Dead or Alive?

The music album or single cover art reportedly died after the 70’s as a result of declining sales in part due to file sharing apps like Napster. These album or single covers are placed side by side with similarities or contrasts in subject matter with at least 25 years between their release illustrating the death of this art form has been greatly over exaggerated.

Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bullocks  1977

Cee Lo Green “F**k You!” 2010

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon  1973

Pet Shop Boys Yes  2009

Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food 1978

Tegan and Sara Closer  2013

Peter Frampton Something’s Happening  1976

Redinho  2014

Roxy Music Country Music 1974

Bloodhound Gang Hefty Fine 2005

David Bowie Aladdin Sane 1973

FKA Twigs LP1  2014

XTC Go 2  1978

Queens of the Stone Age Rated R  2000

Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy  1973

Nirvana Nevermind  1999


The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's was ground breaking and spawned many parodies.

London Calling makes the Elvis Presley cover even cooler.

The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention We’re only in it for the Money, Interior gate fold image   1968

Elvis Presley  1956

The Clash London Calling  1979

Genuine Originals

Velvet Underground and Rolling Stones cover art by Andy Warhol.
Vinyl banana peels off to reveal pink fruit.  Real zipper used on album cover.

The single most iconic image of the punk era.

The Velvet Underground and Nico  1967

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers  1971

Sex Pistols God Save the Queen  1977


Die cut cover reveals portraits of the band members.


Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation 1977

Madness One Step Beyond 1979

The Rolling Stones Some Girls  1978

Madonna Rebel Heart  2015