Appetite for Destruction By Guns And Roses The album's originally planned cover art, based on Robert Williams' painting "Appetite for Destruction", depicted a robotic rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, the label compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with an image depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull.
Shout at the Devil was Mötley Crüe's breakthrough success, bringing them to international attention. The album's title and the band's use of a pentagram brought the band a great deal of controversy upon its 1983 release, as Christian and conservative groups claimed the band was encouraging their listeners to worship Satan.
The album was one of the breakthrough releases of what was to become the 1980s "hair metal" movement, and was very influential in that regard.
Roger Waters The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Gerald Scarfe who had created the album artwork and some animation for Pink Floyd's The Wall album, created all the graphics and animation for the Pros and Cons album. Its cover prompted controversy for featuring a rear-view nude photograph of model and softcore pornography actress Linzi Drew It was condemned by some feminist groups. Although it was originally released with the nudity intact, subsequent editions distributed by Columbia Records censored Drew's buttocks with a black box
The front cover of the album featured the Poison logo and album title as a tattoo on Rikki Rockett's arm. The cover was originally planned to have a slightly different version of the tattoo cover that featured the tattoo after being freshly inked. This showed the skin as red and inflamed with dripping ink or blood. This cover was pulled though and instead a cleaned up tattoo was shown. The original cover was released for the initial pressing in Japan but was subsequently removed from all later pressings (including those in Japan).
Released in December 1968 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. The album was a return to roots rock for the band following the psychedelic pop of their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request Another cover that caused an uproar in the 60′s. The early versions of this sleeve were completely plain as pictures of public toilets were unforgivably vulgar in 1968
Jimi Hendrex Electric LadyLand
Hendrix had written to Reprise describing what he wanted for the cover artbut 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, and drew 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 used its art department, which produced a cover image by photographer David Montgomery, who also shot the inside cover portrait of Hendrix, depicting nineteen nude women lounging in front of a black background. Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with this "naked lady" cover Obviously this much nudity wouldn’t do in 1968 – the sleeve as it appears here was banned. Even now, the version you’ll see in the shops features Hendrix’s face covering the album
This image accompanied the debut album by the band (which included Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker). The sleeve started bizarre rumors, including that the girl was Baker’s daughter or was a groupie kept as a slave by the band. In the US it was replaced with a photo of the band. The release of the album provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding in her hands a silver winged object, which some perceived as phallic The US record company issued it with an alternative cover (which showed a photograph of the band on the front) as well as the original cover.
Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet
The cover consists of a wet black garbage bag with the words "Slippery When Wet" traced in the water. The album originally was to feature a busty, 34DD woman in a wet yellow T-shirt with the album name on the front of the shirt. This original version of the cover was swapped for the wet plastic bag cover just prior to release, mainly due to the fact that vocalist Jon Bon Jovi hated the pink border on the cover. The exception is in Japan, where most releases of the album do include the original cover art
The original album cover art was photographed by famous fashion photographer John Scarpati and featured a nude female model being hoisted out of the sea by a large hook. This cover was judged too risque by the label and replaced shortly after the initial pressing with an alternative cover that had the hook still below the sea level and the model partially submerged, so that only her head and arms were visible
john Lennon & Yoko Ono, ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ (1968)
The front cover showed them frontally nude including Lennon's penis and Ono's breasts and pudendal cleft and both Lennon's and Ono's natural pubic hair while the rear cover showed them nude from behind including their buttocks. The cover provoked an outrage, prompting distributors to sell the album in a plain brown wrapper, covering the nude front cover Copies of the album were impounded as obscene in several jurisdictions (including 30,000 copies in New Jersey in January 1969). Lennon commented that the uproar seemed to have less to do with the explicit nudity, and more to do with the fact that the pair were rather unattractive (and the photo unflattering; Lennon described it later as a picture of "two slightly overweight ex-junkies
David Bowie-Diamond Dogs
The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release. The genitalia were quickly airbrushed out for the 1974 LP's gatefold sleeve, although the original artwork and another rejected cover featuring Bowie in a sombrero cordobés holding onto a ravenous dog, an image captured by Terry O'Neill was included in subsequent re-issues.
The Black Crowes- Amorica
The album was banned from some stores like Walmart and Kmart due to its sexually explicit album cover, which features a woman's crotch wearing a United States flag thong with pubic hair sticking out. The picture was from the cover of a July 1976 Hustler magazine. The image was replaced with a black background which only featured the triangle. They loved The Original in Brazil though
Scorpions-Taken By Force
Here Is another album cover That was Banned By The Scorpions The photography was taken by Michael von Gimbut,returning for his third Scorpions album cover commission. Like their previous two albums, Taken By Force caused controversy with its cover art which again resulted in the artwork being replaced in most markets with an alternative cover using photographs of the band members. The band's former lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth defended the original artwork in a 2008 interview, I think the original idea was children playing with guns at a military cemetary in France and some people found that offensive. I don't think it's offensive because I think it was actually a quite a good image because it puts war totally into perspective, very often it is young people, eighteen, ninenteen , going to war that don't fully understand life
The Mamas and the Papas, ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears’ (1966)
is one of the first albums to have several different covers. The first cover (shown at the right) featured the group in a bathroom sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner. The album with this cover was pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent. The remaining covers featuring the toilet have since become collector's items. A second album cover was then released with a scroll over the toilet listing the presence of "California Dreamin'" on the album. Two more songs were later added to the scroll/box over the toilet. Still later, a Gold Record Award blurb was added (in black) to the left of the group. Finally, a later album cover was released with a closely cropped shot of the band surrounded by a black border that removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom.
