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Album Covers that Freaked You Out or Intrigued You as a Kid.

Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin freaked me out. Who are these kids? Why are they nude? What's at the top? Is someone chasing them?

Don't those rocks hurt?

by Anonymousreply 11509/22/2014

Very coincidental, given the recent scandal but Queen's cover for News of the World. Scary robots will kill you!

by Anonymousreply 107/07/2011

True, r1.%0D %0D "Weasels Ripped My Flesh."

by Anonymousreply 207/07/2011

The first album I ever owned, Wham, Make It Big.

It didn't freak me out but it sure as hell intrigued me. I remember looking at that picture for a long while trying to figure out if George Michael and Andrew Wrigley were touching leg-to-leg in the background of the picture. I also remember wondering, "Are they gay?! They're laying awfully close to each other."

by Anonymousreply 307/07/2011

Alice Cooper's album with the naked baby in makeup sitting in money.

I was convinced they would sacrifice the baby to the devil.

by Anonymousreply 407/07/2011

Mom's Apple Pie.

by Anonymousreply 507/07/2011

Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains, by older brother had this record, as a kid it frightened me a little.

by Anonymousreply 607/07/2011

Oops. Forgot link.

by Anonymousreply 707/07/2011

Any Ohio Players album because there were naked women on the covers. Ew.

by Anonymousreply 807/07/2011

Herb Alpert - I had no idea what it was about, but I was intrigued

by Anonymousreply 907/07/2011

Pink Floyd Animals. Led Zepellin IV

by Anonymousreply 1007/07/2011

Kind of off topic and I think this has been linked on DL before but here's a great site of questionable album covers.

by Anonymousreply 1107/07/2011

The Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out at Night.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1207/07/2011

Sticky Fingers

by Anonymousreply 1307/07/2011

Led Zeppelin were very intriguing, but they made sure to shroud their calculated image in tons of mystery. All their LPs had weird covers, the rune symbols on Led Zep four etc.

Then there was the obelisk object released to the music press during "Presence'.

Most of the information about Led Zeppelin was gossip and hearsay.

When, and if, the band gave interviews, all they talked about was their music. Very little was released about their private lives and especially about Page's interest in the occult. Page was said to head some secret occult society! None of this was ever verified by Page himself.

Three of the guys were married, Page never talked about his live-in model girlfriend and his child with her. Fans would get glimpses when a lucky photographer actually was there to get a photo of Page and his family. Back then paparazzi weren't as in-your-face as today.

None of Page's interest in the occult was ever acknowledged by him, til this day Page refuses to talk about his interest in Aleister Crowley and the occult. He did mention owning an occult bookshop in London.

He owned Crowley's house in Scotland for about ten-fifteen years, but he only spent a total of 30-40 days there during all that time. This was verified by a close friend of Page, and his family, who had actually lived in and took care of the house.

When any band shrouds themselves in such mystery, you know their rabid fans will eat it all up. It all adds to the myth.

by Anonymousreply 1407/07/2011

Diana Ross - Diana Ross

by Anonymousreply 1507/07/2011

Here's one from 1965 that I found weird and intriguing at the age of ten:

by Anonymousreply 1607/07/2011

Oops, didn't ee that the TJB one had already been taken. I'll go with this one:

by Anonymousreply 1707/07/2011

Ramones Rocket to Russia, my sister had it and I was in complete disbelief that a man could have a cock the size of Joey Ramone. Check it out, it looks flaccid and huge.

by Anonymousreply 1807/07/2011

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Brain Salad Surgery

by Anonymousreply 1907/07/2011

Another vote for "Sticky Fingers"--loved zipping/unzipping that and dad should have figured it out earlier.

by Anonymousreply 2007/07/2011

Hipgnosis consistently created nightmare fuel, the kind of stuff an 80s baby would see in their Boomer parents' record collection at an early age and be haunted by for the rest of their lives. I don't blink an eye at a stray black cat crossing my path but I cringe at the thought of Houses of the Holy, that weird dimensionless black obelisk, Peter Gabriel's melting face, etc. As a teenager I had a book of Storm Thorgerson's favorite record covers and it was like Lex Luthor assembling his Legion of Doom - it included a couple of creepy covers listed here and that weirdass naked Blind Faith cover girl who I'm pretty sure will be the last thing I see before I die

by Anonymousreply 2107/07/2011

King Crimson

In the Court of the Crimson King

by Anonymousreply 2207/07/2011

"I was in complete disbelief that a man could have a cock the size of Joey Ramone. Check it out, it looks flaccid and huge."%0D %0D I think you mean Dee Dee (second from right), Joey's the first on the left.

by Anonymousreply 2307/07/2011

Patty Smith - Easter

by Anonymousreply 2407/07/2011

It's Patti with an "i" and did it freak you out or intrigue you?

