If Adele’s not storming the charts across the globe, she’s rapping along to Nikki Minaj’s verse on ‘Monster’ while driving around London with James Corden (of course that video went viral and caused the track to re-enter the iTunes charts). Well, London-based artist and illustrator Pello has a made a startling discovery: you can take the close-up of Adele from her world-devouring third album ’25’ and plaster it seamlessly onto any album cover ever made. Check out the proof below.
Pink Floyd’s penultimate album The Division Bell, released in 1994, received somewhat mixed reviews. Yet everything Adele touches turns to gold, so her involvement may well have helped.
Queen didn’t initially like this artwork created by longtime David Bowie collaborator Mick Rock, calling it too “pretentious”, but were eventually convinced otherwise. Would they have liked it immediately if Adele had been plastered over bassist John Deacon’s face?
New York glam-metallers Kiss were at loggerhead by the time they recorded their commercially successful seventh album ‘Dynasty’. A certain Tottenham balladeer could probably have smoothed things over.
Adele covered the Bob Dylan song ‘Make You Feel My Love’ on her debut album ’19’, so they’re more compatible than you might think. Further evidence: her face fits perfectly onto his.
The cover of the Arctic Monkeys’ debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not features a bloke smoking. It was criticised by Dr Laurence Gruer of NHS Health Scotland, who said it “reinforces the idea that smoking is OK”. The band’s product manager defended the picture: “You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good”. Adele, of course, looks radiant.
Parisian dance duo Daft Punk are rarely seen without their trademark helmets, so they could actually swap Adele with Thomas Bangalter – who usually wears the silver one – and no-one would be any the wiser.
One of the singer’s more avant-garde outings, the self-produced The Dreaming sees Kate Bush shout and wail over ’80s synths and, at one point, try out a dodgy Australian accent. Adele’s not exactly known for her wild musical innovation, sticking mainly to emotive piano ballads, so maybe she could have toned things down a bit.
Michael Jackson’s seventh record, featuring ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Smooth Criminal’, is widely considered to be his greatest artistic statement, as a he had near-total creative control, writing nine of its eleven tracks. The 1987 album is almost perfect and could only possibly be improved by having Adele’s face superimposed on the cover.
Heroes: the late David Bowie’s classic 1977 album. He remixed the cover himself for 2013 comeback album The Next Day, which plastered the album title over his own face. Turns out Adele’s works just as well, too.
The widely ridiculed album art for Lady Gaga’s 2011 release Born This Way features her face Photoshopped onto the front of a motorbike. This alternate cover is simply a close-up of her grill. Is this Adele/Gaga mash-up any weirder than the motorbike version? It is not.
“I’m worth a million in prizes!” Iggy Pop snarls on the David Bowie-produced title track of this classic 1977 punk record. Given that Adele’s third album ’25’ went to number one in pretty much every country in the world and became the best-selling album of 2015 in just three days, she could make the same claim and have the bank statements to back up it up.