Album Covers #17: German Singles

Truthfully, my knowledge of Germanic music is limited to Kraftwerk, Falco, "99 Luft Balloons", and David Hasselhoff.  But I can vouch for their killer 45 sleeves.  The music maybe not so much... but the sleeves are effing incredible (incredibly awful or incredibly awesome depending on your tastes).

Take a listen to a 1970s German single "Dschinghis Khan" (shown above) to set the mood while you peruse this small gallery of German singles cover art.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Was it really necessary for Chris Roberts to spread like he's getting a gynecological exam for this record sleeve? What genius decided to choose the shot of Chris' taint (or "grundle" if you prefer) as the one to sell this single? Perhaps, if his jeans weren't like a layer of denim skin, it wouldn't be quite so off-putting.

Here's Chris again.  This time, instead of showing us his genitals, he's showing us his manly chest hair that sways in the breeze like the amber waves of grain he sits beside.

translation: How? Where? You, you what?

It's like the German Love Boat. Isaac would be sooooo out of place.

Google Translate: We have done it many times. Her sweater was too small.

Someone should tell Mr. Holiday that it's not polite to point.

I don't know who Manuela is, but she sure knew how to rock a mini skirt.  In fact, she may be a world record holder.... there's a ton of miniskirted Manuela covers, perhaps more than artist I've seen.  Cheers to Manuela, the German with the Latino name.


  1. Hi, I'm Chris Roberts, allow me to introduce you to my crotch.

  2. Manuela + miniskirt = lots of wood!

  3. Dschinghis Khan was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979. It is a contender for the title of cheesiest Eurovision act of all time, and believe me, there is a lot to choose from.

  4. The pod chair in the woods look to be beamed down from a spaceship. What an odd idea for a photoshoot.

  5. AnonymousJuly 28, 2011

    I lost my virginity while listening to Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus." Highly recommended! :)

  6. AnonymousJuly 28, 2011

    Do any of these fall under the category of "unforgivable album (single) covers"?

  7. AnonymousJuly 28, 2011

    The guy on the far right on the Loreley album with the jacket over his shoulder looks like the guy in the bottom middle of the Dschinghis Khan album. Only on the Loreley album he's smiling ..must have been happier times.

  8. Manuela was quite popular in the Seventies.
    She also rocked a knee-length pantsuit performing at the Hitparade, where all the top charters showed off their stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIW_iRTkHYU

    You're welcome. :-)

  9. I've always admired German high-Kultur. Beethoven, Goethe, Nietzsche, Wagner, the Mercedes 350SL. But German Pop-Culture always seems to be about as silly as a country's Pop-Culture can get.