The following is a list of notable albums with controversial album art, especially where that controversy resulted in the album being banned, censored or sold in packaging other than the original one. They are listed by the type of controversy they were involved in.
The intended artwork for the UK version of the album did not arrive in time to press the album, so a cover of naked women lounging in front of a black background was issued in its place. The US cover by Karl Ferris, which Hendrix had intended, has since become the official cover of Electric Ladyland internationally.
The front cover displayed Lennon and Ono frontally nude, while the rear cover featured them from behind. Distributors were prompted to sell the album in a plain brown wrapper, and copies of the album were impounded as obscenity in several jurisdictions.
The cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding in her hands a silver space ship, which some perceived as phallic. Photographer Bob Seidemann used a girl, Mariora Goschen, who was 11 years old. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band on the front.
The cover features a group of naked children climbing at Giant's Causeway. The interior art also depicts a distant figure of a naked man standing on mossy ruins while holding one of the children in a ceremonial gesture. Although the album was originally released with the nudity intact, subsequent editions distributed by Atlantic Records censored one of the naked children's buttocks with the "Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy" text printed on a white background. The buttocks were later airbrushed out.
The cover features two models, who lead singer Bryan Ferry met on holiday. They appear wearing translucent underwear, with their pubic hair and nipples on one of the models visible whilst the other, who isn't wearing anything over her breasts, is covering them with her hands.
The somewhat controversial original cover was designed by Hipgnosis, as were almost all other UFO albums of the 1970s. For years, the genders of the couple in the bath were unknown, and the nudity was on the verge of decency standards. The models were actually Genesis P Orridge and girlfriend Cosey Fanni Tutti, both later of the band Throbbing Gristle. The artwork was softened for the initial US release, making the loving couple in the bathtub transparent.
This cover featured a photo of naked prepubescent girl, with her pubic area partially obscured by a "cracked glass" effect. Her pose and the title "Virgin Killer" added to the image's notoriety. The Internet Watch Foundation, a British non-profit group who provides content blacklists for major ISP's in the country, also notably blacklisted pages on the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia for featuring the cover on its article about the album. This block was later retracted due to technical problems which occurred as a result of the blocking mechanisms and due to the already "wide availability" of the image.
The cover art features two men standing on a giant brain. The man on the distant hemisphere is dressed in a business suit; the man on the near hemisphere is nude, facing away from the camera, and in a pose that suggests artistic dancing. An alternative cover, which displays the "Rush Hemispheres" text printed in red and yellow on a black background, exists on some reissues.
This LP features a photo of a man and a woman in the back seat of a car. The woman's chest is exposed, and the man is pulling a large wad of bubble gum off of her breast. Apparently this cover offended some,[who?] as there is a version that features only lettering on the cover. The photo cover is the more common cover.
The original artwork features an illustration of good and evil conjoined twin infants, who are both naked. The Combat Records reissue from 1989 depicts the band logo on a red and black image of a crowd, while subsequent reissues feature the original artwork. Exodus would see controversy again for their next album, Pleasures of the Flesh (see the others section for details).
The original cover for Appetite for Destruction, based on a Robert Williams painting of the same name, featured an opened-shirt woman, who had clearly been raped by a robot rapist, about to be crushed by a metal avenger. When every music video programme refused to play any music videos because of the cover, it was changed to show a rendering of a tattoo Axl Rose had on his forearm of the band as 5 skulls on a cross. The banned artwork also appeared on the Guns N' Roses EP.
The album cover, created by frontman Perry Farrell, features a sculpture of a pair of nude female conjoined twins sitting on a sideways rocking chair with their heads on fire. Farrell said the image, like much of his artwork, came to him in a dream and he hired the employees of Warner Bros. to create the cover sculpture; after learning how to create sculptures by watching them closely, he fired the Warner Bros. staff and created the artwork himself. Farrell hired someone to help create a full body casting of his girlfriend for use as the sculptures. Retailers objected to the album's cover. Nine out of the eleven leading record store chains refused to carry Nothing's Shocking, and the record had to be issued covered with brown paper.
