Monday, February 23, 2009

Dokken-Under lock and key


In 1984 Dokken's "Tooth and Nail" hit and achieved a fair amount of success. So the band were back in the studio and quickly knocked out a follow-up to try and catch in on their new found success. For this their third release they decided to stick themselves on the cover. The first thing that strikes me about this cover are the outfits. They just don't look ridiculous even by 1985 standards. Someone seemed to think it was very important for each member to have their own designated color like they are pieces in some tacky, hair metal board game. Next we have a large, vertical key shape smack dab in the middle of the cover. Then if you look closely you see that the key shape is actually shaped like the Dokken logo. Yet the Dokken logo is already in the upper left hand side in bright yellow for all to see. So did it need to be there again? I guess it was the idea of someone who really thought the band just needed a push no matter how silly it looked. Or perhaps it's there just to seperate George and Don so they would not strangle each other. The band are also standing in what appears to be urine colored smoke. After all this attention to the above images at the last minute someone probably slapped their head and said "doh, we forgot about the album title!". So it was quickly smacked in at the bottom in bold, but generic letters in bright red. The overall effect is one of pure cheese. I also get the impression that whoever did the cover was trying to sell the band as much as they were trying to sell the album and that approach doesn't sit well with me. However, once you get past the cover it's a decent album musically.

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