Music and controversy seem to go hand in hand. Not a day goes by where musicians aren’t targeted by groups who deem their music to be offensive, but often this is restricted to the lyrical content (and typically the metal and rap genres). It is not just the lyrics that have caused shock, however, as often the album art has been deemed inappropriate. Many of these covers end up being censored or places will refuse to stock them, and sometimes they are forced to be packed completely differently. Here are 10 covers which have caused a huge amount of controversy.
Note: Because our bosses would get mad at us if we actually posted photos containing these album covers, we have provided handy links for each one. They are mostly NSFW, so don’t get fired today by looking at them if you’re not supposed to!
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother’s Milk
Released in 1989, RHCP’s fourth record, Mother’s Milk, was a major stepping stone in terms of their success. The album artwork upset some, however, with it showing the band sprawled across the arms of a much larger and naked woman. Although her nipples are concealed (one by a rose and the other by frontman Anthony Keidis), several stores were not happy with the level of female nudity that was on show and they refused to sell the album. This saw a more censored version be created where the band members covered up more of the woman, which appeased most retailers. It would not be the last time that the band caused controversy with their artwork, however, as 2002’s By The Way, their most famous album, featured Julian Schnabel’s painting of his daughter (John Frusciante’s then-girlfriend) topless with her eyes scratched out.