The artwork for this album showed a naked Prince in a devout pose, with a suggestively placed flower stamen nearby. Many stores covered the album in black wrapping, somewhat ironically, as Lovesexy was issued as a replacement for the hastily withdrawn Black Album, which had a monochrome black cover.
The album cover features the statue of Lady Justice cracked, bound by ropes, her breasts exposed, and both of her scales filled with dollars. Like their first album Kill 'Em All (see the others section for details), ...And Justice for All has never had an alternative cover.
Both the album title and cover clearly reference sexual bondage. It depicts an image of a woman wearing a BDSM on her neck and holding a leather strap, who is sitting on top of an airplane that is flying above an orange cloud. Also on the cover, one of her breasts is exposed but not completely. NOFX would see controversy again seven years later with their sixth studio album Heavy Petting Zoo; unlike that album, S&M Airlines has never had an alternative cover.
The album cover features a black and white photograph of the band sprawled across the arms of a proportionately larger naked woman. A rose conceals one of her nipples while singer Anthony Kiedis' standing body conceals the other. Several national chains refused to sell the record because they believed the female subject displayed too much nudity. A stricter censored version was manufactured for some retailers that featured the band members in far larger proportion than the original.
The album cover shows an image of multiple hands holding the heads of naked men. Like their debut album, Eternal Nightmare (see the others section for details), the cover of Oppressing the Masses caused some controversy, and as a result, some retail stores refused to sell it. The album also caused controversy for the song "Torture Tactics", which was removed from the original copies because of Atlantic's objection to the lyrical content.
Anticipating censorship, two versions of the disc packaging were created: one cover featured artwork by singer Perry Farrell 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 "clean cover" was created so the CD could be distributed in stores that refused to stock items with nudity on the front cover.
The cover shows a naked woman astride a hippotamus, painted by Californian artist Mel Ramos. The poster and accompanying T-shirt, with the picture printed in full size, caused some controversy amongst students and advertisements for the single were banned in Hackney and the London Underground, and defaced elsewhere.
The album cover clearly showed a naked infant with his penis showing and is swimming for a dollar. Chain stores such as Wal-Mart, and K-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Nevermind. However eventually due to such high demand, Nirvana compromised and put a sticker that read "Featuring 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Come As You Are' and 'Lithium'" over the genitals. Nirvana saw continued controversy for their next album, In Utero.
The original cover featured a picture of a man fondling a woman's breast. Tad ran into legal trouble after the man and woman featured on the album cover saw the record and sued the band.Sub Pop was forced to change the album cover to a group shot.
The gender-ambiguous cover art provoked controversy in the press, prompting Anderson to comment, "I chose it because of the ambiguity of it, but mostly because of the beauty of it." The cover image of the androgynous kissing couple was taken from the 1991 book Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs edited by Tessa Boffin and Jean Fraser. The photograph was taken by Tee Corinne and in its entirety shows a woman kissing an acquaintance in a wheelchair.
Photos in the liner notes of a nude obese woman, a nude man of normal weight, a cow licking its genitals, and the band members with pins in the sides of their heads generated controversy, resulting in the album being removed from stores such as Kmart and Wal-Mart. The cover was later replaced by a giant bar code.
The cover art features Bana naked from behind while streaking at a crowded Australian Football League game. He is reaching for the ball and his buttocks are covered with the message "contents may offend". The scene was created digitally, with the overlap of two photos. An alternative cover for the album was later released.
The album cover featured the picture of a drillbit impacting an anus. Copies of this album were banned and an alternative cover was created, featuring the drillbit impacting a skull. However, the remastered vinyl version contains the original artwork.
The cover features two infants who are conjoined and both naked and are sitting on a wooden see-saw. Some chain stores refused to sell the album because of the album cover and saying that they "did not like the nudity". The twin on the left was later airbrushed out.
