As Nasty as They Wanna Be: The 20 Dirtiest Album Covers of All Time

Racy images that pushed the boundaries of art — and taste

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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, 'Brain Salad Surgery' (1973)
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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, 'Brain Salad Surgery' (1973)

The title, slang for a blowjob, came from a Dr. John single. The art, by H.R. Giger (most famous for designing the alien in Alien) originally had a more obvious shaft heading towards the mouth. Even obscured by the record company, the image of freaky skull-based fellatio remained.

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