I got this idea from my sister in-law and like her, I like to judge a book by it’s cover. So this weeks top 5 is all about albums you can accurately judge (good or bad) by the cover they’re wrapped in. I know this is a little bit of a challenge, especially in the era of the mp3, but don’t wuss out. Screw on your thinking cap, fire up your Google and gimme your selections.

Here are mine:

When gangsta rap first hit, it was fucking scary and NWA was the face of it. Everything about Straight Outta Compton was raw, anti-establishment and frightening all the way down to the album cover and you staring down the barrel of Ice Cube’s gun.

N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton

From the rock staple Les Paul guitar to the standard rock star lead guitar stance this cover tells you you’re about to put in a pure rock and roll album. Some’ll love it, some’ll hate it but you’re gonna get exactly what you expect…

The Cult – Sun King

This cover serves as a warning as much as anything else. It says, “this album is gonna fuck you up.” IMO, is still one of this heaviest albums ever.

Pantera – Regular People

This cover features the infamous photo of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk burning himself to death in Saigon. The monk was protesting the government’s oppression of the Buddhist religion. The cd features 10 tracks rife with protest and politics. In the end, there may not be a better song/cover paring ever.

Rage Against The Machine – Know Your Enemy

This cd cover screams; CLICHE, INSIPID, UNINSPIRED AND BORING. The cd whimpers it.

Kid Rock – Born Free

10 thoughts on “TOP 5: YOU CAN JUDGE ME BY MY COVER:”

  1. You are right. I had to dig for this one. Hell I am not even sure I got it right but for better or worse here are mine:

    I think this album cover was a large part of my return to my father’s genre of music. And yet it wasn’t my father’s music. Johnny really looks like what he was in that picture. The godfather of what has become my favorite genre of music.

    I love Lucero and make no secret of that but as far as album covers that match the title this one takes the cake. The name makes me think of treehouses, bicycles, running the bayou and just being a boy and that trio on the cover really exemplifies that sentiment as far as I am concerned.

    This one really doesn’t tell you what’s on the inside of the album but damn it fits so well. Yeah I had dig deep in the past for this one but I really like the pairing.

    Damn if this cover just don’t convey the overall feel of the album. I don’t know who did this series of covers for WEW but they damn sure got it right. I had to pick one and this is my favorite. I really don’t like the cover for his last one but this one was just amazing and seemed to fit every song on the album!

  2. Off the top of my head…

    Babyland – You Suck Crap
    My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    Chemlab – Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar
    Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
    Godflesh – Cold World

  3. Just some off the top of my head…
    Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
    OCMS – Tennessee Pusher
    Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Victims, Enemies, and Old Friends

  4. Just a slight correction about that N.W.A. cover, that’s actually the barrel of Eazy E’s gun that scared the shit out of us back in the day.

  5. Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main Street”
    The Clash – “London Calling”
    The Libertines – “The Libertines”
    REM – “Murmur”
    Patti Smith – “Horses”

  6. Jimi Hendrix – “Are You Experienced”

    Ryan Bingham – “Mescalito”

    Kings of Leon – “Youth & Young Manhood”

    Pink Floyd – “Dark Side Of The Moon”

    Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are A-Changin'”

  7. its never a bad time to make fun of kid rock.

    just so you know so it’s set in stone, kid rock don’t come from where i come from, yeah its true he’s a yank, he ain’t no son of hank

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