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The US has a pretty strict policy on the 'decency' of album covers compared to most other countries. Have you ever seen an album cover and wondered how the hell it got pressed?

 

I think it's funny how even though it's a illustration, bare boobs are not tolerated, yet this is perfectly fine:

 

"Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse"

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/669/folderuc.jpg

 

I remember browsing through the CDs at FYE one day when I first saw this, I couldn't believe it. I happen to like this kind of thing, but I was just very surprised. I'd seen Butchered at Birth, but this just seemed like it crossed the line.

 

I know there are much worse album covers that are on obscure labels that big distributors don't carry, but I'm talking about an album you can walk in and buy at something like Best Buy.


Edited by thornygravy - 10/7/10 at 6:41pm
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Uriah Heep- Demons and Wizards

 

Look closely at the tree and waterfall.153510.jpg


Edited by Happy Camper - 10/18/10 at 11:34am
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Uriah Heep- Demons and Wizards

 

Look closely at the tree and waterfall.



lol, had this lp album way back when but I've never looked at it that closely. Guess I was just too preoccupied listening to easy livin while travelling in time.


Edited by wuwhere - 10/7/10 at 7:05pm
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I am extremely offended by this album cover above

 

No seriously, the one below is a bit risque if you study it closely..lol

 

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Edited by Fido2 - 10/7/10 at 7:18pm
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^ lol

Go! Nads, you good thing!

clue: one has 'em, the other don't

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Yeah, I got one of those as well

 

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What, only one?

 

Frankenchrist - Dead Kennedys


Edited by rehabitat - 10/8/10 at 5:02am
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Originally Posted by thornygravy View Post

The US has a pretty strict policy on the 'decency' of album covers compared to most other countries. Have you ever seen an album cover and wondered how the hell it got pressed?

 

I think it's funny how even though it's a illustration, bare boobs are not tolerated, yet this is perfectly fine:

 

"Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse"

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/669/folderuc.jpg

 

I remember browsing through the CDs at FYE one day when I first saw this, I couldn't believe it. I happen to like this kind of thing, but I was just very surprised. I'd seen Butchered at Birth, but this just seemed like it crossed the line.

 

I know there are much worse album covers that are on obscure labels that big distributors don't carry, but I'm talking about an album you can walk in and buy at something like Best Buy.


I find it rather amusing that a guy is railing against a drawing on an album cover from twenty years whilst sporting an avatar of a topless chick squeezing a pair of headphones against her tits.

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Hmm, if I scout around, I might find more

 

Or I could bring up the Balls to the Wall pic again


Edited by Cianyx - 10/8/10 at 5:02am
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I find it rather amusing that a guy is railing against a drawing on an album cover from twenty years whilst sporting an avatar of a topless chick squeezing a pair of headphones against her tits.


What are you talking about?  Dude, you've got him all wrong.  But I forgive you, it's Friday night and you should be at the pub watching Psycroptic or something.

 

btw thornygravy has the finest avatar on headfi

 

imho smily_headphones1.gif
 

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Hmm, if I scout around, I might find more

 


lol good luck with that darling 


Edited by rehabitat - 10/8/10 at 5:09am
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Franken*******christ

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I find it rather amusing that a guy is railing against a drawing on an album cover from twenty years whilst sporting an avatar of a topless chick squeezing a pair of headphones against her tits.


Learn to read, I love the album cover.

 

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What are you talking about?  Dude, you've got him all wrong.  But I forgive you, it's Friday night and you should be at the pub watching Psycroptic or something.

 

btw thornygravy has the finest avatar on headfi

 

Thanks. biggrin.gif

post #13 of 123

in the US you can print anything you want on your coverart

 

where the problems can come in are

 

1. the label doesn't like it and refuses to release the album

2. the stores won't stock it (you can use a slipcover or insert that covers the offensive art)

 

last example of #2 i personally experienced was Slayer's God Hates Us All... the cover with the mutilated bible offends oversensitive religious nuts so they added an insert over the cover art so places like circuit city (where i bought the album) would carry it

 

so the US doesn't have any policy it's the labels and the stores... if it was some federal regulation those small labels that distribute a large quantity of albums with explicit sex acts on the cover art would not be allowed to do so


Edited by necropimp - 10/8/10 at 9:31am
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Mayhem - Dawn of the black hearts

 

Not sure wether it was even released in the US though.

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Mayhem - Dawn of the black hearts

 

Not sure wether it was even released in the US though.



 

 

It is a bootleg AFAIK. And yes, that is quite offensive album cover, having authentic leaked picture of Mayhem's old vocalist after he commited suicide, brains splattered all over the place. But then again, after reading quite a bit about "Dead" I presume he would have enjoyed the thought of him being on album cover dead... But I still think its incredibly disrespectful for him.


Edited by MaZa - 10/8/10 at 10:52am
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