Blink 182 - Enema of the State (1999) [Song: "What's My Age Again?"]
Okay, so it's not FULL nudity, but the cover features porn star Janine Lindemulder dressed as a sexy nurse showing a helluva lot of cleavage. Additionally, a portion of the enclosed booklet with the album features a panorama of men posing in just underwear – Blink-182 members Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker included.