"The Last Laugh" EP by The Fits sparks controversy with its 45RPM 7" vinyl featuring a provocative nude figure on the sleeve. European publications weigh in on the debate, exploring the balance between artistic freedom and societal responsibility. Fans applaud the band's audacity, while critics express concerns about the potential impact on younger audiences. The discussion highlights the ongoing tension between artistic expression and societal norms in the music industry.


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"The Last Laugh" Album Description:

In the realm of music, album artwork has long served as a visual complement to the auditory experience, with the potential to spark conversations and stir emotions. The recent release of "The Last Laugh" EP by The Fits has ignited controversy not only for its musical content but also due to its provocative album sleeve featuring a nude figure engaging in an unusual gesture.

The 7" EP, spinning at 45RPM, has become a focal point of discussion within the music community, raising questions about artistic expression, censorship, and societal norms. The offending image on the picture sleeve portrays a nude individual poking a finger into their nose, challenging conventional expectations of album art decorum.

While some argue that the imagery is a form of artistic freedom, pushing boundaries and sparking dialogue, others find it offensive and inappropriate for public consumption. The debate over the balance between artistic expression and social responsibility is not new, but "The Last Laugh" EP brings these discussions to the forefront once again.

European publications, known for their nuanced and analytical approach, have taken varying stances on the matter. Some critics commend The Fits for their boldness, asserting that the provocative sleeve serves as a commentary on societal taboos and challenges preconceived notions of decency. Others, however, condemn the choice, emphasizing the potential impact on younger audiences and the need for responsible artistic expression.

In an era where visuals are shared instantaneously through social media, the controversial album art has sparked online discussions, garnering both support and criticism from diverse audiences. Fans of The Fits defend the band's right to artistic expression, praising the EP for its audacity and originality, while detractors argue for a more restrained approach, especially considering the potential impact on a broader audience.

The Fits' decision to include such provocative imagery prompts us to reflect on the intersection of art, music, and societal norms. As debates surrounding the EP continue, it remains to be seen whether "The Last Laugh" will be remembered for its musical prowess or become a symbol of the ongoing tension between artistic freedom and societal expectations.

Album Description & Collectors information:


"The Fits" were a punk rock band from Blackpool, Lancashire, England, who were active between 1979 and 1985

British 70s Punk 
The album: "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP" was produced by: KNOX
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Joe Bull
This album was recorded at: Spaceward Studio, Cambridge, UK / England
Rondelet Music and Records ROUND 30
7" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record 
1982 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Steve Withers - Guitars
  • Tez McDonald - Drums
  • Ricky McGuire - Bass
  • Mick Crudge - Vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP"

The detailed tracklist of this record "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP" is:

    Side A:
  1. Last Laugh
    Side B:
  1. Different Way Nothing To Prove
High Quality Photo Sleeve of "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP"
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"The Last Laugh" front cover features a birthday-suit-clad punk defying authority with a nose pick that would make Freud blush.
Album Back Cover  Photo of "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP"
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Photo of "THE FITS - The Last Laugh EP" 7" Side B

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High Resolution Photo of the Record's Label  

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