Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasies: Raunchy Album Covers That Didn't Make It
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This may or may not be a bit of calculated outrageousness meant to garner attention and piss off Walmart, but it's far from the first time a bizarre or offensive album cover has landed an artist in hot water. Let's take a look at a few such trespasses from history, courtesy of this helpful, citation-needing Wikipedia page.
The Beatles - Yesterday and Today (1966)
Apparently the whole bloody spare baby parts thing didn't play well. Clean-shaven-Brits-in-a-trunk? Safer.
Michael Jackson - Ben (1972)
Theme song from a movie of the same name. IMDB synopsis: "A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people." The approved cover is just young Jackson's face. The cover they ditched also has Jackson's face, but with more murderous rats.