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Friday, July 15, 2005

Can't even look at it

Following on the heels of the wildly successful(?) "Overrated Songs" community article, Robert picked a (somewhat) less controversial topic for his next list. This one's entitled "Worst Popular Music Album Covers," and below is the text of my submission.

Artist Name: Prince
Album Name: Prince (1979)

"Prince" was Prince Rogers Nelson's second solo album and a single from it ("I Wanna Be Your Lover") went on to become his first #1 R&B hit. The quality of the music notwithstanding, this album cover is clearly the creepiest, non-sexy photo of Prince I have ever seen. The long, flowing hair. The pervy mustache. I understand that it was 1979 and that overt sexuality in music was in full bloom. But really, would anyone ever be turned on by this? Maybe he was trying to be dramatic. Maybe he was trying to tell us that he is fully exposed as an artist, with no pretense. It's hard to say for sure. But one thing is true - it definitely belongs on this list.

I can't even post the album cover here. The very thought of having to look at it until it rolls off the bottom of the page is just too awful. You'll have to read the whole article at BlogCritics or FIQL.


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