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Title: Awful album covers!
Post by: MrTorso on July 12, 2010, 10:05:03 AM
So what are some of the worst album covers you have ever come across? Which ones make you laugh the most.

When I worked at a Borders we had this CD in and it always made me laugh:

(http://www.latinwaymusic.it/catalog/images/QuierenChorizo.jpg)

I also own this gem on vinyl:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/MHayes001.jpg)

Which comes with this gem of a mini -poster:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/MHayes002.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 12, 2010, 11:18:02 AM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/worst-album-covers/2-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on July 12, 2010, 11:48:17 AM
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MontyServo on July 12, 2010, 02:29:12 PM
Awesome Freebird cover!  The Freebirds kicked all kinds of ass back in the day!

And as many times as I've seen that Ken album cover, it still cracks me up!  I'll be disappointed if Joyce isn't too far behind.  And the birthday one too.  Those are awesome.  I really wanna hear these albums too.   ;D
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 12, 2010, 02:41:13 PM
Here you go Monty:

(http://strider01.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/joyce1.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MontyServo on July 12, 2010, 02:43:25 PM
Awesome!   ;D  Ken and Joyce are the king and queen of awful album cover threads!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MontyServo on July 12, 2010, 02:51:25 PM
I'm gonna go through all of my albums and see if I have anything that might be considered "awful"  I've picked up a ton of stuff in yard sales and thrift stores over the years just for the cheese factor so I probably have something of interest.  I'll post pictures if I find anything.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on July 12, 2010, 03:12:43 PM
Yeah, Ken and Joyce will be hard to top!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MontyServo on July 12, 2010, 03:19:28 PM
Here's a couple from my personal collection.  I need to dig around a bit more, but these two are pretty bad.

(http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/4312/1000571s.jpg)

(Looks like Hall and Oates had Adam Lambert beat by about 35 years.)

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6614/1000575.jpg)

(I actually love this album, but the cover is pretty silly.)

More to come if I can find any.  And everybody post stuff from their own collections if they have anything.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 12, 2010, 04:25:51 PM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/worst-album-covers/2-1.jpg)

Someone asked for that?! :scared:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2010, 04:42:32 PM
Yes, Ken did.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 13, 2010, 12:54:10 AM
Which comes with this gem of a mini -poster:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/MHayes002.jpg)

For the first time in my life, I'm questioning my sexual preference..... :speechless:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 13, 2010, 07:51:59 AM
For the first time in my life, I'm questioning my sexual preference..... :speechless:

Me too, although for me, I think it's for the opposite reason.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2010, 11:15:42 AM
For the first time in my life, I'm questioning my sexual preference..... :speechless:

Me too, although for me, I think it's for the opposite reason.

I'm not altogether sure what preferences should be doubting what here. Are we sure we know what kind of "plumbing" is hiding under that flag? Is this some sort of pre-op/post-op situation?

I'm just gonna try to put this out of my mind.

 :gouge:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 13, 2010, 11:28:36 AM
So I checked my record collection, and there's not much by way of bad covers.  The worst ones I have are:

(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/XMAS%20Records%202/47-Kenny-Dolly-530-85.jpg)

and

(http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/351/351417/35141737.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2010, 11:36:29 AM
(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/XMAS%20Records%202/47-Kenny-Dolly-530-85.jpg)
(http://strider01.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/joyce1.jpg)

I look at these covers and all I think of is this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/oDqY4KO1x8o

It occurs to me that these two need to appear on Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 13, 2010, 11:42:51 AM
That lady had a budgie in her mouth.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2010, 11:44:52 AM
She did indeed.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 13, 2010, 12:13:03 PM
Just found some good ones by people we've actually heard of:

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/3/22933.jpg?v=1)

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/9/22939.jpg?v=1)

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/0/22930.jpg?v=1)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2010, 12:22:51 PM
(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/9/22939.jpg?v=1)

No Cher.  No I won't.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on July 13, 2010, 01:20:17 PM
(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/1/22931.jpg?v=1)