The cover shows a man with his pants down and buttocks showing, graphically eating a sheep alive. The LP was banned in Germany due to the cover's Zoophilia content. The artwork for the title for the CD, Heavy Petting Zoo is a less-offensive cover and shows the same man and same sheep, except the man is cuddling the sheep.
The album's cover depicts a naked obese woman seated in front of a blackboard where the words "I will be god" are written numerous times. The album was banned from Kmart due to the offending cover. In the album's insert, the same woman covers her breasts with her hands, and her behind is also exposed on both the insert and back cover. The woman and the word on the blackboard were later airbrushed out.
The cover features a black and white picture of vocalist Wes Scantlin's son, Jordon with his pants down and with his crack showing. Retailers such as, Kmart & Walmart were highly offended and refused to stock Come Clean in their stores. Despite the controversy, no alternate cover has existed
The original cover art featured a photograph of a woman's nude bottom and hip, with a leather-gloved hand suggestively resting on it. Copies of this album were banned and the cover art was changed to a microscopic close-up of particle collisions.
Shows a picture of a naked woman sitting in a chair with an owl covering the nude area with its wing. The breasts remain fully visible. Later issues darken the image so only a silhouette of the woman is visible. Both editions are available on iTunes.
The original cover featured a nude woman on a silver platter, with her hands tied behind her back and a grenade in her mouth. The side of the woman's breast is visible, though the nipple is covered by her leg. Outcry over the cover led to its being replaced with a hand grenade adorned with a pink ribbon.
The band was originally going to ask Olafur Eliasson to create the cover art, but they could not come to an agreement, and ended up using an image by Ryan McGinley. His cover features four youths running naked across a road.
The cover originally showed a painting by George Condo depicting West being straddled by a phoenix. Certain retail stores refused to sell the album due to the cover's sexual content. The cover was pixelated for iTunes. Later, Condo created a second cover, showing a ballerina with a glass of cherry juice.
The cover was originally set to have a naked woman sitting in a bed, rubbing her chin and neck. Frontman Adam Levine said that the cover would gain controversy and be banned from certain stores, so the band added two extra arms covering the breasts.
The cover showed a King Cobra about to bite three women who are having sex and has a monkey behind the grass picking his nose. The back cover features a naked cone headed baby with a golden snake emerging from his mouth. Retailers such as, Target and Best Buy were highly offended and refused to carry Gold Cobra. Despite the controversy, the album has never had a clean alternate cover.
After being told by their record label Epic that release of their next album would be pushed from its original release date of October 2012 to the following year of 2013, Death Grips released the entire album for free download with a controversial album cover featuring an erect penis with the album title written on it in Sharpie.
The album cover shows an animated penis-shaped phoenix along with flames and fire in the background. The album cover was pixelated for iTunes, and in-store versions had a sticker covering the explicit content. Some stores sold the cover with no censor.
The original cover offended churches and parental groups in a satanic panic because it featured model "Bambi" dressed as a luminous red demon with a protruding tongue. The band was called in by the nuns of the Roman Catholic Church, and the band apologized for the cover and censored out the tongue.
The original cover was going to depict a disemboweled Jesus Christ, but it was too controversial and would offend churches. Their then-label Roadrunner Records had to cover it up with a bloody sheet over the disemboweled Jesus Christ.
The bloody cover art features a buried person with a rosary sticking out of its nose, a knife impaling a bible and a bloody Barbie doll on a crucifix and was offensive to many churches, however the cover remained unchanged.
The original cover aroused the anger of some Hindus[who?] who felt the artwork, taken from Hindu imagery and altered by giving the dancing figure a cat's head, was offensive. The band, who had been unaware of the source of the artwork, and record company apologized, and changed the artwork.
Many Christian stores refused to carry the album due to its surreal cover art, so an alternative cover that was black and featured the band's name and album title was released for Christian markets.
The album's cover, based on a Gee Vaucher painting, shows a cross between the Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II. This album cover gained controversy and caused all the stores in Poland not to sell it, due to the complaints and response saying "Why did you insult the Pope?!". The band and MCA Records who had been unaware of the cover apologized, and changed the artwork.
