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5 Worst Album Covers of 2009
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By: Lukas Clark-Memler
January 4th, 2010

1) Steel Panther – Feel the Steel

I get that they're being ironic - a satire of the horribly misguided 80's glam-rock movement. But seriously, there is no excuse for an album cover this tacky and tawdry. Steel Panther has produced an album cover that simultaneously makes you feel nauseous and angry, and that’s no easy feat.




2) U2 – No Line on The Horizon

Just because you are a badass who perpetually wears sunglasses and has a one-word name doesn’t give you the right to put an incredibly boring photo on the cover of your album. An art piece called 'Boden Sea' by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, this photo would be right at home in an alternative art gallery in Brooklyn, but on U2’s album cover it is about as dull as the music inside …




3) Pissed Jeans – King of Jeans

Wow a picture of an elbow, how deep. Is it supposed to be a metaphor for something? Am I supposed to understand the relevance of a Caucasian elbow on a black background? Is it supposed to be provocative? The only emotion it provokes in me is one of confusion.




4) Mike Bones – A Fool For Everyone

Either Mike Bones is extremely confident about his body, or he has a strange albeit perverse sense of humor. But either way, commissioning a half-naked photo for your debut album cover is not the wisest choice. This image is vaguely sexual and completely disturbing. Is he trying to look seductive? Or is he sick? Mike, Mike, Mike… What were you thinking?




5) Passion Pit – Manners

This gets on the list for sheer lack of imagination. Here is an excerpt of the conversation that took place between band members when it came to deciding on album art.

Nate: “Hey man, what should we put on the cover?”

Jeff: “I don’t know. Maybe like a shark or a bear or something?”

Ayad: “Nah, let’s put a black and white picture of ourselves looking angsty and tormented.”

Ian: “Why don’t we just put a naked chick on it?”

Michael: “I’ve got the perfect idea. Let’s get a green background and then write our band name and album title in the most basic font we can find. That would be awesome!”

Unfortunately for us, the band chose the latter, and created an extremely unoriginal album cover, that in no way represents the music inside.

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