Banned on the Run: 20 Shocking Classic Album Covers [NSFW]

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ardiril

Recycling articles from 2009, eh?

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mklotz

And we claim to be the most free county in the world?? What a joke, we are lame. It's art, get a grip. If you don't like it, don't buy it.

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miker00lz

America isn't the only country the covers were changed in, and it's not like the government banned any of these anyway! The record labels forced the bands to change the covers, so I'm not sure where you are getting this whole "we aren't free" idea from here.

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guitarladd

I still have my Mom's Apple Pie album that I found in the cut-out bin in the '70s and bought after giving the cover a second glance. Haven't had a turntable in years and can't remember what they sounded like. I out to sell it on Ebay, maybe I could make a few bucks.

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slawbag44

actually scorpions had four covers changed taken by force and love at first sting being the other two

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johnnycnote

The original cover to Golden Earring's "Moontan" was censored as it contained nudity on the front and back. The front was a stylized topless girl with a big ostrich feather, while the back was the singer (from the rear) with someone in an asbestos fire suit resting his elbow on the singer's shoulder.

I once came across it in the most unexpected place, a super discount (as in junky) store that had a small record section. It's the album with "Radar Love", their one big US hit, but there were a number of other songs that were really great. In fact, the album only had 5 songs, all long.

I saw them live twice, the first time opening for Robin Trower and then they opened for Santana the 2nd time. Both shows were great and they were much better than the headlining acts, or so was the consensus of the people who'd been there that I talked to. They played essentially the same set each time.

If you get a chance, check out YouTube for a live version of "Big Tree Blue Sea". That was always my favorite song. After nearly 40 years I still like it . . .

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slawbag44

i saw them in 83 when twilight zone(the other airplay song lol)was out.they opened for triumph and were great.very underrated musicians

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johnnycnote

I think they were one of those bands that prefers touring over the studio and has less radio-ready material. I fully agree that they've been underrated. Those who do remember them usually think of "Radar Love", or "Twilight Zone", and stop there. I'm definitely glad I got to see them when I did.

Here's my favorite song, Big Tree Blue Sea, live from the time period when I saw them: http://tinyurl.com/af642qk

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BVC

First thing I thought of was also "Mom's Apple Pie," (which I LOVED when I saw it)! But almost no one's ever heard of it, apparently. You and me, SR71, and that old band! It's a funny thing: I agree with not offending people. I myself don't write offensive lyrics, for example. But I DO lament the loss of a little outrage, and a wilder sense of humor than many people have. Zappa, The Beatles, Stones and many others relied on it, and it gave us surprises and laughs along the way. Now so-called "shock" is normal, and incredibly boring, and unrelenting "PC-ness" is the at-least-equally-boring order of the day. I wish we COULD come back to a little visual outrage, where we again have the ability to be creative, laugh a bit at ourselves, and wake others up as we go. Happy New Year!

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sr71lives

What about the original album cover for the band Mom's Apple Pie?

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number1slashfan

Dude, those are the weirdest ablum covers I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!! But GUITARWORLD once again found something very interesting to write about!
GOOOOOOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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devilmaycry1979

Thants just plain tasteless no matter who you think you are..

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an00bis

where is manson? His are more disterbing to me then most of those. But the virgin killers one was really bad x-p

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atticus

cool - thanks for the info. worth checking out.

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zipcity

One obvious bit of "no one will stock this" cover artwork you missed was the HEADACHE EP by Big Black. The version you'll find in stores today has a weird looking cartoon of a fist coming up through someone's skull, but the original cover was far more offensive -- it featured autopsy photos of a man whose head had been split in half by a shotgun blast. Both covers can be seen on the page linked below, but don't click on the links for the "limited edition" cover if you're easily freaked out:

http://petdance.com/actionpark/bigblack/discography/

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johnnycnote

Well, at least it must have been quick . . .

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icenerveshatter

I always thought Witchfinder General were the most Spinal Tap-ish in their album cover choices. "Burning a Sinner"

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