The cover depicts a Bible spiked with nails, covered in blood and "Slayer" burnt across it, while the liner notes feature Bible verses crossed out with a black marker. The cover art was deemed "too graphic" by some audiences,[who?] so a slipcase was placed in front of the cover.
The cover depicts a mutilated, stoned Christ in a sea of blood with mutilated heads. For stores who refused to sell the album with the original cover, an alternative cover was provided instead. In India, Joseph Dias, general secretary of the Mumbai Christian group Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), took "strong exception" to the original album artwork, and issued a memorandum to Mumbai's police commissioner in protest. As a result, all Indian stocks were recalled and destroyed.
The cover shows a dark-skinned Jesus in a stained glass window with a teardrop tattoo, a red bandanna around his mouth, wearing a golden Jesus piece necklace. In the artwork beside Jesus, are symbols of cannabis sativa leaves. The red bandana over his mouth is a reference to the Compton Bloods gang. After a mixed reception, some of whom deemed it as blasphemous, Game instead decided to put this cover into the deluxe edition, and instead make a new cover for the standard edition. The cover for the standard edition is a tribute to one of Game's older brothers, Jevon Danell Taylor, shot and killed at the age of 21. The leaves on the cover were replaced with a "JP" symbol.
The original inside gatefold featured nine black-and-white photos, including a shot of actress Claudia Cardinale that Dylan selected from Jerry Schatzberg's portfolio. Since it had been used without her authorization, Cardinale's photo was subsequently removed, making the original record sleeve a collector's item.
The debut album of comedian Richard Pryor was recorded live at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The cover was art directed and designed by Gary Burden. According to Burden, As a result of the Richard Pryor album cover, which I loved doing, I got two letters: One was a letter from the National Geographic Society’s attorneys offering to sue me for defaming their publication. The second letter was a Grammy nomination for the best album cover.
The cover features the album title, "U2", as a very large logo, with the band's name in small text beneath the album. Island Records sued the band for the use of the misleading album cover because "U2" is trademark of the label. The cover is both misleading and an attempt to confuse fans of U2, an Irish band of the same name, to make fans believe it is a new album by U2. The songs on the album were too controversial, as they were versions of a song by the Irish band U2 which were copied without permission.
The cover shows a blue background with a parody of the MLB team Atlanta Braves logo. The Braves sued the band because the "A" on the cover is mocking their logo. Many fans of the Braves were confused by the cover, thinking it is an album by the Atlanta Braves. The team also claimed that the band had never had their permission to parody the "A" on the cover.
The cover originally depicted rows of dogs seated in a music hall with a gramophone on the stage. However, HMV made the band withdraw it as it mocked their trademark dog, and the band put out a second cover, depicting four dogs in a boat.
In May 2005 Matchbox Twenty was sued by the subject of the cover, Frank Torres. Torres claimed that the band had never sought his permission to use his photo on the album's cover and that the photo had been the cause of mental anguish. Torres justified the delay in suing Matchbox Twenty by claiming he had only seen the album photo within the last two years.
10 days later after the release of Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking, Green Day was sued by the cover, which depicts a man in a suit wearing glasses and is holding briefcase beside him. After the suing, the band apologized to the man.
The original cover featured a likeness to Superman on the front cover. After a cease-and-desist letter from DC Comics,Asthmatic Kitty (Sufjan Stevens' Recording Label) covered the image with a sticker featuring balloons. The balloons were eventually added in place of Superman on the cover art in subsequent releases.
The original cover, which featured human eyes on human hands, resembled a work by Herbert Bayer and was discontinued in 2008 due to legal reasons. The cover was replaced with a purple silhouette of the hands.
