Have you seen our gallery of the Top 50 Worst Album Covers (as inspired by Arctic Monkeys and Lady Gaga) yet? It’s a cringeworthy countdown of everything from the ridiculous to the sublime via the downright deranged.
The Downright Deranged:
I mean, who the feck thought using a kid’s drawing of a bald fat man-baby force feeding his penis to a toy rabbit was a good idea?
Anyway, as with any countdown of a finite number, there’s plenty of room for more ideas. Only today this montrosity landed on my desk, a CD case whose bizarre mix of voyeurism, roller skates, and glacial valleys says nothing about the music inside (as it turns out a not-bad collection of New York electro that features Tunde Adebimpe – get a free download at MP3s & Streams).
The severed legs kind of reminded me of those masters of guilty pleasure, Chromeo, whose aesthetic (like their music) confidently straddles the brilliant / awful fence with unabashed glee.
In fact, dance music has been responsible for a hefty share of history’s worst album covers. Take The Prodigy, whose once iconic sleeves (‘Music For The Jilted Generation”s futuristic Francis Bacon or the crab-in-hyperspeed of ‘The Fat Of The Land’) were followed by this career lowpoint, the garish pig / military hat WTF for ‘Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned’.
The problem, really, is that there’s so damn many. Finding a prog album without a terrible cover is harder than finding one in 4/4, while most classic rock LPs feature images so laughably bad they’re good.
So help us out, what are your picks for the worst album cover ever?