10 banned album covers



Racy zippers, smoking cherubs, and – heaven forefend – vulgar lavatories are just a few of the bizarre reasons behind the banning of these album covers. By Rachel Thompson

The Mamas & the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966)

This album cover caused an uproar in 1966 due to the supposed indecent inclusion of a lavatory, which contravened the mores of the time. A second cover was later released with a list of hit songs to obscure the lavatory, but sadly no remedy was sought for the album’s obscene abuse of the apostrophe


American Republicans didn’t take too kindly to this cover as they believed the photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, showed Springsteen urinating on the American flag. Others were more fixated on the firmness of Springsteen’s buttocks



Designed by Andy Warhol, this sleeve caused outrage because of its racy zipper. Censors banned the cover in Spain during Franco’s repressive regime as the cover was believed to be ‘offensive for the Catholic church’

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