The albums original artwork, a black and white image of Madonna with a black eye with 'c/r/y/s/t/a/l c/a/s/t/l/e/s' written across it, was originally going to be cover art of the band's debut album but the artist who created the image sued them because they did not have copyright. Instead an image of both members of the band standing in a street, leaning forward so their faces cannot be seen was hastily taken and used for artwork. However the Madonna image already featured on band merchandise and as the art for their first single "Alice Practice" so they were forced to buy rights to the image.
The cover art, taken in the 1980s, features a blond girl staring into the camera with an unidentifiable expression on her face. The band are currently being sued by the model, Kirsten Kennis, who claims the photographer who sold the image to the band did not take the picture and she was not aware her image was being used until she saw the copy her teenage daughter had bought.
This album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the aptly named "butcher cover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album was recalled after an outcry[by whom?] and had an alternative picture of the Beatles cover pasted over it.
The original cover featured the group sitting in a bathtub with a toilet in the corner of the room. In a move reflecting the mores of the time (1966), this cover was pulled from stores after the toilet was declared indecent.[by whom?] A second cover was then released with a list of hit songs on the album obscuring the toilet, followed by a third with a black border that removed any hint that the picture was taken in a bathroom.
The cover photo that the band intended to use was taken in a filthy lavatory. The record label refused to distribute the record with this photo, so a plain white cover with the name of the record was substituted. The original artwork has been restored to recent CD reissues.
The front cover of the album was originally intended as a parody of the cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released a year before. However, this caused controversy and at the insistence of Verve Records, the image became part of the gatefold sleeve. Instead of the parody of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the cover art depicted a groupshot of the band members, although some later reissues feature the former cover.
The original cover of the album depicted Jackson above a number of killer rats. Whilst the rats were not depicted as being killer, the same image was used for the film Ben, which was about killer rats. Motown Records discovered that the cover could scare children from buying the album, thus a 'second' cover replaced the original one, showing the same image except the rats were removed.
The cover shows a photograph of a man in a suit shaking hands with a man on fire. Many music stores refused to sell the album because of the cover and said that the cover was "too violent". The cover was changed on many reissues showing a black background with the four elements sticker used on the back cover of the 1992 reissue.
The album cover shows a man being shot by another man in a grave yard with a gun, with many cross tombstones clearly marking that the dead man is due to be buried under one of the crosses. The album cover was replaced in some regions with a different cover.
The original cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band, particularly Steve Gaines, engulfed in flames. Three days after the album was released, three of the band members were killed in a fiery plane crash. Out of respect for the deceased (and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve Gaines' widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover and replaced it with a similar image of the band against a simple black background. Thirty years later, for the deluxe CD version of Street Survivors, the original "flames" cover was restored.
The album features the head and shoulders of a shirtless young boy on the cover. The subject is Peter Rowan, brother of a friend of Bono's, who also appears on the cover of War and other U2 releases. The Canadian and U.S. releases of Boy featured distorted images of the band members on the cover.
The cover caused controversy when it was admitted that the blood-stained glasses on the front cover were actually those of John Lennon which he was wearing after he was murdered, with the blood-stains being his own. Ono once explained that she chose this cover to "remind people that John didn't just die... he had been murdered".
Many retail stores refused to sell this album due to its offensive cover. The cover features the band's mascot Eddie controlling Satan as a string puppet and Satan playing with an Eddie string puppet. The single of the same name also featured controversy. The single cover features Eddie in a hell background with the Satan's head. Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternative cover.
Metallica was going to call the album Metal Up Your Ass, with the cover featuring a toilet bowl with a hand clutching a dagger emerging from it. However, at the request of Megaforce Records (who thought the original album title would be inappropriate), the band changed the album title to Kill 'Em All. They also changed the artwork, this time depicting a shadow of a hand letting go of a bloodied hammer. Like their fourth studio album ...And Justice for All (see the nudity and sexuality section for details), no alternative cover has existed.
The cover features an animated photograph of a tall building with a big flame coming out from the top window and bullseye pointed at the flame. Many chain stores refused to sell the album due to the cover and said the cover was "very violent". Despite the controversy, the band had never changed the artwork.
