12 album covers to cherish
The art of a great album cover died along with vinyl records, as pointed out in a fantastic article last week in the Times. And although Sean Daly's article picked out some great art covers through the years, he neglected some of the true classics of the 80s.
So I bring you the official Stuck in the 80s' favorite album covers:
Asia's Alpha: I liked this one slightly better than their first album cover. Even painted it outside my freshman dorm room.
Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill: If you read the plane's tail number in a mirror, it says Eat Me.
Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA: Critics originally thought Bruce was urinating on the flag.
Rush's Moving Pictures: Possibly the band's best album and album cover. Too literal? Not for Rush's covers.
Oingo Boingo's Only a Lad: The very first album I bought based on the cover. Turned out they became my favorite group of the 80s.
REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity: Of course, at age 14, I didn't know what infidelity was. Thank you, Kevin Cronin.
Duran Duran's Rio: Stylized, sleek, sexy art by Patrick Nagel. It's so Duran Duran and so early 80s.
Styx's Paradise Theater: On the back, you see a run-down version of the theater after it closes for good. Brilliant!
Rolling Stones' Tattoo You: A creepy album cover full of equally creepy music. But it stands out.
Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist: Leave it to Jello Biafra to find a way to pair a benign photo with a scandalous album title.
Dead Milkmen's Big Lizard in my Backyard: I really miss this group. When they have a box set, it's mine.
Scorpions' Blackout: Seeing the forks in his eyes, my parents would not allow me to buy this album. (A favor in retrospect).
So what great 80s albums are we missing out on?
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