by Anonymousreply 2507/07/2011

"Alice Cooper's album with the naked baby in makeup sitting in money. I was convinced they would sacrifice the baby to the devil"

Ahhhhh....."Billion Dollar Babies1" Great album! My older brother had it, and I remember freaking out my mom when my 7 y/o old self serenaded her with my squeaky rendition of " I Love The Dead"! Alice Cooper......has he come out yet?

by Anonymousreply 2607/07/2011

Alice Cooper is straight.

by Anonymousreply 2707/07/2011

EJ - Captain Fantastic. I used to stare at that cover for hours.

by Anonymousreply 2807/07/2011

Black Sabbath. I was convinced I could see eyes looking at me through those windows.

Also, post pics guys!!

by Anonymousreply 2907/07/2011

I forgot about the books of Hipgnosis LP covers, I think there were three.

I picked them up for $1.00 each when there were two amazingly cheap bookstores on 8th Street, Bookmasters and I forgot the other one, perhaps Barnes & Noble before they became cafes with books?

I got an amazing book collection from their $1-$5 stacks, a signed Andy Warhol book (I didn't realize it was signed until I got home, other wise I would have bought 20 copies!), tons of wonder large format art books, just a ton of great reading.

by Anonymousreply 3007/07/2011

"Alice Cooper is straight"

He IS? Ooops, my bad! Guess the 'dar needs adjusting!

by Anonymousreply 3107/07/2011

Kate Bush's "Never For Ever" used to freak me out as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 3207/07/2011

And the back of the album had her dressed as a bat, flying through the night sky. %0D Totally freaky and wierd.

by Anonymousreply 3307/07/2011

R31, yes, you better readjust the 'dar. NOTHING about Alice Cooper is gay. Have you ever even seen him in concert or listened to his lyrics?

by Anonymousreply 3407/07/2011

Styx's Pieces of Eight album cover from 1978. I don't know what intrigued my 11-year-old self more....the old lady faces with chignon hairdos or the Easter-Island-Head earrings.

by Anonymousreply 3507/07/2011

Plasmatics New Hope for the Wretched. Bought it, loved it.

by Anonymousreply 3607/08/2011

This really bothered me a s a child--I'm surprised no one's mentioned it:

by Anonymousreply 3707/08/2011

This Elton John album cover also used to really bother me. On the back, in the left hand bottom corner, there's a back view of a little person that seems to be inside a piece of crockery with a record on top--the crockery is broken so his ass is exposed, and he's shitting little gold pieces.

It really grossed me out as a child.

by Anonymousreply 3807/08/2011

"This really bothered me a s a child--I'm surprised no one's mentioned it:"

You think that version was creepy, did you ever see the original banned cover version? Bowie with a dog's dick?

by Anonymousreply 3907/08/2011

Intriguing indeed.

by Anonymousreply 4007/08/2011

As a pre-teen I spent hours looking at this cover

by Anonymousreply 4107/08/2011

This was jerk-off material for me in my teens.

by Anonymousreply 4207/08/2011

Help Yourself by Tom Jones. I was about five years old when it was released and even though I was not sure what he ment, I sure did appreciate his attitude.

by Anonymousreply 4307/08/2011

This one by ELO:

by Anonymousreply 4407/08/2011

Captain fantastic and the brown dirt cowboy

by Anonymousreply 4507/08/2011

[quota]As a pre-teen I spent hours looking at this cover

I remember that cover, turned me on big time.

by Anonymousreply 4607/08/2011

I never saw this as a kid, but I wish I had. It's my favorite album cover by a (dirty) mile.

by Anonymousreply 4707/08/2011

This was the sheer terror of tripping on acid while listening to Houses of the Holy and realising that the hunky Swan Song record label dude has no genitals.

by Anonymousreply 4807/08/2011

Basically any Grace Jones album cover from the early 80s. They were all very stylized and she always looked eerie, androgynous and extreme. To my unsophisticated childish eyes, that was scary...but intriguing.

by Anonymousreply 4907/08/2011

Awww R2- that was the first album I ever bought. Brings back great memories of a hippy childhood.

by Anonymousreply 5007/08/2011

5 Neat Guys%0D %0D Let's Have a Party in My rec Room

by Anonymousreply 5107/08/2011

Prince - 1999 (inner sleeve photo)%0D %0D I'm pretty sure it was this image that triggered my love of and fascination with big bubble butts.

by Anonymousreply 5207/08/2011

The cover of the Backstreet Boys' Millenium CD intrigued me every time I passed it in the department store. Specifically, it gave me a tingly feeling "down there."

by Anonymousreply 5307/08/2011

I bought it for the Album Cover. "You're Still the One"

by Anonymousreply 5407/08/2011

You just HAD to make the first part of the thread ALL about you, didn't you R14?

