Banned on the Run: 20 Shocking Classic Album Covers [NSFW]
Join us as we take a look at 20 of the most shocking, banned classic album covers of all time.
Roxy Music - Country Life (1974)
The title of British glam rockers Roxy Music’s fourth album, Country Life, was reportedly taken from a U.K. rural lifestyle mag of the same name. It’s not confirmed whether the magazine also featured see-through lingerie-clad models, like the pair shown on the album. Of course, the cover offended the moral majority in the U.S. at the time, and the album was repackaged to appease them.
Scorpions - Lovedrive (1979)
Already familiar with cover art controversy (see following entry), German heavy metal act Scorpions once again got the censors' attention with the cover of their 1979 album Lovedrive, which featured a formally dressed couple in a pose where the man’s hand was connected to the women’s exposed breast by a wad of bubble gum. ("Sticky Fingers" might have been a more appropriate title.)
Scorpions - Virgin Killer (1976)
The original uber-controversial cover of Scorpions 1976’s Virgin Killer—featuring a nude girl partially obscured by shattered glass (which is censored below)—garnered immediate and justified protest from, well, everyone. The band pointed to label executives for the misguided art direction and was pleased when the album was reprinted with a band photo instead. Good call.
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