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Album covers that give you the creeps



You know the feeling: You almost didn't buy the album because the cover was so weird. So offensive. So down-right creepy. You prayed that the CD or cassette cover was more tame. (At least the cover was smaller.) And no matter how good the music was, you always sigh when you look at the lame packaging.

It's time for 10 of the Scariest or Most Lame Album Covers of the 80s!

Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman: Looks like Fright Night at Universal Studios. Or the set of a bad Mel Brooks movie.
Loverboy's Get Lucky: Umm, hmmm. No comment. (I can't believe these guys are Canadians.)

Menudo's Reaching Out: We get the feeling that Michael Jackson collects Menudo album artwork.
Millie Jackson's Back to the S--t: Clearly the most offensive cover of the last 100 years of music (though that Loverboy cover is still giving us the willies.) This artist and album cover has a cult following. Among whom? Better not to know.

Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry: Does it ease the pain to know that Dee Snider is now mostly bald and resembles a deranged truck driver?
Thompson Twins' Into the Gap: Appropriately named since it looks like an ad for the Gap clothing store. Also resembles the cover of Wiggles albums.

Van Halen's Diver Down: Not scary or offensive. Just incredibly lame -- the symbol for "a diver down" in scuba. (Does this cover mark the end of the era of good cover art? hmm) Granted, Van Halen has a history of bad cover art ("Women and Children First" is "Loverboy-esque") but this is sad.
Def Leppard's Pyromania: After 9-11, this just isn't funny anymore.

Wham!'s Fantastic: Aww, honey, look! Menudo grew up! (The only thing "Fantastic" about Wham! is that they broke up.)
Styx Mr. Roboto: Not sure how Asians feel about this. Probably not great. Also, it's the album that essentially broke up a very good band. Thank you, Dennis DeYoung, for ruining the career of the band that helped me transition from the KISS years to New Wave.

What albums did we miss?

Also, don't forget to check out our list of Best Album Covers of the 80s.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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