Top 10 Music Album Covers Featuring Naked PeopleThe idea of this list is to discuss album covers and not music on the albums (but you can share your opinion about music, too).
I noticed these things about albums covers of this type:
1) Covers with naked people can be both beautiful and disgusting;
2) There are covers that are done tastefully and covers that are just cheap attempts at getting attention (i.e. selling an album with probably bad music);
3) Images can be sexualized or not;
4) Some images of naked people are disgusting but this is done on purpose because it reflects the album idea.
I put on this list covers I like and covers I dislike.
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What do you think about these album covers?
THIS. By far. Everything is perfect about it. The futuristic silver font, the beauty of the underwater world, the light touching everything just slightly making it seem shiny, and the fascinating beauty of the natural human body.
I even own this album because back then they had a hit over here with "Watercolor", then they vanished and were forgotten. I must admit I also completely forgot about them. I need to check this out again.
This seems to resemble an old painting, such paintings have been made right after the middle ages up to the 19th century. The problem I have with such album covers is that they look a bit too pretentious to me, like "look, it's art. We're classy." An exception is classical music because the cover sets the tone for the music.
I would say this is very tastefully done - she looks like a Greek Goddess and the image isn't sexualized because the private parts aren't accentuated.
And yes, Burzum is the black metal band founded by Varg Vikernes (non-metal fans know him mostly for killing a bandmate).
Info about this cover:
The cover art is taken from the painting Elegy (1899) by French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
Varg Vikernes, the musician behind this album, said "We mastered the album as if it was classical music".
@Martin - I think naked people wearing shoes are OK. Just look at this image - to me she's naked despite her red shoes. Red shoes? Oh, yeah, I got it.
Does it still count if they wear shoes?
Because in that case I have to add several album covers by E-Rotic.
Her booty was censored on this image.
Not one, two bare naked ladies on a cover for an album titled "Nothing's Shocking".
The true story about Electric Ladyland was that that original album cover was going to be 19 naked women. But, it was too racy and it was replaced with a picture of Jimi Hendrix.
On the original cover there were 19 nude women! It was banned and replaced with Jimi's photo.
The difference between this and the Virgin Killer cover is that the latter is sexualized.
There's also cultural differences: nudity is much more common and accepted in German media (you can see it on T.V. during daytime), as is sexuality. Especially in the 70s, sex, pornography and nudity was used very heavily in arts in Germany. The cover and title was a reference to a song lyric which was about that a child is born innocent but loses this innocence over time. Pedophilia was not talked about in Germany until decades later, or rather, child nudity was not as controversial back then. I doubt they actually intended it to be that shocking. The album was never banned or indexed in Germany, but most recent pressings have the international cover. I don't think such a cover could be made in Germany nowadays. A sexualized pose would need the model to be at least 14 years of age due to that being the German age of consent.
This extremely open use of a sexual image, especially in the context of it being a 10 year old, shocked Americans who were not used to that.
On Nirvana's cover, the baby was naked but not sexualized.
My problem with this cover is that the woman looks very much like a porn star, and mainly her blonde hair is responsible for that unwanted effect. If only she had black hair... or red. And with a different shape - I imagine her hair shape slightly resembling the hook shape (with the ends up).
Yes, this is a very aesthetic mixture of sexual pleasure and pain, and the grey overall tone in contrast to the colorful woman looks fantastic. The hobby psychologist in me is über happy.
I always appreciated how Prince played with gender stereotypes and had a lot of feminine aesthetic. I think this cover is beautiful, but to be honest, the hair on his chest and his beard kind of ruin it a bit, as they are associated with masculinity.
I've read an interview with the sex symbol Kim Basinger - she dated him, maybe in the early 90s, and she was crazy about him. Good lover, she said.
Prince was straight by the way and insiders said despite his gender bending style wasn't all too gay friendly in private.
This is more 70s than the 70s. I must say I am not the biggest fan of 70s aesthetics, it's where American and European pop culture mixed the most and imitated each other and it sometimes was a parade of pretentiousness, everyone tried to be super artsy.
I love the 90s aesthetics, even though it varied greatly in America and Europe (America was rock oriented, Europe was techno oriented). It looks very nightmare-ish and surreal, with a threatening red color scheme and extremely artificial lightning. Yup, this is the kind of art I really like. Daring, scary and extreme, but in its overall tone still very aesthetic and of a high stylistic and artistic quality.
I am... not very sure what this is supposed to tell me. I guess the person (Man? Woman? ) is humilated in the worst way possible. The American flag may indicate a sociocritical interpretation... but I don't know this artist. Could also be a simple showcase of tasteless humor.
I love Marilyn Manson, this is his best album with the best cover artwork.
Not onoy does he continue to intelligently trigger American prudeness, he does it with a never before seen beauty. His other albums are looking disturbing and shocking, trying to trigger the debate of the impact violence in media has on kids, but this is different. It looks very artistic and like out of a surreal cyberpunk dream, yet still became notorious for its depiction of genderlessness.
Album, cover and impact 5 out of 5.
He isn't literally naked but the rubber suit he wears has boobs on it and he looks naked.
Shakira always has decent covers, just like she makes decent music. I know it probably wasn't her idea to shoot this picture but it is still so fitting for the music. Classy and with much grace, she shows us the wonder of being a mother. The album itself is one of her calmest and least pop like, and feels very personal and often introverted.
(Another one of my favorite albums out there.)
A naked couple making love in an apple. It's not ugly. Looks rather romantic.
I liked the image on the apple. Like Adam & Eve.
@Martin - thanks for your great comments on this list. I don't agree with everything but it isn't necessary. I still think your comments are great.
More info about this cover: they can't change the font because it's the band's logo that appears on every album. This album came out in 2013 but yes, their music style is inspired by the 60s-70s, and also the aesthetic. I agree it's very LSD-ish but this LSD-ish thing fits the music on the album because they play stoner music.
The image could be so great... the war, and the Adam and Eve resemblence, two most natural beings facing the horror of civilisation... if it wasn't so LSD-ish. The colors and the font turn me off so much. I think this late 60s early 70s aesthetic just looks too groovy and hippie-ish to be taken as seriously as it may was intended to be. It should have darker, greyer colors, and a more Times New Roman like font.
I like it, it looks rather romantic and sad. It isn't sexualized. I also like the music on this album (stoner rock/metal).
@Metal Treasure: it wasn't banned in Germany where it originated. It can still be found on some editions, but the widely available ones have the international cover.
For more info, see my comment on "Nevermind".
1976 LP. The original cover art depicts a nude 10 year old girl, provocatively posed. Probably the most scandalous album cover image of all time. It was immediately banned and replaced with a group photo.
Thanks for this clarification, Martin. It was banned in the most countries. I wonder if there were other countries, besides Germany, where it wasn't banned.
Artwork was created by one of their vocalists - Xenoyr (harsh vox). They have 2 vocalists.
This is an album cover to extreme prog metal music of 2017
Seems the 70s were obsessed with pubescent girls / minors / virgins. Other similar covers on this list from the 70s - Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, Virgin Killer by Scorpions.
Was this cover banned in the US as well? I saw this album a few days ago at a local store in Austria, uncensored and fully visible to everyone walking by.
It's from 1969, but nevertheless look at my comment for Houses of the Holy for more information.
Kanye is a great artist with some of the most excessive and extreme music I have ever heard. He stopped making easy listenable hip hop long time ago and since this album only lets his twisted mind flow, often surreally. In context, this works perfectly - sex, alcohol and modern arts. On its own... it's ugly.
But the album is my personal favorite American hip hop album.