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Published on August 23rd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Because everyone loves awful album cover art, here’s another gallery of some of the worst

Back when vinyl ruled the earth, art directors had a 12 x 12-inch canvas to work with for each album. That real estate shrunk to about 6 x 6 with the CD (although you could expand things throughout the enclosed booklet). Today, though, artwork is almost extinct, thanks to digital files.

Ordinarily, this is where I’d say this a bad thing, a step backwards when it comes to our enjoyment of music and how things were better in the old days.

Not this time. There is plenty of album art that is so terrible, it should never, ever be seen again. Here are some very illustrative examples (via Bored Panda where you’ll find the full gallery). These are all very, very real. Someone was quite serious about these projects, too.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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