Album Covers #19: Vinyl Super Studs

I used to wonder - "Who is the coolest person to have ever lived?"  After seeing the Johny Tolengo album cover, I wonder no longer. Question of the Ages: Solved.

However, this doesn't mean there aren't a plethora of studly hombres worthy of our attention.  The vintage vinyl universe is bursting at the seams with super studs.  For me, the pinnacle of album cover coolness is the classic Boz Scaggs album Silk Degrees. (Amazon link: Silk Degrees) The Boz sits coolly at the edge of a park bench - stoically at one with his inner awesomeness......  But what's this? The feminine hand of a young vixen beacons his company.  Will Boz give her a moment of his precious time? One can only speculate.

Not all album covers display this level of subtle coolness. In fact, more often than not, it's brazen machismo to an absurd degree.  So, let's all get down on one knee and pay homage to these old-school vinyl super studs. Enjoy!

What are Riki and his two maidens staring at so hypnotically? I can only assume they are gazing into the far reaches of cosmic infinity and subsequently humbled by their own insignificance amid an endless universe... that, or there's a mirror and they're checking out their awesome hair.

Nestor has both Wonder Woman and Supergirl vying for his manly attention - which can only imply that his lovin' is superhuman.  Batman, Flash and Superman can go fight crime; meanwhile, Nestor will be bedding down all the DC mamas.

Three high society broads enfolding themselves around his person gives him stud cred right off the bat.  The martini on the piano is the cherry on top - coolness personified.  His cocksure expression is almost insulting to us "normal folk".

I have so many questions about this one. What is Chabanet 69? What are people dressed like this doing at a pioneer themed location? One question I do not have is whether the man pictured on the album cover keeps his bitches in line. This, he most assuredly does. 

It would seem Mister Leroy Gomez is accursed with an almost debilitating level of coolness.  This magnitude of babe attraction would not be depicted in the annals of music history until the advent of shitty Photoshopped hip-hop CDs. 

A final note: Yes, I noticed these ended up being all non-US releases (minus one).  I can't help the fact that those European and Hispanic records were the most flamboyant with their machismo.  It is what it is.


  1. This was almost too much manliness for my monitor to contain!

  2. Johnny Tolengo que mas macho!

  3. The machismo is off the charts!!

  4. Forgot to add..."and the albums most likely did NOT make the charts!"

  5. I was always fond of Jimmy "Orion" Ellis and his be-rhinestoned masks. They made him look soooooooo mysterious. I think some people even thought he was Elvis, gone underground.


    Anyone else remember that guy...?

  6. The ad at the bottom of the page offers "Professional Stud Finders"!

  7. Johny Tolengo is actually a character created and performed by the comedian -not a singer- Juan Carlos Calabro.


    His daughter is an nice milf:http://www.mdzol.com/files/image/229/229876/4d0620422178d.jpg

    Riki Maravilla is a popular cumbia singer in Argentina.

    Las Primas was a group that sold many records at the time. "Sex sells" at its best.

    Nestor Briyo (Argentina too) never succeeded. It is unknown who made besides that horrible album.

    And this has nothing to do with anything, but I liked the girls:
    00:40 FTW.

  8. Santa Esmeralda enjoyed some new life with "Kill Bill Vol. 1". I had their album with "The House Of The Rising Sun," which was a popular disco hit. And I just admitted I went to discos. Ugh. LOL.

  9. Indeed, Johnny Tolengo was a spoof of a rock superstar (someplace between Elton John and Elvis) down here in Argentina. He even had his own movie (some clips available at Youtube, check'em out!) But I must say I'm proud to have three Argentinian album covers gracing Retrospace. We had lots of awful covers (and music) back then. Please check (under your own risk): http://www.discosbizarrosargentinos.blogspot.com.ar

  10. Jonhy Tolengo was a personage of argentine actor Juan Carlos Calabro. Is not real.