June 14, 2021

Seven album covers that caused sensation, modesty and even censorship

Showing a little more skin has been from a temptation for artists to a source of disapproval for the most inquisitive. The Clinic collected some covers that caused everything, except indifference, in its time.

Discos

“Solar Power” – Lorde (2021)

“Solar Power” – Lorde (2021)

After four years of waiting, the New Zealand artist Lorde announced his next single, “Solar power”, the first musical premiere since his acclaimed album Melodrama (2017). In its Web page official, the 24-year-old singer published the announcement with a suggestive panoramic photograph taken from below and without pants. Although it is not the cover of any of his albums properly so, the image has caused a sensation on social networks since its publication.

“Lovesexy” – Prince (1988)

“Lovesexy” – Prince (1988)

Prince’s tenth album is based on a single concept, a sentiment that the American artist dubbed “Lovesexy”. The album cover was one of his most daring creations: the singer appears completely naked sitting on a flower. The album did not do well in sales compared to his other albums. Many attribute it to the fact that, when it was sold, they covered it with a black cover due to the modesty generated by wearing it on the street.

“Electric Ladyland” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

“Electric Ladyland” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the progressive rock band that the famed guitarist formed with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, released their third album in 1968: “Electric Ladyland”. Although Hendrix did not agree with the idea, the record company released a cover showing a harem of naked women on a black background. They had to change it some time later due to the controversies it caused.

Unfinished music N° 1: Two virgins” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1968)

Unfinished music N° 1: Two virgins” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1968)

The debut album of John Lennon and Yoko Ono would not transcend so much musically if it were not for its cover: Photographs taken by the former Beatle with the camera’s self-timer, where he and his wife appear completely naked. The EMI and Capitol labels refused to distribute these discs precisely because of the image. Finally, for sale, the album was covered with a brown paper where you can only see the faces of the authors and the phrase: Two virgins.

“Diamond Dogs” – David Bowie (1974)

“Diamond Dogs” – David Bowie (1974)

With his eighth studio album, David Bowie wanted to represent a post-apocalyptic world in his own way. That is how “Diamond Dogs” It ends up being a kind of homage to the novel “1984” by George Orwell. The album was released with a cover where the London artist is drawn as a hybrid creature: half dog, half queer. On the back cover you could see Bowie’s doggy genitalia, which were later erased.

“Bicycle race” – Queen (1978)

“Bicycle race” – Queen (1978)

The singles “Bicycle race” Y “Fat bottomed girls” had their own cover: a woman riding a bicycle naked, as portrayed by himself video from the first song (which featured 65 women without clothes). However, the image generated criticism, so in several countries they improvised a bikini for the protagonist.

“Another era” – Javiera Mena (2014)

“Another era” – Javiera Mena (2014)

The third album of Javiera mena includes several of the Chilean singer’s greatest hits, such as “Sword”, “The jewel” Y “Another era”, which gives the disk its name. Its original cover shows the national singer in black and white with a bare chest. It was censored with a white stripe by the platforms that broadcast the material, such as iTunes and Spotify.