In an age where physical music formats are on the decline, the album cover just isn’t as important as it used to be. Sure, it’s a nice bonus if the digital image on your device is a pretty one, but these days the music is generally left to speak for itself.
This wasn’t the case in years gone by, however. An eye-catching cover could make or break a record – and this necessity created some undeniable classics. Pop culture is all the richer for the masterpieces that adorned Sgt Peppers, Electric Ladyland, The Queen Is Dead, Repeater, OK Computer and so on. But what about those more … ahem … ‘unique’ specimens? Let’s take a look at the 10 craziest albums covers in history …
10. ‘Mr Love Pants’ – Ian Dury And The Blockheads
Hey, don’t mind me, I’m just a dog hanging out on a beach. In my pants.
9. ‘Ringo The 4th’ – Ringo Starr
Ringo tries to escape the shadow of The Beatles by threatening everyone with a big sword and kidnapping ladies.
8. ‘Julie’s Sixteenth Birthday’ – John Bult
Implication is everything, John.
7. ‘My Beauty’ – Kevin Rowland
Erm … yeah, I’m just trying something out, y’know?
6. ‘The Miracle’ – Queen
OH GOD IT’S A DEMON KILL IT KILL IT
5. ‘Yesterday And Today’ – The Beatles
The loveable mop-tops decide to … well, do whatever the hell this is.
4. ‘On Through The Night ‘ – Def Leppard
For God’s sake, Harold, another wrong turn! Just look where the Earth is now!
3. ‘Windowlicker’ – Aphex Twin
Yeah, so it’s technically an EP, but it’s so crazy we had to include it.
2. ‘All My Friends Are Dead’ – Freddie Gage
Hey, Freddie! It’s party time! Erm … Freddie? Freddie …?
1. ‘Keep The Fire’ – Kenny Loggins
“Look, I’ve come all the way past the pyramid, the meteors and the rainbow to get here, so you’d damn well better take it, okay?”