Censored, Banned and Offensive Album Cover Artwork Gallery & Record Collector Information

This page lists some of the most offensive album covers ever produced. Some of these photos have been banned/forbidden ( that is: albums with that specific artwork have been removed from marketing, eg The Scorpions - Virgin Killer ). Some albums may have been censored ( that is: sensitive areas have been covered ).

 

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On the discography listing below you will find Censored, Banned and Offensive Album Cover Artwork vinyl records released during the 1970s and 1980s. For each record you will have the record company's catalognr, album title, year and country of release. Complete information for each record can be viewed by selecting the corresponding links. Albums have been ordered in ascending alphabetical order of the album titles. This information can help you to identify which particular release of the album you own.

 

Label & Catalogno Band/Performers - Album Title Year Country
Vertigo 814 271
BLACK SABBATH - Born Again
 

BLACK SABBATH - Born Again ( 1983 , West-Germany )

The cover art, designed by Steve Joule, features an image of an infant with horns and vampire fangs. The cover eventually caused controversy and has been hated by some fans. Drummer Bill Ward has said that he did not like the album's cover and according to him, then-singer Ian Gillan told the press that he vomited when he first saw the cover. Guitarist Tony Iommi approved the album cover. Despite the controversy, the album has never had an alternate cover.

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Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. ( 1984 , Holland )

Patriotic Republicans had a major fit over this album cover, thinking that Bruce was shown to be urinating on the US flag.

Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth CD

"Butchered at Death" was the "Cannibal Corpse's" second album, and was quickly banned in Germany until June 2006. The very grotesque cover art featured a slaughtered mother-to-be being cut up by a zombie, with her baby apparently about to be slaughtered by another zombie

New Rose ROSE 75 Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist with Adult Poster by Hr Giger Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist with Adult Poster by HR Giger ( 1985 , France )
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DIO HOLY DIVER Germany 12" LP ALBUM VINYL

DIO - Holy Diver ( 1983, Netherlands ) New Item  

This original cover offended churches because it looks as if the monster on the album was killing a Roman Catholic priest.

Geffen 924 148 / WX 125

Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction ( 1987 , Germany )

The album cover was considered due to a very disturbing picture of an alien and robot rape scene which was the original graphics for the for the cover of Guns N' Roses' debut album. In the end it was decided to use a completely different image, although this picture did still appear on the inside sleeve of the album.

Geffen 924 198
Guns n' Roses - G N'R Lies

Guns n' Rose s - G N'R Lies ( 1988 , Germany )

The album cover depicts a newspaper article with various text written on it, alongside images. The original version of the album cover included the headines "Wife-beating has been around for 10,000 years" and "Ladies, welcome to the dark ages", which both become very controversial, due to the misogyny nature of both sentences. They were quickly replaced with "Lies Lies Lies" and "Elephant Gives Birth to Midget" respectively.

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The album front cover displayed Lennon and Ono frontally nude, while the rear cover featured them from behind. Distributors were prompted to sell the album in a plain brown wrapper, and copies of the album were impounded as obscenity in several jurisdictions.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Two Virgins

The album front cover displayed Lennon and Ono frontally nude, while the rear cover featured them from behind. Distributors were prompted to sell the album in a plain brown wrapper, and copies of the album were impounded as obscenity in several jurisdictions.

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Overkill - !!!Fuck You!!!

Overkill - !!!Fuck You!!! ( 1987 , Germany )

!!!Fuck You!!! is an EP released by thrash metal band Overkill in 1987. Consisting of a cover version of the song "Fuck You" (originally by The Stiffs), the EP also featured 5 live tracks recorded at The Phantasy Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] Long out of print, the EP is now extremely rare, but was re-released in 1997 with extra tracks as !!!Fuck You!!! and Then Some.

POISON - Open Up and Say Ahh!

Somehow some retailers objected to this sleeve on the grounds that it was too "raunchy".

Harvest 1C 064-2401051
ROGER WATERS - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking Uncensored Gatefold
 

ROGER WATERS - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking Uncensored Gatefold ( 1984, Germany )

Rare UNCENSORED gatefold (FOC) cover design, the censored version have a black stripe/bar over the booty.

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ROLLING STONES - Sticky Fingers

Many people got pretty excited about this album cover because of the zipper. Many thought it was too racy. That being said, it only ever got banned in Spain, but not because of any moral issues – the zipper tended to scratch the records racked in front of it.

 

 

Roxy Music - Country Life The 4th Roxy Music Album ( 1974, Germany )

In some areas in the US and other parts of the world a different version of the sleeve was used – the women were airbrushed out completely, leaving only the green backdrop and the band logo.

Black RCA NL 70028

SCORPIONS - In Trance Uncensored Album cover ( 1975, Germany )

The album cover shows a woman smashing a guitar, with one of her breasts exposed. The album cover gained controversy and has since been changed so that the breast is covered up.

RCA Victor PPL 1-4128 (26.21 575)
The album cover shows a woman smashing a guitar, with one of her breasts exposed. The album cover gained controversy and has since been changed so that the breast is covered up.

THE SCORPIONS In Trance ( Orange Label, 1975 )

The album cover shows a woman smashing a guitar, with one of her breasts exposed. The album cover gained controversy and has since been changed so that the breast is covered up.

EMI Harvest SHSP 4097 THE SCORPIONS Lovedrive (UK)

THE SCORPIONS Lovedrive ( 1979, Gt Britain )

The album cover of "Lovedrive" has often featured in 'worst album covers ever' lists, this bizarre sleeve was replaced in some countries with a more sensible black sleeve featuring a blue scorpion. The album's artwork was named "Best album sleeve of 1979″ by Playboy magazine.

Harvest 2400071 The Scorpions - Love at First Sting

THE SCORPIONS Love at First Sting ( 1984, France )

This is the original album cover, an alternate cover showing a photo of the band members is used in several department store chains since they refused to carry the original album cover art.
 

 

RCA Victor PPL1-4225

this is he original cover featured a nude prepubescent girl, which stirred controversy

SCORPIONS - Virgin Killer Uncensored First German pressing

Virgin Killer is the fourth studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The title is described as being a reference to time as the killer of innocence, this is the original cover featured a nude prepubescent girl, which stirred controversy

Victory Records 828 272

Tin Machine - Tin Machine II with David Bowie ( 1991, Netherlands )

On the US version of this David Bowie sleeve, the statues' penises were airbrushed out … all in the name of public decency.

Music For Nations MFN 12 KUT 109

W.A.S.P - Animal (F**K Like a Beast) ( England )