Album Covers #25

This is the scariest, creepiest, most disturbing album cover ever made.  Why?  Take a look behind the foliage in the upper left.  What demon haunted mind lurks within that darkened cell? (shudder)  The Corner Grocery Store is a place where evil dwells.  Stay away.

As for the child wedged below Raffi, I don't know what he's doing, but I believe it's a cry for help of some kind.

Did I say that last one was the scariest cover ever made? I meant this one.

Quick Fact: When you die, if this is what you see, you're most likely in hell.

1. The name of the band is Down Child.  This makes me think of a Down Syndrome Child.  Bad name for a band.

2. This guy look exactly like Julian Barratt.  Five people will get what I'm saying. Sorry for the obscure reference, but it had to be said.

What if Shel Silverstein raided Rhoda Morgenstern's closet? Wonder no longer.

Jethro, a longtime sufferer of Irritable Bowel Syndrom, was captured here at the beginning of an "episode".

This is the guy that wrote "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)". Looking at this cover, he would've been a good Doctor Who; although the Brian Jones hair doesn't really work with the Sally Jessy Raphael glasses.  He looks like a young Bruce Vilanch.

The Nylons; they're like an older mustier version of Color Me Badd.

Okay, I'm all a flutter about the big Pepsi festival going on here.  I think the song translates to "I prefer Pepsi"... but to be perfectly frank, I can't really focus right now..... the white substance on that guy's face (bottom right) is really making me uncomfortable.

Okay, it's just some unfortunately placed scratches, but still.....

The danger with hair metal album covers was that the guys were so damn androgynous, you never knew whether to be turned on or repulsed. It was confusing.

Your Friend: "Check out the new White Panther album!"
You: Oh, hell yeah.  Those chicks are super hot! I'd like to bang every one of them!
Your Friend: "......... uh, dude.... White Panther are all guys.  You're gay."

Remember that annoying kid in school who would align his watch to reflect the sun's rays and then aim it at you? You'd look up from your desk, see a brilliant flash of light, and become temporarily blinded.  Good times.

Why's the guy in front the only one not smiling? It's like he doesn't want to be associated with the rest of the band.  I sense internal friction.

A little advice before I go:

1. Unless you are Mr. Furley, Paul Lynde, Fred from Scooby-Doo or Charles Nelson Riley, you should under no circumstances wear an ascot.
2. If you are lone female who happens upon a deserted train station occupied only by the band Octavian, it is probably in your best interest to run.  Run as fast and hard as you can and don't you dare look back.


  1. I'm one of the 5 who know who Julian Barrett is.

    Demis Rousoss was HUGE in Europe, in more ways than just girth. This guy went from being all prog rock in a band called Aphrodite's Child (along with a pre-Chariots of Fire Vangelis) to being a Europop crooner. He was fond of wearing kaftans which I couldn't figure out if that was a cultural thing or a latent cross-dressing experiment.

    The Nylons I do remember from the mid-80s. I believe they were an accapella group; very popular with the arty crowd.

    Jeez...when you see that face in the grocery shop, you cannot un-see it!

    1. Absolutely love "Ever and Ever"....

  2. Johnathan Hart on "Hart to Hart" used to wear an ascot. While watching, I'll occasionally ask my wife if I should wear one. I get a very firm "NO!" followed by a backhand.

  3. The Nylons sure look happy together. Too happy.

  4. Another thing that is gone - the corner store. I live right beside where one use to be.

  5. Brian Jones looks like Roddy McDowall. For a minute I thought that it WAS and that he made an album in the 60s bouncing off the "Lord love a duck" movie.

    1. Lord Love a Duck was insane. The infamous Kashmir sweater scene is beyond disturbing.

      And, yes, he looks exactly like Roddy.

    2. I'm seein' Rick Moranis - circa Ghostbusters

  6. I think the girl on the Homer and Jethro must be thinking, "However much my agent got me for posing with these two hayseeds, it ain't enough." And yes, Moon Martin HAS to be Roddy McDowall.

  7. An album of Roddy singing "Hey, hey, HEY!" over and over again.

  8. Needs more screamy face to TRULY channel Julian Barret. Though I have a feeling that's what Howard Moon looks like in his own mind.

  9. LMAO at the Homer and Jethro comment. There is nothing BUT creepiness in that Raffi cover. Mighty Boosh and Doctor Who references in a single post? You ROCK my friend!

  10. Raffi had some great "keep the kids occupied in the car" music before the advent of gameboy et al.

  11. To be fair, Homer and Jethro were a comedy act, but if those faces are their idea of comedy, I'm glad I was spared....

  12. Raffi, Downchild, the Nylons... you're not picking on Canadians are you?.

    No, I suppose not - otherwise you'd have included Fludd's Great Expectations.

  13. Hey! I made a comment about ascots, where'd it go?

  14. We all know Julian would be in a JAZZ band, not a blues band. ;) But yeah, you're right, though the eyes may be a little too big...

    "He looks like a young Bruce Vilanch." What did Moon ever do to you?! *barf* Haha. I have that album too.

  15. That face in the background on the Raffi cover? Looks like the 'restored' Ecce Homo fresco.

  16. I'd append your ascot list to include Peter Cushing. There's a man who could rock the odd collars and schmancy neckwear.