Scorpions- Virgin Killer
Scorpions Album artwork has always had Controvery surrounding them And this one is definetly no exception The original cover art for the album depicted a nude ten-year-old girl, with a shattered glass effect obscuring her genitalia. The image was designed by Steffan Böhle, who was then the product manager for RCA Records Francis Buchholz was the bassist for the band and, in an interview conducted in early 2007, recollects that the model depicted on the cover was either the daughter or the niece of the cover designer.The photograph was taken by Michael von Gimbut.
David Bowie-Tin Machine II
For the American release of the album, the cover was airbrushed to remove the genitalia of the Kouroi statues. "Even Canada has the original cover," Bowie said, "Only in America..." Bowie floated the idea of allowing American album-buyers to send away to the record company for the genitalia that were struck from their version of the cover, but the label balked. He said "then [the fans] could paste them back on. But the label freaked out at the idea. Sending genitals through the mail is a serious offense
Country Life By Roxy Music
Album Cover Was Shot by Eric Boman,the cover features two scantily-clad models, Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald. Bryan Ferry met them in Portugal and persuaded them to do the photo shoot as well as to help him with the words to the song "Bitter-Sweet". Although not namechecked for appearing on the cover, they are credited on the lyric sheet for their German translation work.The cover image was considered controversial in some countries such as the United States, Spain, and the Netherlands, where it was censored for release. As a result, a later American LP release of Country Life (available during the years 1975–80) featured a different cover shot. Instead of Karoli and Grunwald posed in front of some trees, the reissue used a photo from the album's back cover that featured only the trees.
The Beatles, ‘Yesterday And Today’
Capitol Records initially ordered plant managers to destroy the covers, and the Jacksonville plant delivered most of its copies to a land fill. However faced with so many jackets already printed, Capitol decided instead to paste a much more conventional cover over the old ones. The new cover, featuring a picture of the band posed around an open steamer trunk, had to be trimmed on the open end by about 3 mm (1/8 inch) because the new sheet, known as a "slick", was not placed exactly "square" on top of the original cover. Tens of thousands of these so-called "Trunk" covers were sent out. As word of this manoeuvre became known to the public, owners of the altered cover attempted, usually unsuccessfully, to peel off the pasted-over cover, hoping to reveal the original image hidden beneath
This one doesn’t need any explanation as to why it caused problems. The anti-establishment rockers, whose guitarist Danbert Nobacon very famously drenched Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards, actually intended to cause outrage with this sleeve. Many stores refused to stock it and others covered it with a plain wrapper. The iTunes version of the album replaces the baby picture with a painting of several flowers
The cover depicted a man and woman in formalwear seated in the back of a car, with one of the woman's breasts exposed and connected to the man's hand by stretched bubblegum. The back cover featured the same man and woman, but holding a photograph of the band and her breasts completely exposed (without the gum). It was created by Storm Thorgerson of the design firm Hipgnosis. It caused some controversy upon the album's release and was subsequently banned,[with later pressings of the album bearing a simple design of a blue scorpion on a black background. The album's artwork was named "Best album sleeve of 1979" by Playboy magazine.
Scorpion's Love at First Sting
original cover art features a man ad a partially nude woman locked in an embrace, with the man giving the woman a tattoo on her thigh. Despite the record company having shown the original cover art to retailers without any concerns, a complaint by Wal-Mart after the album was released resulted in PolyGram Records issuing a "clean" cover for use in several department store chains. The alternative cover was designed to be less controversial by simply showing a photo of the band members, which was the same photo on the inner sleeve
Bow Wow Wow-See The Jungle See Jungle Go Join Your Gang
The singer for Bow Wow Wow was only 15 years old when this album was released. Lwin’s covered-but-naked body on the album cover, prompted her mother to accuse band manager Malcolm Mclaren of exploiting a minor. The Andy Earl cover caused outrage that led to an investigation by Scotland Yard instigated by Lwin's mother.and never appeared on UK and US releases
HURRICANE - SLAVE TO THE THRILL
The original is a bit too "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" The original album cover art was photographed by John Scarpati.It featured a nude female model lying on a machine. This cover was replaced shortly after the initial pressing by an alternative cover that had the female model removed from the picture so that all that was seen is the machine. but what's so offensive about it? Every adult Woman (and quite a few adult Men) in the free world has seen that position at least once. Maybe it's the position that got it banned? Maybe if they flipped her over it would have been okay? Might not have been a bad idea, she's a bit too bony anyway.
Jane’s Addiction, ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ (1990)
Perry Farrell freaked out when people started calling for this cover to be banned. Two versions of the disc packaging were created: one album featured cover artwork by singer Perry Farrell related to the song "Three Days" and including male and female nudity; the other cover has been called the "clean cover", and features only black text on a white background, listing the band name, album name, and the text of the First Amendment(the "freedom of speech" amendment) of the U.S. Constitution. The back cover of the "clean cover" also contains the text The Clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores who refused to stock items with represented nudity