The cover originally showed an animated picture of a man with a fist wrapped in metal emerging from his mouth. The original cover caused retailers such as WalmartKmart and Target not to sell Fistful of Metal. The album was reissued as Fistful of Metal, Armed and Dangerous and featured the same man with most of the blood censored and featured a red picture of the band.
The original artwork was going to feature an illustration of Exodus depicted as cannibals preparing and eating their meal. However, the cover was considered controversial and was changed to a photograph of the band sitting in a bar. Just prior to the album's release, the original artwork was promoted by the record company in music magazines with the headline "Metal's Heaviest Meal", and was also available as a limited edition picture disc LP.
The original cover art featured a hand gesturing an upraised middle finger. The 1990 CD re-issue was sold with a reversible cover art booklet. The visible side when sold in the stores was a simple field of white with the band's logo, the album name reading as !!!**** You!!!, with a subhead that read "The Record THEY tried to ban". A Parental Advisory logo appeared in the lower right corner. The original cover art was able to be used if the booklet was opened and reversed by creasing the cover the opposite way. The expanded re-release, entitled !!!Fuck You!!! and Then Some, displayed the original cover photo.
The album cover depicts a newspaper article with various text written on it, alongside images. The original version of the album cover included the headines "Wife-beating has been around for 10,000 years" and "Ladies, welcome to the dark ages", which both become very controversial, due to the misogyny nature of both sentences. They were quickly replaced with "Lies Lies Lies" and "Elephant Gives Birth to Midget" respectively.
The album cover shows an image of a man in bed who is about to land in a screaming mouth with three rows of sharp teeth. Both the album and its cover sparked some controversy and caused retail stores, such as Walmart and Kmart, not to sell it. Vio-Lence would see controversy again on their next album (see the nudity and sexuality section for details).
The album cover features an animated photograph of a teenage man on fire, who is wearing a t-shirt of Bad Religion's crossbuster logo. Many chain stores refused to sell the album because of the cover, which they thought was "too violent". Despite the controversy, Bad Religion did not change the artwork.
The album cover features an image of a b-boy with a shotgun shoved in Ice-T's mouth, and two pistols pressed against each side of his head. Because of the artwork, the album was banned from many chain stores. Ice-T has said that the cover reflected his experiences with the concept of freedom of speech. Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternative cover.
Two covers of this album exist but both of them have gained controversy: the original album cover depicts a creature with a hook in his tongue and is about to be slaugthered by some sharp objects, while the second cover depicts the point of view of the person receiving autopsy. The two covers caused retailers Walmart and Kmart not to sell the album. Despite the controversy, the album has never had a "clean" cover.
The album cover originally depicted two pictures, one of a woman with a gun in her mouth, and another with a man smoking. The cover was banned by Woolworths because they thought it might cause people to take up smoking; the picture of the woman with a gun in her mouth also offended. As a result, a second cover was made, depicting a fluffy rabbit and a teddy bear.
The album cover originally featured a picture of a man's body exploding as a creature resembling the xenomorph from the Alien franchise holding a Stratocaster guitar emerges from his chest. Many copies of this album were banned and an alternative cover was created for later reissues.
The album cover was originally going to depict a group of people eating each other, but at the last minute, without the band's permission, Pestilence's then-label Roadrunner Records replaced the cover; the band never liked the outcome. The replacement cover features a face covered with ants.
Most albums by death metal band Cannibal Corpse were banned in Germany until June 2006, due to the graphic cover art on their albums. For example, Tomb of the Mutilated featured one corpse performing cunnilingus on another. The censored version features a further corpse presumably watching the act (not shown) in adoration.
The cover gained controversy because it featured a picture of a woman standing far away from a house on fire. Due to its violent cover, the album was banned in Russia. Russia's reaction to the picture was "This is too violent!". Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternative cover.