I love his life too.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: stansimpson on July 13, 2010, 07:16:20 PM
This thread needed to happen.  And there's definitely a lack of rap artists represented here, so let me share some of my faves:
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2515/1264452380_sweet-p-i-toast-myself.jpg)

(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2515/1264452596_1st-famm-best-kept-secret.jpg)

Check out the Bert & Ernie cameo in this one:
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2516/1264454691_majik-most-molesting-hiphop.jpg)

Hey, remember Netscape Navigator?
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2516/1264454556_trick-daddy-thug-com.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Tripe on July 13, 2010, 07:22:52 PM
Hey, remember Netscape Navigator?
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2516/1264454556_trick-daddy-thug-com.jpg)
I also remember that album (and might still have a copy somewhere, sigh)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on July 13, 2010, 07:24:03 PM
(http://www.badrecordcovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/slide0010_image019.jpg)

(http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/_uploads/images/myblogs/WorstAlbum_7.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2010, 07:34:53 PM
This thread needed to happen.  And there's definitely a lack of rap artists represented here, so let me share some of my faves:
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2515/1264452380_sweet-p-i-toast-myself.jpg)

(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2515/1264452596_1st-famm-best-kept-secret.jpg)

Check out the Bert & Ernie cameo in this one:
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2516/1264454691_majik-most-molesting-hiphop.jpg)

Hey, remember Netscape Navigator?
(http://media.heavy.com/post_assets/2010/01/2516/1264454556_trick-daddy-thug-com.jpg)

My First Photoshop Attempts!

(http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/_uploads/images/myblogs/WorstAlbum_7.jpg)

Dieter?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2010, 08:07:11 PM
All those rap ones reminded me of this cover:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BaxMlnoKZyY/SXL9HYgxbuI/AAAAAAAABaE/G8ptEcVxleI/s1600/pooh-man-mc-pooh-funky-as-i-wanna-be.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: stansimpson on July 13, 2010, 08:25:03 PM
It gets so much better (or worse?) when you turn it upside down!
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/pooh-man-mc-pooh-funky-as-i-wanna-b.jpg)


Also, where else have I seen this?  Oh yeah!
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/Picture3-5.png) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MrTorso on July 13, 2010, 09:13:56 PM
It gets so much better (or worse?) when you turn it upside down!
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/pooh-man-mc-pooh-funky-as-i-wanna-b.jpg)



Hah! POOH MAN!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: BBQ Platypus on July 14, 2010, 03:22:31 PM
(http://www.aorblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Image-88407-527022-DevastatinDave.jpg)

The song itself sounds pretty much exactly how you'd expect, though that doesn't stop it from possibly being even worse than its cover suggests:

http://www.youtube.com/v/lsE6ZD9c_zE
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Tyrant on July 14, 2010, 05:32:01 PM
Okay, couldn't make past 40 seconds of the Zip Zap Rap.  :gouge:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: stansimpson on July 14, 2010, 05:38:07 PM
Okay, couldn't make past 40 seconds of the Zip Zap Rap.  :gouge:
Ha!  Same here!   :D
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Pak-Man on July 15, 2010, 01:12:49 AM
But as a middle-class white American, that's exactly what I'm supposed to think Rap is supposed to sound like. At 3:35 he even starts doing the gaspy noise. PLUS it has the lyrics "Say no to drugs" and "Don't be no fool, stay in school". It takes me right back to the '80s! And it's Saturday Morning, and they're killing time between 2 of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. Either that or I'm watching a video that DARE decided everyone in my class should see. Still, nostalgia!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Compound on July 15, 2010, 07:57:06 AM
Just found some good ones by people we've actually heard of:

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/9/22939.jpg?v=1)


Cher *is* Takhisis *in* Dragons of Studio 54!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: gbeenie on July 15, 2010, 08:28:41 PM
In 1989, I had a work-study job at the music library at Bowling Green State University. In that few months, I saw some truly WTF album covers, most of which I've manged to blot out of my memory. But not all:

(http://www.saustexmedia.com/WALTZNEWSCANIRIS.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2010, 07:59:23 AM
I had no problem with the hideous cross-dressing hicks but then I realized the artist had ADD and completely lost focus.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 16, 2010, 11:30:36 AM
I had no problem with the hideous cross-dressing hicks but then I realized the artist had ADD and completely lost focus.

