NME.com have posted a list of what they deem the most controversial album sleeves ever and, as usual, they’ve only got it about 80% correct. Of course the original cover for G’NR’s Appetite For Destruction is included (robot rapes girl in poorly-received cartoon), as is the breast-melting cover from ‘Lovedrive’ by German rockers The Scorpions, and Lennon and Ono’s ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’, which features a pair of unruly muffs.
However, where dear old NME misses the trick is that they’ve failed to include what we believe to be the worst sleeve ever: Rod Stewart’s ‘An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down’.
With a cover that’s disturbing on so many levels, there was even a gatefold version that was even worse than the original; what were they thinking? It’s no surprise that the album has been recently re-released with a plain sleeve.
See the list here.