The album cover is a parody of The Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be, which caused some controversy. The original Def American pressing included the following warning in addition to the standard explicit-lyrics sticker: "Def American Recordings is opposed to censorship. Our manufacturer and distributor, however, do not condone or endorse the content of this recording, which they find violent, sexist, racist, and indecent." Def American Recordings is a reference to the label that released the album. Subsequent reissues of The Geto Boys do not contain the aforementioned warning on the cover.
The cover features 3 pieces of ripped paper all drawn in blue and on a gray background. The first piece features Al Capone with a tommy gun and is kicking a door with his right foot. The second piece shows a woman who clearly became drunk and is holding an empty beer bottle. The final piece features Marilyn Monroe putting on thigh high stockings. Many chain stores refused to sell the album because of the Al Capone picture on the cover. Despite the controversy, the band refused to change the artwork.
The cover features the band's mascot, Eddie bursting from a grave and choking a grave digger. Music stores such as Best Buy, and HMV refused to sell the CD. The album was re-released in 1998 and just features Eddie and removes the grave digger. The original artwork was moved onto the disc.
The cover features a graphic picture of member Bushwick Bill, with a bleeding eye, being wheeled down a hospital corridor on a gurney with the other two Geto Boys flanking him. The album cover both references and bears resemblance to the incident where Bill had shot himself in the eye after his girlfriend refused to shoot him during an altercation.
The original album cover showed Paris hiding behind a tree with a gun (while then-president Bush was waving to the crowd) waiting to assassinate him. Like his previous album, the final release showed another regular face shot of him.
The album cover depicts the impostor statue of liberty's right hand gesturing an upraised middle finger. Several national chains refused to stock the album in their stores, and a more censored version was manufactured for some retailers that featured the same boy on the original cover, who is tied up and wrapped in chains, and has his right hand covered in duct tape.
The cover shows a white and green picture of a high school girl, holding a gun up in the air that has been fired. Chain stores such as, K-Mart and Wal-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Kerplunk. Green Day also saw continued controversy on their next album, Dookie.
The cover is a photograph of the Fantoft Stave Church after its arson on 6 June 1992. Varg Vikernes (composer and player of one-man band Burzum) was strongly suspected of burning the church, and the photograph is widely believed to have been taken by Vikernes himself.
The album cover depicts a person out of shot holding up a decapitated head, which was taken from Mexican newspaper ¡Alarma!. Because of that cover, some stores in the United States and other countries refuse to sell the album. Roadrunner released a censored version with the cover showing just the name of the band and album title on a black background.
The album's cover depicted a white boy listening to rap music in the midst of a home invasion in which Blacks are attacking Whites (presumably the boy's parents). Sire Records, owned by Time Warner, refused to release the album with the cover, and Ice-T resigned from the label as a result.
When In Utero was released, there were many objections to the song "Rape Me", despite the band's claims that the lyrics were "anti-rape." Retailers Wal-Mart and Kmart refused to sell the album because of the offensive back cover artwork (featuring model fetuses), so a "clean" version was released for them which featured an altered version of the back cover and listed the title "Rape Me" as "Waif Me", though the song remained unchanged.
When Dookie was released, there was an objection to the song, "F.O.D.", despite Green Day's claims that the title was meaning, "Fuck off and Die". Retailers Wal-Mart and K-Mart refused to sell the album because of the album cover which they thought was "way too violent". The cover shows dogs throwing bombs and dirt on people and buildings and has a monkey about to throw some poop and shocking all the people with an explosion in the center. Despite the controversy, Green Day did not change the artwork.
The cover depicts a shadow of a large man holding a horseshoe and is approaching a young girl on a swing, the man appears to be about to attack the young girl with the horseshoe. Because of the offensive cover, the album was banned in Poland and Canada due to the chain stores in those countries saying that the cover was "too violent". Despite the controversy, the band had never changed the artwork.
Infamous for bearing a photograph of Mayhem's vocalist, Dead (Per Yngve Ohlin), after his suicide in April 1991. This photograph was allegedly taken by Mayhem's guitarist, Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), upon discovering Dead's body.
