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ALBUM COVERS
PURPOSE OF ALBUM COVER 
The first and foremost purpose of a CD cover is to 
protect the CD from general wear and tear. How...
FRONT OF CD 
• PURPOSE: display the bands name and also the name of the 
album. The CD itself is simply just displaying th...
CONTROVERSIAL ALBUM 
ART
SEXUALITY/NUDITY 
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS- MOTHER’S MILK 
(1989) 
The album cover features a black and 
white photograph of ...
NIRVANA-NEVERMIND (1991) 
The album cover clearly showed 
an infant (Spencer Elden)’s penis. 
Chain stores such as Wal-Mar...
TRADEMARK 
CRYSTAL CASTLES- CRYSTAL CASTLES 
(2008) 
The albums original artwork, a black and 
white image of Madonna with...
VAMPIRE WEEKEND- CONTRA 
(2010) 
The cover art, taken in the 
1980s, features a blond girl 
staring into the camera with 
...
OTHERS 
GUNS N’ ROSES- G N’ R LIES 
(1988) 
The album cover depicts a 
newspaper article with various 
text written on it,...
ARCTIC MONKEYS- WHATEVER 
PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT’S WHAT 
I’M NOT (2006) 
The cover sleeve showing Chris 
McClure, a friend ...
SUMMARY 
• Most common techniques which occurred 
• Clear and simple 
• Connection between album name and pack-shot 
• Art...
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  1. 1. ALBUM COVERS
  2. 2. PURPOSE OF ALBUM COVER The first and foremost purpose of a CD cover is to protect the CD from general wear and tear. However, besides the practicalities of the cover it is designed for the artist to advertise the content. Every artist has their own personal style which is portrayed through the art work this could include: Photography, illustration, graphic design and the typography. Over the decades since album covers were revolutionised, there have been many controversial album covers. Aspects of artwork associated with sexuality/nudity, religious beliefs, trademarks have been either banned or dismissed due to violence, graphical content or plagiarism
  3. 3. FRONT OF CD • PURPOSE: display the bands name and also the name of the album. The CD itself is simply just displaying the album’s artwork BACK OF CD • PURPOSE: displays: • an image of the band itself • CD- track numbers and song titles, including bonus tracks • Produced by: • DVD- track numbers and song titles • Barcode • Additional record logos INSIDE FRONT OF CD • PURPOSE: The inside front of this album is simply displaying the back of the booklet with images of the band in live performance, lyrics etc CD • PURPOSE: either has the band name or something related to the album.
  4. 4. CONTROVERSIAL ALBUM ART
  5. 5. SEXUALITY/NUDITY RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS- MOTHER’S MILK (1989) The album cover features a black and white photograph of the band sprawled across the arms of a proportionately larger naked woman. A rose conceals one of her nipples while Kiedis’ standing body conceals the other. Several national chains refused to sell the record because they believed the female subject displayed too much nudity. A stricter censored version was manufactured for some retailers that featured the band members in far larger proportion than the original
  6. 6. NIRVANA-NEVERMIND (1991) The album cover clearly showed an infant (Spencer Elden)’s penis. Chain stores such as Wal-Mart, and K-Mart were highly offended and initially refused to carry Nevermind. However eventually due to such high demand, Nirvana compromised and put a sticker that read “Featuring «Smells Like Teen Spirit», «Come As You Are» and «Lithium»” over the genitals. Nirvana saw continued controversy for their next album, In Utero.
  7. 7. TRADEMARK CRYSTAL CASTLES- CRYSTAL CASTLES (2008) The albums original artwork, a black and white image of Madonna with a black eye with ‘c/r/y/s/t/a/l c/a/s/t/l/e/s’ written across it, was originally going to be cover art of the bands debut album but the artist who created the image sued them because they did not have copyright. Instead an image of both members of the band standing in a street, leaning forward so their faces cannot be seen was hastily taken and used for artwork. However the Madonna image already featured on band merchandise and as the art for their first single “Alice Practice” so they were forced to buy rights to the image’
  8. 8. VAMPIRE WEEKEND- CONTRA (2010) The cover art, taken in the 1980s, features a blond girl staring into the camera with an unidentifiable expression on her face. The band are currently being sued by the model, Kirsten Kennis,who claims the photographer who sold the image to the band did not take the picture and she was not aware her image was being used until she saw the copy her teenage daughter had bought
  9. 9. OTHERS GUNS N’ ROSES- G N’ R LIES (1988) 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
  10. 10. ARCTIC MONKEYS- WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT (2006) The cover sleeve showing Chris McClure, a friend of the band, smoking a cigarette, was criticised by the head of the NHS in Scotland for “reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK”. The image on the CD itself is a shot of an ashtray full of cigarettes. The band’s product manager denied the accusation, and in fact suggested the opposite — “You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good
  11. 11. SUMMARY • Most common techniques which occurred • Clear and simple • Connection between album name and pack-shot • Artist/ group name on front cover • Not many colours used • Artist/group relate to the pack-shot

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