Friday, August 26, 2011

8/26 Cheesecake Album Cover of the Day - Scorpions: Lovedrive

Today's cheesecake album cover of the day is the Scorpions' Lovedrive. The cover pictured above is the original album cover from the German rock band, which, of course, had to be pulled in the US and replaced with the generic blue scorpion cover. The cover art was named best album art by Playboy Magazine in 1979.

Recalling the cover photo with the girl and the car, Thorgerson remarked: "Not exactly the most politically correct scene you've ever seen. I thought it was funny, but women read a different inflection into it now."
In a 2010 interview, singer Klaus Meine commented on the album cover, stating: "[W]e just did not know it would be a problem in America, it was just sex and rock 'n' roll. It is odd that in America that some of these covers were a problem because in the 80's when we would tour here we always had boobs flashed to us at the front of the stage. Nowhere else in the world, just here. We just did not think it would be a problem to put out a record like Lovedrive in America.

Speaking of banned Scorpions covers...their Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years....AND....Pure Instinct album covers were banned by Wal-Mart. That's right, the largest company in America which basically makes human rights and workers rights violations a staple of everyday life, based in the country that doesn't mind killing countless foreigners under the notion of security, can't handle having boobies on music.....not to mention from a country that has one of their major religions in the news every week because the priests keep molesting little boys. Anyway...the worst Scorpions cover art is shown at the bottom, which is the banned cover of the Virgin Killer album.

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