by Anonymousreply 5507/08/2011

Controversial H.R. Giger artwork for The Dead Kennedys "Frankenchrist." Appropriately, it was distributed as an insert.

by Anonymousreply 5607/08/2011

Not really the cover, but I remember the booklet of snoop dogg doggystyle, I was six at the time.

by Anonymousreply 5707/08/2011

The guy in the middle of the Orleans cover used to be my U.S. Representative. He was awesome. Now we have some Republican frau cunt.

by Anonymousreply 5807/08/2011

Intrigued category because in those pre-internet days you couldn't just see a naked man anytime you wanted. I used to go to the Rush section of the record store just to look at this for a few seconds as a youngster. Looking at it now it isn't even a nice ass:%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5907/08/2011

Pixies, Come on Pilgrim

great record, scary/creepy cover

by Anonymousreply 6007/08/2011

My brother bought a Grand Funk Railroad album, and the inner sleeve contained a photo of Mark Farner's hairy chest. Naturally, I was intrigued by Mark Farner's hairy pecs. Unfortuanately, can't remember which album it was from.

by Anonymousreply 6107/08/2011

[quote]Basically any Grace Jones album cover from the early 80s. They were all very stylized and she always looked eerie, androgynous and extreme. To my unsophisticated childish eyes, that was scary...but intriguing%0D %0D I was a teen when Grace Jones was popular during the disco era, and her album covers used to scare the sh*t out of me!

by Anonymousreply 6207/08/2011

The Moody Blues "On The Threshold Of A Dream"

I think its freakiness speaks for itself, frankly. Just look at it!

by Anonymousreply 6307/09/2011

OP - I can answer at least one of your questions...

by Anonymousreply 6407/09/2011

I think it was Alice Cooper's "School's Out" that came with a pair of paper underpants. My sister wore them to school one day.

by Anonymousreply 6507/09/2011

R45--my sister had that record when I was a kid and I remember being shocked and fascinated by the record player taking a shit (see the lower left panel in your link).

by Anonymousreply 6607/09/2011

No contest. The greatest rock album cover ever.

Sticky Fingers. Sticky Fingers Sticky Fingers.

All hail Joe Dallesandro.

by Anonymousreply 6707/09/2011

This one.

by Anonymousreply 6807/09/2011


by Anonymousreply 6907/09/2011

I adore this one.

by Anonymousreply 7007/09/2011

Nightmares for weeks

by Anonymousreply 7107/09/2011

Thanks R64 just brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 7207/09/2011

Regarding "Sticky Fingers", I remember as a kid seeing it on display with the wrapper always open at the zipper. Guess, people wanted to check out to see if there was a cock.

by Anonymousreply 7307/09/2011

Fucked up the link.

by Anonymousreply 7407/09/2011

And this one as well. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 7507/09/2011

Yoko's boobs are droopy, but other than that, her body was pretty good. John? Well, he was a straight guy. They don't give two craps.

by Anonymousreply 7607/09/2011

Dead or Alive - Sophisticated Boom Boom

by Anonymousreply 7707/09/2011


As a young gayling, it was one of the first rock albums I ever bought. I loved the Wilson sisters in all their gypsy rocker glamor. (I loved Stevie Nicks, too.) They were girls, they were beautiful, and they rocked hard.

by Anonymousreply 7807/09/2011

Another vote for Captain Fantastic. Loved the music, still do. The album cover was fascinating, still is.

Prince's Controversy was the sexiest album cover I've ever seen. Sticky Fingers is second.

by Anonymousreply 7907/09/2011

This has always been a pretty creepy cover. This is actually the inside cover of Peter Hammill's "The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage".

The front cover looks like a cut off penis.

by Anonymousreply 8007/10/2011

When Debbie went solo...

by Anonymousreply 8107/10/2011

Front cover.

I was like WTF? when this came out. And what's going on with the deep sea diver?!

by Anonymousreply 8207/10/2011

"When Debbie went solo..."

IIRC, that was another LP cover done by Giger, who did the ELP "Brian Salad Surgery" artwork, as well as the Jello Biafra/Dead Kennedy's art linked here, the cocks in the assholes.

by Anonymousreply 8307/10/2011


by Anonymousreply 8407/10/2011

this freaked me out when i was a kid...

by Anonymousreply 8507/10/2011

The original Tommy album was a fold out triptych showing a blue globe with diamond cutouts. There were seagulls and a figure pointing at the album owner. Inside was a large booklet with lyrics and pictures illustrating parts of the story. I had those pictures taped to the headboard and footboard of my bed.

I wish I could find reproductions of those pictures.

by Anonymousreply 8607/10/2011

Would you like to buy my original copy of Tommy, R86?

