Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking


I don't know if there's ever been an album cover as ironic as this one. I would think that if naked adult siamese twins with their heads on fire isn't shocking, then indeed nothing is. I like the realism despite the subject matter (it goes along with the realistic surrealism thing I'd mentioned before). I believe this is one of the truly outstanding albums of all time; one that changed the face of music. It's only appropriate that it should have such a great cover.

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Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual


I think the original album cover for Ritual De Lo Habitual is actually pretty silly looking. That's why it's so shocking that it was banned. I just can't imagine that anyone found the paper mache figures to be lewd. The good news is that Jane's Addiction responded with a more powerful cover to replace it by simply displaying the First Amendment. I'm never happy to see censorship, but at least something good came from it here.

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