A thread for artists whose discography consists almost entirely of albums with their faces on the cover

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Madonna, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Phil Collins etc.

images of most egregious offenders welcome

Οὖτις, Monday, 12 October 2015 21:15 (three years ago) Permalink

(prompted by that phil collins revive):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/birdnestsoup/phil_1.jpg

Οὖτις, Monday, 12 October 2015 21:16 (three years ago) Permalink

David Bowie

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 October 2015 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Dylan appears to have gotten too self-conscious for this (or just got bored of it) sometime around his Xtian period

Οὖτις, Monday, 12 October 2015 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

if you have a nice face then why not put it on your album covers, that's what I say

strictly dream-bait fit for moon-gazing (soref), Monday, 12 October 2015 21:19 (three years ago) Permalink

phil collins has not got a nice face. he is though basically the rembrandt of this shit

Haino Corrida (NickB), Monday, 12 October 2015 21:22 (three years ago) Permalink

I think Gary Numan has put himself on every album cover

frogbs, Monday, 12 October 2015 21:35 (three years ago) Permalink

The Madonna ones, to be fair, are a variety of headshots, head and shoulders, torsos and some that don't fit at all, in a variety of styles. Same with Bowie.

That first row of Phil Collins, on the other hand, is four really unimaginative headshots. Who else has a run like this?

Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Monday, 12 October 2015 22:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Most of Leonard Cohen's album covers do this, the only ones that don't are New Skin for the Old Ceremony, The Future and Dear Heather.

Heather Nova's done it for pretty much every album, but then again she has good reason to.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 12 October 2015 22:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Simon & Garfunkel

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 12 October 2015 22:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Suzanne Vega
The Divine Comedy (bar one or two)

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 12 October 2015 22:50 (three years ago) Permalink

sade iirc

Haino Corrida (NickB), Monday, 12 October 2015 22:59 (three years ago) Permalink

moz

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 12 October 2015 23:05 (three years ago) Permalink

simply red were the worst for that pictures-of-one-dude-on-the-cover-when-it's-meant-to-be-a-band thing. every sleeve basically.

piscesx, Monday, 12 October 2015 23:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Bjork

Tim F, Monday, 12 October 2015 23:32 (three years ago) Permalink

The boy band genre in general to thread, really?

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Monday, 12 October 2015 23:41 (three years ago) Permalink

John Coltrane seems to be on a lot of his lp sleeves. Just listening to Meditations now.

Van Morrison too. Wonder if news of cd releases is to be believed.

Stevolende, Monday, 12 October 2015 23:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Joan Jett

the cuddling of the american behind (how's life), Monday, 12 October 2015 23:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Doesn't this describe about 60 percent of solo artists in any given time period? And close to 100 percent before 1970? That said, I hope we can dig up some more like the Lindsey Buckingham and Phil Collins runs above - the ones that, in toto, say something deeply unflattering about the artist.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 04:59 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/WdhXg2H.jpg

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 05:43 (three years ago) Permalink

the Phil Collins albums could also be "artists whose discography consists entirely of albums with their handwriting on it"

Lee626, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 18:39 (three years ago) Permalink

man John Denver's face cover album game is deep

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 18:39 (three years ago) Permalink

album #6 Phil is so happy he finally has a body, has to dance

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.lyrics007.com/images/covers/11/61/48
If I ever go to my mum's house there is a lot of this shit on display

xelab, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:46 (three years ago) Permalink

all of these guys should have done one album cover mid career where they are surrounded by muppets a la Denver

strictly dream-bait fit for moon-gazing (soref), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:46 (three years ago) Permalink

so who has the longest unbroken run?

Haino Corrida (NickB), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:55 (three years ago) Permalink

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/birdnestsoup/stinge.jpg

i for one am shocked that sting could be so vain

Haino Corrida (NickB), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:56 (three years ago) Permalink

there is only one studio album of his without his face on it afaict (soul cages)

Haino Corrida (NickB), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:57 (three years ago) Permalink

it's interesting how important face covers seem to be to adult-contemporary acts. is it that they're all full of themselves or is it something about the way fans relate to them, the reasons why they seek out their music and want them in their lives? feel like someone like sting is grasped by at least some of his fans as being a sort of spirit guide or wise traveling companion/brother. but i may be reading things in from the guy i used to work for who once named a design firm after one of the albums above.

