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Arctic Monkeys, 'Suck It And See' (2011) Minimalist and edgy - or "a bit like that one Hard-Fi did with the words on"?

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The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967) This was all Paul McCartney's idea, wasn't it?

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Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way' (2011) Everything from the font down makes us think of a triple, concept prog-rock album from 1971. Not the future of pop in 2011.

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Anthrax, 'Fistful Of Metal' (1984) Aside from the obvious gross image, the perspective on the punching hand seems a bit off. Yes, we realise we sound like a GCSE art teacher...

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MGMT, 'Congratulations' (2010) This looks like a print from a Billabong t-shirt no-one wants to buy.

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Bee Gees, 'Life In a Tin Can' (1973) Do you think on seeing the finished artwork one of them said 'I just don't get it,' in a dead-pan voice?

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Black Sabbath, 'Sabotage' (1975) Watch out, they're behind you! etc...

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Chris Brown, 'Graffiti'(2009) What's worse? The abuse of the 'Purple Rain' font? The use of the guitar as a 'prop'? Or the mise-en-scène which suggests a snazzy bug repeller ad?

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Butthole Surfers, 'Electriclarryland' (1996) If you consider that the title was a parody of Hendrix's 'Electric Ladyland', one could have hoped for a little more for the cover than this 'Potential Dangers In The Workplace' illustration.

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Britney Spears, 'Baby One More Time' (US version) (1999) Yes it's creepy but also a bit like a photo that comes free when you buy a picture frame.

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Nelson, 'Because They Can' (1995) We're pretty sure they got this idea from an internet meme that allows you to 'doggy-fy yourself'.

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Bruce Springsteen, 'Working On A Dream' (2009) The Boss is so embarrassed by the cover - which seems to have been conceived using Windows 95's paint app - he can't even look us in the eye.

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Jim O'Rourke, 'Eureka' (1999) The kind of artwork you'd imagine The Strange Man In The Park to have hanging in his gaffe.

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Cat Stevens, 'Mona Bone Jakon' (1970) A dribbling human trash can? We can imagine the alternatives; a gurning telephone, a panic stricken toaster....

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Tom Jones, 'A-Tom-Ic' (1966) In the unlikely event of a nuclear attack, large lunged, swively-hipped crooners WILL survive.

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The Cranberries, 'Bury The Hatchet' (1999) Like a Pink Floyd parody, only not as funny.

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CocoRosie, 'Grey Oceans' (2010) These Lord Of The Rings re-enactments can get pret-ty serious.

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Hard Fi, 'Once Upon A Time In the West' (2007) 'No Cover Art'? Take that, The Man! (PS we're still signed to Warner Music, right?).

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Chumbawamba, 'Anarchy' (1994) Weirdly this is the exact face we made when we first heard 'Anarchy'.

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Crosby, Still & Nash, 'Live It Up' (1990) Pretty much an advert for not taking drugs.

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Dolly Parton, 'Bubbling Over' (1973) Conceptually bizarre: the disembodied-head-as-water-feature. Years later you could buy these in Dollywood for $49.99.

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Ethel Merman, 'The Ethel Merman Disco Album' (1979) Care In The Community gone too far.

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Europe, 'The Final Countdown' (1986) When the world ends and the apocalypse goes forth, heavily air-brushed photos of the members of Europe will ascend into the earths atmosphere like little stars.

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Fischerspooner, 'Entertainment' (2009) This is what recession-era Electroclash looks like and it's not pretty.

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Fleetwood Mac, 'Mystery To Me' (1973) Come on, even from beneath the avalanche of drugs the band was under why was this ever considered a good idea?

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James Blunt, 'All The Lost Souls' (2007) If you look really carefully you can make out the image of a singer-songwriter who sounds like a baby dolphin being abused. 

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Stereophonics, 'Pull The Pin' (2007) We're not sure but we have a feeling that inside the album credits read: 'cover concept: Kelly Jones'.

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Geri Halliwell, 'Scream If You Wanna Go Faster'(2001) See how tiny Geri is compared to the cadillac? That was her actual size at the time of the albums release.

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Limp Bizkit, 'Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water' (2000) As beautiful and welcoming as the genre of Nu Metal was.

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Joan Armatrading, 'Track Record' (1983) The 'piano hurdles' category in the Olympics was thankfully short-lived.

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Kriss Kross, 'Da Bomb' (1993) Well at least it hid the full horror of their MC Hammer pants.

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Kula Shaker, 'Summer Sun' (1997) Dystopian future as seen by shameless retro-ists. P.S. you forgot to draw the robot's other leg.

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The Mars Volta, 'De-Loused In The Comatorium' (2003) A disembodied egg head with light shooting out of its mouth? Sure.

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Cher, 'It's a Man's World' (1995) For Halloween Cher came as Amy Lee from Evanescene's evil stepmother.

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Michael Jackson, 'History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1' (1995) Little known fact: the London Eye was originally a fancy bangle on statue Michael's left arm.

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The Monkees, 'Pool It' (1987) Is it just us or is there something vaguely threatening about the look in Micky Dolenz' eyes?

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MSTRKRFT, 'Fist Of God' (2009) What the world does not need: an album cover which references fisting.

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Naomi Campbell, 'Babywoman' (1994) This shot says: I'm a multi-tasker. Not only am I a model/singer but I can also shave my legs while doing a poo.

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NOFX, 'Heavy Petting Zoo' (1996) Like a 'hilarious' novelty birthday card you get from a mate, the thought behind which makes you re-consider your entire friendship.

