Spinal Tap didn't want to put out an album with an all-black cover for Smell the Glove: They wanted "a greased naked woman on all fours with a dog collar around her neck and a leash and a man's arm extended out up to here holding on to the leash and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it." (Incidentally, that cover did eventually come out as the sleeve for Spinal Tap's 1992 single "Bitch School.") Changing it to a black cover was the decision of the label and eventually they embraced its "none more black look."
Since then, Metallica, Jay Z and Prince have all opted to put out black albums. But Metallica, whose "Black Album" still sells between 2,000 and 3,000 copies a week according to Billboard, was the only artist to be taken to task for releasing a black album by Spinal Tap. "We've got a bone to pick with these [guys]," Tap's David St. Hubbins once said when cornering James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett at a show. "You know, it's called the 'Black Album.' Now where did the idea come from to do an all black album, Metallica representatives?" Hammett just coughs awkwardly and later said, "It was an homage."