The cover features the band's mascot, Eddie being graphically mutilated through surgery. Retail stores, K-Mart, Target & Wal-Mart refused to sell the album due to this cover. Another cover featured Eddie from a distance.
The original album cover was pulled from the shelves and was deemed inappropriate. It depicted a crack addict sitting on the curb smoking from a glass pipe. It was promptly replaced by a collage style cover.
This is a 3 disc live album originally released on September 11, 2001, but when it was noticed[by whom?] that the cover artwork depicted the twin towers of the World Trade Center in flames, it was recalled and re-released a short time later with different artwork.
This is Eminem's first major label album released on February 23, 1999, but then it was noticed that the cover artwork depicted Eminem's ex-wife Kim's dead body sitting in the trunk of Eminem's car, parked at a dock at night time, where he and his daughter, Hailie Jade are by the peers of the dock. This refers to the song, "Stan" on his next album The Marshall Mathers LP. The cover was replaced with the back cover image on the special edition.
The cover shows a man in his underwear holding a machine gun pointed up in the air and is standing in front of an explosion in the background. Several chain stores refused to sell the album because of the violent album cover. Despite the controversy, Sum 41 refused to change the artwork.
The original cover art, designed in June 2001, depicted Boots Riley and Pam the Funkstress appearing to detonate the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. After the September 11 attacks, the album's release was delayed until November 2001 to allow new cover art to be used.
The cover sleeve showing Chris McClure, a friend of the band, smoking a cigarette, was criticised by the head of the NHS in Scotland for "reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK". The image on the CD itself is a shot of an ashtray full of cigarettes. The band's product manager denied the accusation, and in fact suggested the opposite — "You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good".
The cover depicted cartoon images of a green dinosaur, an African child with a machine gun, and Mickey Mouse portrayed as a Nazi with a Hitler mustache and a red armband. The cover caused the CD to be banned from radio stations across the country.[where?] WFCF Radio of Florida stated that the station "Did not want to subject their listeners to a band that would portray Mickey as a Nazi." Band leader Caeser Pink defended the song as a statement against consolidation of mass media, and the use of media to keep the public engaged in shallow entertainment, such as the flood of pop stars from the Disney Studios that have dominated American culture. Pink further claimed that the radio station bans constituted censorship of free speech on political grounds.
The cover shows a red-background picture of 50 Cent not wearing a shirt, standing in front of a hole of a broken window. Many fans were claiming that he "broke" the window. The hole was later airbrushed out and just shows 50 Cent standing. The cover was based on the time he was shot 9 times before the release date of his bootlegged album Power of the Dollar. This album gained controversy, just like his next album, The Massacre.
The original title for the album was "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and the original cover art was originally going to show a picture of 50 Cent standing in front of a wall of guns hung and has a gun pointed at the camera. The original cover art was moved on to the first page of the album's booklet and the album's name was changed to "The Massacre" and the release was delayed until March 3, 2005 with the cover art changed showing a white background picture of 50 Cent with blacklines running all over his body.
The album cover was promoted on billboards, although all billboard posters for the album were banned less than a month before the album's release because it showed a baby with a gun in the cover image. The gun was airbrushed out on the American version of the album.
The album art depicts a painting by Jenny Saville. A number of UK supermarket deemed the red/ochre colours on the portrait to be blood, and therefore used alternative packaging to stock the item. The alternative packaging in question is a longbox, a type of outer packaging used for some CDs in the 1980s and early to mid-1990s.
The cover art (created by Melvyn Grant) shows a picture of a damaged spaceship of dead astronauts with their glass space helmets cracked and also features the band's mascot, Eddie stealing a key from the spaceship. This cover was too controversial and confused many fans of Iron Maiden because of the new look of Eddie, claiming that it wasn't Eddie and the band claiming that it was.
The cover shows an animated heart spiked with nails along with blood on the nails on a brownish-red background. Walmart refused to sell the album because of the cover, which they thought was "too gory". Despite the controversy, Sixx:A.M. refused to change the artwork.