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The Scorpions, 'Lovedrive' (1979) Is this what happens on first dates in Germany?

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Peter Andre, 'Revelation' (2009) Nothing says 'I want to get hot heavy in the Wetherspoons private room' than this cover.

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Prince, '20Ten' (2010) So bad, he had to give it away free with The Daily Mirror.

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Queen, 'The Miracle' (1989) Impressive at the time, it was later revealed that the image was created after a snarky work experience person had spilt coffee over the photoshop machine.

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Rolling Stones, 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' (1967) You can tell they're trying to tap into the 60s obsession with the occult. But they end up looking like the cast of In The Night Garden.

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Weezer, 'Hurley' (2010) It's the guy from 'Lost'! And nope we still don't understand the ending of the show...

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Toby Keith, 'Classic Christmas' (2007) For us it's the combination elf's hat/Stetson which makes this cover for us. It's like "Happy Christmas! But I will have to shoot down your tree if you're not a Republican.''

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Todd Rundgren, 'A Wizard, A True Star' (1973) A fancy, souped up version of our maths A-Level notebook.

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Royal Trux, 'Sweet Sixteen' (1997) Toilets, like motorbikes, don't work on album covers (see Sebadoh, Millie Jackson).

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The Kinks, 'Schoolboys In Disgrace' (1976) If it were released today, The Daily Mail would start a campaign to begin fire-bombing Ray Davies' house.

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Ted Nugent, 'Scream Dream' (1980) Ted's anxiety dream makes us feel relieved; with arms made of guitars, at least he can't go hunting any innocent animals.

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The Faith Tones, 'Jesus Use Me' (1964) While this Christian album was actually quite a hit when it was released, unfortunately the trio's hair and overcoats haven't lasted as well. Seriously, the chick on the left- how much hairspray is she sporting?

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Quim Barreiros, 'Recebi Um Convite' (1975) Look, we don't know who he is, and we don't know what he wants, but we do know that when a man drops trou and whips out an accordion, you move away.

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Rudy Ray Moore, 'This Aint No White Christmas' (1971) Nothing says 'festive' like five naked ladies and a blue foil curtain.

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Cante Gitano, 'Argentina Coral' (1961)The eye make-up is so precise, we don't even have the attention to comment on the over-sized glossy lips. Entranced.

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Shut Up And Dance, 'Dance Before The Police Come' (1991) Sure, there was a political message complaining about the police attitude to raves, but why did it need to be re-inforced by nunchucks?

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Orleans, 'Walking And Dreaming' (1976) Well, aren't these chaps happy in each other's company? Such larks they're having. But where are their shirts?

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Various, 'My Pussy Belongs To Daddy' (1957) The imagery here isn't subtle, folks. No need to exercise the imagination.

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Millie Jackson, 'Back To The Shit' (1989) Well, if we were sitting on the loo, tights around our ankles, we'd want to be able to cheer ourselves up with a bit of telly too, we suppose.

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John Bult, 'Julie's Sixteenth Birthday' (1985) What's happening in this conversation? Why is she so sad? Why is he so eager to persuade her? Where is this encounter taking place? Worse sixteenth birthday, ever.

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The Handsome Beasts, 'Bestiality' (1981) Punk or not, no pig needs to be held that closely.

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Foster Edwards Orchestra, 'What's Next' (1964) We genuinely don't know what comes after an elephant backing band, but we're intrigued to find out.

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Devastatin' Dave, 'Zip Zap Rap' (1986) 'Say no to drugs!' warns Devastatin' Dave. Hypocritically, of course, because how else could he have thought up that colour scheme?

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Boned, 'Up At The Crack' (2004) With tracks like 'Ain't No Talkin' With Your Mouth Full', Boned sure are a classy bunch of guys. With very roomy jeans, by the looks of things.

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Mike Adkins, 'Thank You for the Dove' (1981) This beauty was self-released, although we can't imagine why. We're guessing the dove is a spiritual symbol, rather than an actual gift.

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Tino, 'Por Primera Vez' (1983) So, strictly speaking this is a single sleeve, but come on. He's trying to seduce the viewer with all the charm of a Lynx-filled locker room, while wearing a wedding ring!

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Laverne Tripp, 'The World of Laverne Tripp' (1973) It's Laverne's world. We're all just living in it.

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Eulenspygel 'Eulenspygel 2' (1971) What's happening in this? It is a chicken Battle Royale? Is it an elaborate mourning ritual? What's going on?

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Scorpions, 'Animal Magnetism' (1980) Wow, that's one lucky man. He's got a beer, a woman, AND a dog!

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Gerhard Polt, 'Leberkas Hawaii' (1981) The title means 'Meatloaf Hawaii', if that clears anything up. No, us neither.

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Swamp Dogg, 'Rat On' (1971) No, no, it's on rat, not rat on! Because he's sitting on a rat! Do you see!

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Orion, 'Reborn' (1972) 'Hey, Ladies. Just leave your car keys in the bowl by the door, and make your way through to the Pleasure Room...'

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Ken, 'By Request Only' (1976) With a haircut that looks like a doormat, and a Safari suit that says 'adventure!', it's no wonder that Ken's become a meme in his own right.

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Battleaxe, 'Burn This Town' (1983) If he's going to burn down the town, he'll be very warm doing so in all that fur.

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Chicken Coupe de Ville. 'Drinkin' Songs' (2000) If smoking guitars makes you wear gold dungarees, then we want no part of it.

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Roger Troutman, 'The Many Facets of Roger' (1981) From serious to sassy, Roger's got any pose you want. Plus, check out the gold sequinned cape.

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