July 01, 2008

The 20 Most Unpatriotic Album Covers of All Time

With the 4th looming ahead, what better time to dig through the Net for some cheerful bastardizations of American iconography? OK, not all of it is particularly cheerful - some of it is downright disturbing. Got better? Leave a comment below.
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20. OK, taking a swipe at George W (the face that launched a thousand dart boards) is a cheap and easy way to make it into our illustrious Top 20...but his jerkheadness had to figure in here somewhere. So punk rockers NOFX are on the list for the cover of "The War on Errorism," which depicts the president as a cartoony clown. The back of the inlet reads: "Somewhere in Texas there is a village without its idiot." Ya sure know how to elect 'em, America.
20. OK, taking a swipe at George W (the face that launched a thousand dart boards) is a cheap and easy way to make it into our illustrious Top 20...but his jerkheadness had to figure in here somewhere. So punk rockers NOFX are on the list for the cover of "The War on Errorism," which depicts the president as a cartoony clown. The back of the inlet reads: "Somewhere in Texas there is a village without its idiot." Ya sure know how to elect 'em, America.
19. Neil Young's "American Stars 'n Bars" cover features an intoxicated Young, apparently bested by the bottle of Canadian whiskey in the pretty lady's hand. Yes, CANADIAN whiskey. Wikipedia told us so. Fail, Young.
19. Neil Young's "American Stars 'n Bars" cover features an intoxicated Young, apparently bested by the bottle of Canadian whiskey in the pretty lady's hand. Yes, CANADIAN whiskey. Wikipedia told us so. Fail, Young.
18. Guns n' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" features your classic all-American blondie waitress post-violation by a robot rapist. The cover, based on a Robert Williams painting, disturbed music retailers so much that the band had to come up with a new, much less jarring cover.
18. Guns n' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" features your classic all-American blondie waitress post-violation by a robot rapist. The cover, based on a Robert Williams painting, disturbed music retailers so much that the band had to come up with a new, much less jarring cover.
17. Simple and classic: Boston edgers storm the capitol in hardcore punk band SSD's "The Kids will Have their say."
17. Simple and classic: Boston edgers storm the capitol in hardcore punk band SSD's "The Kids will Have their say."
16. Sly & the Family Stone meant well with the cover of "There's a Riot Going On." Sly says suns are used instead of stars because "stars to me imply searching ...like you search for your star...Betsy Ross did the best she could with what she had. I thought I could do better." Suns are pretty, Sly, but they ain't traditional. And patriotism is all about tradition. Betsy Ross or bust, buddy.
16. Sly & the Family Stone meant well with the cover of "There's a Riot Going On." Sly says suns are used instead of stars because "stars to me imply searching ...like you search for your star...Betsy Ross did the best she could with what she had. I thought I could do better." Suns are pretty, Sly, but they ain't traditional. And patriotism is all about tradition. Betsy Ross or bust, buddy.
15. We're apparently born for war if N.E.R.D.'s "Fly or Die" cover sings true. On it, the American egg hatches Pharrell Williams in fatigues.
15. We're apparently born for war if N.E.R.D.'s "Fly or Die" cover sings true. On it, the American egg hatches Pharrell Williams in fatigues.
14. Sam Turton's "Patriot" is a toss-up. One one hand, smeared blood and a bloody peace sign aren't exactly the most glistening patriotic images (unless you're somehow spilling said blood for the motherland). On the other, Turton believes that "when citizens of a democracy believe that their present government is detrimental to their life and country, it is patriotic to affect change by dissent and democratic process." Dissent: Patriotic or un? You decide.
14. Sam Turton's "Patriot" is a toss-up. One one hand, smeared blood and a bloody peace sign aren't exactly the most glistening patriotic images (unless you're somehow spilling said blood for the motherland). On the other, Turton believes that "when citizens of a democracy believe that their present government is detrimental to their life and country, it is patriotic to affect change by dissent and democratic process." Dissent: Patriotic or un? You decide.
13. Anti-Flag's "A New Kind of Army" lovingly bastardizes Joe Rosenthal's historic photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" with mohawked men instead of soldiers raising an upside-down flag.
13. Anti-Flag's "A New Kind of Army" lovingly bastardizes Joe Rosenthal's historic photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" with mohawked men instead of soldiers raising an upside-down flag.
12. Another "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" bastardization, but Canned Heat ups the game by slapping it on the moon for their "Future Blues" album.
12. Another "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" bastardization, but Canned Heat ups the game by slapping it on the moon for their "Future Blues" album.
11. Speaking of space...here's another rebellious cover. Feederz' "Teachers in Space" twistedly depicts the Challenger explosion - which killed the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, in 1986. Teachers in Space was a Reagan-approved NASA program that closed shop after the incident though the then-President assured the nation otherwise.
11. Speaking of space...here's another rebellious cover. Feederz' "Teachers in Space" twistedly depicts the Challenger explosion - which killed the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, in 1986. Teachers in Space was a Reagan-approved NASA program that closed shop after the incident though the then-President assured the nation otherwise.