Seriously, you can find one on eBay, there are tons of LP Sellers with Mint condition LPs complete with their original booklets and whatever cool inserts LPs had back then,

My copy is not for sale, in fact I still collect vinyl.

by Anonymousreply 8707/10/2011

Has no one posted this one yet? I'm surprised. I used to go over this one for the longest time. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 8807/11/2011

Beatles Butcher cover bump.

by Anonymousreply 8907/12/2011

[quote] Would you like to buy my original copy of Tommy, %0D %0D I have the original album.%0D %0D I just can't remember what the illustrations looked like. Lots of dark blue, maybe a kid in a chair?

by Anonymousreply 9007/12/2011

Millie Jackson squeezing out some big, hard stool on the cover of "Back to the Shit"

by Anonymousreply 9107/12/2011


by Anonymousreply 9210/27/2013

Not the cover, but the STRANGE DAYS sleeve.

by Anonymousreply 9310/27/2013

I was intrigued by the cover art of Black Sabbath's debut (spooky lady standing in front of a medieval water mill) and King Crimson's debut (grotesque painting of a screaming face).

by Anonymousreply 9410/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 9510/27/2013

This one.

by Anonymousreply 9610/27/2013

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour from The Moody Blues. I remember being frozen with terror whenever my older sisters played the opening track "Procession", especially the weird synth effects and the loud a capella "DESOLATION!!!! ISOLATION!!!!!" opening lyric. I practically shit my pants in the early 70's (I was about 3 and yes, I totally remember it) and I was fascinated to see my 7 year old nephew react in a similar way when my oldest sister played the album. I hadn't heard it in decades and it even sacred me.

But the cover is a nightmare. Remember when album covers were made of different paper types and textures? This album had a matte finish, which just added to the weird nightmarish artwork. It was like a fuzzy nightmare that I couldn't wake from, and this whole scene was in one of my vivid dreams too.

by Anonymousreply 9710/27/2013

Rush "Hemispheres". I already liked their music at age 13, but I saw that album cover and had to buy it. It was an excuse to have a picture of a naked guy in my room without arousing the suspicion of my parents. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 9810/27/2013

Those wonderful Iron Maiden album covers in the 1980s. When my older brother was out, I would sneak into his bedroom and play his metal albums and I would study those brilliant Iron Maiden album covers. My favorite covers of theirs were "Iron Maiden", "Killers", "The Number of The Beast" and "Piece of Mind"... I could stare at them for hours.

by Anonymousreply 9910/27/2013

BLACK SABBATH'S "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" cover used to give me nightmares as a kid. I loved the album, but the cover scared the poop out of me.

by Anonymousreply 10010/27/2013

The back of a Three Dog Night album. They are all sitting around naked. I was 12 and couldn't stop looking at it, their bushes and hairy chests

by Anonymousreply 10110/27/2013

Mom's Apple Pie. Dripping Vage. Yuk.

by Anonymousreply 10210/27/2013

My dad had this Amazing Rhythm Aces lp when I was small and it disturbed me greatly. You can't really see it in the pic, but it was the stuffing coming out of the frog's mouth that I had a problem with.

by Anonymousreply 10310/27/2013

Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary of a Madman" from 1981. I was 11 and it scared the crap out of me.

by Anonymousreply 10410/27/2013

[quote]Herb Alpert - I had no idea what it was about, but I was intrigued

Oh God yes, the whipped cream lady. Also, the album before with the woman in the yellow dress.

And, the woman in the black dress of Alan Sherman's, "My Son the Folk Singer" album.

by Anonymousreply 10510/27/2013

Kiss "Destroyer", the cover freaked me out and I was so fascinated with it.

by Anonymousreply 10610/27/2013

This was always a fun cover to look at. Anything with comics or intricate artwork was appealing to me.

by Anonymousreply 10710/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 10809/22/2014

The "Hill" on the back cover of FOOL ON THE HILL by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66.

by Anonymousreply 10909/22/2014

I wanted to live in a $325,000 house in Malibu Colony. Oh, and I liked the album a lot. Someone had just dumped me.

by Anonymousreply 11009/22/2014

Queen - News Of The World. Even Family Guy devoted a whole episode to it!

by Anonymousreply 11109/22/2014

My older brother had this cd, 'Deloused in the Comatorium (20/20)' by Mars Volta, when I was about 10. The art work freaked me out but I couldn't stop looking at it.

by Anonymousreply 11209/22/2014

I always loved News Of The World cover. What I found strange was why was George Michael sniffing his armpit on Faith cover. I was disgusted with Guns n' Roses The Spaghetti Incident, but there is one album cover that I never really knew what to think of but it made me uncomfortable and that is Ted Nugent's Scream Dream.

by Anonymousreply 11309/22/2014

News of the World.

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