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:04 (three years ago) Permalink

I like how even the Ghost in the Machine cover technically contains an image of Sting's face

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess MOR adult-contemporary acts are likely to have their faces on the cover for practical reasons ie so their fans can identify/notice their albums in the store, and are less likely to be inclined to do something 'arty' with their album covers?

strictly dream-bait fit for moon-gazing (soref), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

established audience as well I guess, you already know them and what they do. I think this is maybe the most boring of all the album covers pictured so far, like just a passport photo style picture of Lionel Richie with literally nothing else going on, obv not trying to sell LR to anyone who isn't already a fan.

http://lionelrichie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20060911113430LIONEL-RICHIE-438x4381-e1370196272715.jpg

strictly dream-bait fit for moon-gazing (soref), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:30 (three years ago) Permalink

need confirmation that dr casino's friend's company was called zenyatta mondatta

Haino Corrida (NickB), Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:37 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/Xwdd15p.png

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 23 October 2015 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

oh man, almost a perfect streak

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Friday, 23 October 2015 20:41 (three years ago) Permalink

how do you get all the album covers all together like this?

Spottie, Friday, 23 October 2015 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't know how others have done it but I just spent the last 20 minutes working on a javascript that does that (taking all the album covers of an artist's discography from a well-known torrent site and displaying them in a collage)

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 23 October 2015 20:46 (three years ago) Permalink

oh ok. thx. too much work.

Spottie, Friday, 23 October 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

I guess one could just go to iTunes and do a screenshot
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/madonna/id20044

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 23 October 2015 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

a standard image search for artist+catalog returns plenty of these

Οὖτις, Friday, 23 October 2015 21:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Bryan Ferry?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 October 2015 21:17 (three years ago) Permalink

thanks xps

Spottie, Friday, 23 October 2015 21:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Bryan Ferry?

http://i.imgur.com/JiZziQA.png

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 23 October 2015 21:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, I thought this was the thread for album art that is either the artist, Kate Moss, or a horse. My bad.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 October 2015 21:32 (three years ago) Permalink

hahaha

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Friday, 23 October 2015 21:55 (three years ago) Permalink

tech help: how do you search for and post these album cover collages? i can't find them for most artists

Lee626, Friday, 23 October 2015 22:20 (three years ago) Permalink

thx, hadn't read today's posts yet

Lee626, Friday, 23 October 2015 23:34 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

and the weird looking one on 2nd row should be this:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LgHsw4m9L._SY300_.jpg

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Sunday, 15 November 2015 12:35 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://i.imgur.com/wy4AfkI.png
https://i.imgur.com/M7H5zQc.png

stretching the topic of the thread but i feel like it fits

Karl Malone, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tim Maia fits here: http://www.funkabolik.com/photo/TIMMAIAsame1973.jpg

eddhurt, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

if you have a nice face then why not put it on your album covers, that's what I say

― strictly dream-bait fit for moon-gazing (soref), Monday, October 12, 2015 4:19 PM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

http://wksu.org/news/images/21636/Jandek196Resized.JPG

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

pretty weak ratio on the diamond-denver scale

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh, go step in a puddle

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

just saying he's no neil diamond is all

pretty sure all the 'diamondheads' out there will back me up on this one

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol yeah. i was only kidding.

are there "diamondheads" in here? or just out there?

budo jeru, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

stands to reason ilm must have at least one "diamondhead." i mean we've been able to sustain multiple threads and conversations about late-period wings albums and we're just coming off the very lively billy joel listening thread... there must be someone here with opinions on diamond deep cuts. or "diamonds in the rough" as they're known.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

kurt vile

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 5 February 2018 05:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

woah when did he start posting here?

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 February 2018 12:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

jandek has an inexhaustible supply of old pictures of himself it seems

adam, Monday, 5 February 2018 13:26 (eight months ago) Permalink


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