Or the drugs finally kicked in..
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on July 16, 2010, 11:41:34 AM
I had no problem with the hideous cross-dressing hicks but then I realized the artist had ADD and completely lost focus.

Or the drugs finally kicked in..

Looks like "R. Crumb - lite"
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2010, 03:36:28 PM
I was thinking Crumb and Ed Roth drank too much moonshine then took turns puking onto a piece of construction paper.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 17, 2010, 01:30:11 AM
On the other hand, there are syndicated cartoons in "alternative" newspapers across the country that look just like that...and are supposed to be funny.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: BBQ Platypus on July 18, 2010, 09:22:35 PM
Okay, couldn't make past 40 seconds of the Zip Zap Rap.  :gouge:
Ha!  Same here!   :D
Probably sounds great if you're high, though. :D
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: PsychoGoatee on July 20, 2010, 10:10:38 PM
(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo221/azamakal/theli.jpg)

Theli by Therion. Always stands out as the worst album cover to me. It's... its magic.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: gbeenie on July 21, 2010, 11:13:11 AM
(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo221/azamakal/theli.jpg)

Theli by Therion. Always stands out as the worst album cover to me. It's... its magic.

I like how Anubis has his head cocked to one side, like an actual curious dog.

You can almost hear him thinking, "You're going with what for the cover?"
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2010, 05:50:51 PM
(http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo221/azamakal/theli.jpg)

Theli by Therion. Always stands out as the worst album cover to me. It's... its magic.

That lazer cat's cradle on the bottom ties the whole thing together.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Starman! on August 22, 2010, 07:53:08 PM
(http://www.mrbalihai.com/goof/images1/Tubby_Boots.jpg)

(http://www.theslipperytruffle.com/log/worstalbum_cover.jpg)

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/108/293990622_70b0e02300_m.jpg)

(http://image.vmixcore.com/66/2468/25/9355354/119/66/93/ccb1ddedb8989bd72a50cf84333b8b02.jpg)

(http://cdn.pitchfork.com/images/original/42389.lovegrenade.jpg)

(http://www.oliverbenjamin.net/images/funny%20pics/pic15457.jpg)

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/25/52331268_5e78f2d0f5.jpg)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1377/656842946_0950f29d77_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Starman! on August 22, 2010, 07:54:31 PM
There's also these:

(http://passiveharassment.com/storage/music/boned.jpg)

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000J6AC.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: PsychoGoatee on August 23, 2010, 06:42:06 AM
Gotta hand it to you, that is a legendary selection of awful album covers. ;D

"I Eat Kids", "All My Friends Are Dead", that's some heavy stuff!
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Kete on August 23, 2010, 09:34:45 AM
(http://image.vmixcore.com/66/2468/25/9355354/119/66/93/ccb1ddedb8989bd72a50cf84333b8b02.jpg)

That's Dominic Monaghan, right?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Starman! on August 23, 2010, 02:07:32 PM
(http://image.vmixcore.com/66/2468/25/9355354/119/66/93/ccb1ddedb8989bd72a50cf84333b8b02.jpg)

That's Dominic Monaghan, right?

*shrugs shoulders*
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: gbeenie on August 23, 2010, 02:54:54 PM

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000J6AC.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

I'm going out on a limb here, but I'd submit that "a long time coming" is the exact OPPOSITE of Lil' Cease's problem...
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Starman! on August 23, 2010, 03:24:13 PM

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000J6AC.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

I'm going out on a limb here, but I'd submit that "a long time coming" is the exact OPPOSITE of Lil' Cease's problem...

 :D :D  :clap:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: stansimpson on August 23, 2010, 03:40:18 PM
(http://image.vmixcore.com/66/2468/25/9355354/119/66/93/ccb1ddedb8989bd72a50cf84333b8b02.jpg)
I know this ranks low on questions people have of this... but why is "Scarred" censored?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on August 23, 2010, 04:32:38 PM
I'm assumed it is "screwed" and tattooed..... and the "**" makes no sense to me.......
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: MSTJedi on August 23, 2010, 10:38:21 PM
I'm assumed it is "screwed" and tattooed..... and the "**" makes no sense to me.......

