THE STROKES COVER UP

And, of course, we can show you the cover of 'Is This It' their countrymen will see...

THE STROKES have decided to ditch the controversial cover of their debut album ‘IS THIS IT’ for its release in the US, NME.COM can reveal.

As previously reported, the cover of the release in the UK, out on August 27 through BMG, features a lady’s naked behind with a leather-gloved hand resting on it.

The risque nature of the artwork upset high street chain Woolworths, who are currently trying to decide whether to censor the record. HMV also said that they wouldn’t be mounting full-scale displays of the album, although they wouldn’t be censoring it.

However, the band have now decided on completely different artwork for the US release of the album, which comes a month later than in the UK on September 25. For the Stateside album, the cover is an abstract pattern with vaguely gothic overtones.

However, the band’s spokesman insisted that the change of artwork was nothing to do with the controversy that the original had stoked in the UK.

He told NME.COM: “There’s no story. The band just wanted a different sleeve for their US release. They really like this image. It’s nothing to do with their record company or the Woolworths controversy.”

See next week’s NME for an exclusive interview with The Strokes.