Well, you gotta be able to reach your key Wal-Mart demographic, and you know they always censor everything.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Starman! on August 24, 2010, 09:58:19 AM
I'm assumed it is "screwed" and tattooed..... and the "**" makes no sense to me.......

Well, you gotta be able to reach your key Wal-Mart demographic, and you know they always censor everything.

This is true.  :D :duel:
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 25, 2010, 12:34:36 AM
(http://image.vmixcore.com/66/2468/25/9355354/119/66/93/ccb1ddedb8989bd72a50cf84333b8b02.jpg)
I know this ranks low on questions people have of this... but why is "Scarred" censored?

I'm assuming that "The SMASH HITS" are a band....?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Bob on August 25, 2010, 02:51:47 AM
 :D

Maybe they mean SMASH HITS as in you will be so high on meth when listening to that you will smash and hit someone?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Cosmic Muse on August 25, 2010, 10:00:44 AM
(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/article/9/3/9/22939.jpg?v=1)

Now that outfit Cher's wearing reminds me of an Ator character, namely the evil sorceress from the first movie that was trying to seduce (and succeeded.) Ator.

(http://lostinthepast.shunpike.net/a/ator/AtFE139.jpg)

I just hope Cher doesn't look into any funhouse mirrors.

Okay, couldn't make past 40 seconds of the Zip Zap Rap.  :gouge:

But the song teaches you to just "SAY NOooooooOOOO!"
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 25, 2010, 09:36:12 PM
:D

Maybe they mean SMASH HITS as in you will be so high on meth when listening to that you will smash and hit someone?

The album cover is definitely "Body by Crystal Meth".....

Okay, couldn't make past 40 seconds of the Zip Zap Rap.  :gouge:

But the song teaches you to just "SAY NOooooooOOOO!"

Still, D'Mite he ain't.   ;)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Watchman on September 09, 2010, 12:44:45 AM
If it hasn't been mentioned yet, AV Club has a great article: "Decorate thine fašade with resplendent self-seriousness: 18 particularly ridiculous prog-rock album covers" http://www.avclub.com/articles/decorate-thine-facade-with-resplendent-selfserious,2150/ (http://www.avclub.com/articles/decorate-thine-facade-with-resplendent-selfserious,2150/)



(http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/2150/gentle_giant.jpg)
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 09, 2010, 01:33:32 AM
That's quite a collection they found there.  People forget that for every iconic album cover there's about 1000 misfires like those in that article.

In fact, it reminded me of an album cover by one of my favorites - ELO - that was pretty bad....the album's called "Secret Messages".

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61pJKr33K2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

And they were usually known for their clever cover art like "Face the Music" and "Out of the Blue".
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on October 03, 2010, 07:32:01 AM
(http://www.badrecordcovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/slide0010_image019.jpg)

Hmm, I didn't know Roger Ebert was a musician.
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: k1 on October 03, 2010, 07:36:12 AM
(http://www.badrecordcovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/slide0010_image019.jpg)

Hmm, I didn't know Roger Ebert was a musician.

Grandma?
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Tripe on October 03, 2010, 01:45:15 PM
I'm in.
(http://www.amiright.com/photoshops/images/album_1204040887.jpg)
Great album that's not the actual cover of it however (http://www.amiright.com/photoshops/a/arcticmonkeysalbum_1204040887.shtml).
Title: Re: Awful album covers!
Post by: Watchman on October 05, 2010, 08:35:44 PM
After the departure of Derek Riggs, who created all their classic covers & the Eddie mascot that graced them, Iron Maiden released Dance of Death with a cover that looked like a snap shot of computer chess or something:
(http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/iron_maiden-dance_of_death.jpg)

Roger Waters' first solo album caught a lot of flack for this cover:
(http://www.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/images/album-covers/roger-waters/pros-and-cons-of-hitchhiking.jpg)