A great album is only as good as its cover.
OK, that's not exactly true but if you've ever been in a record store (or, in most cases nowadays, scrolling through Spotify), certain covers just jump out at you. For instance, Boston's self-titled debut album, Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast, The Beatles' Abbey Road, Michael Jackson's Thriller, to name a few.
In fact, album covers have been so ingrained into our culture that people have begun making fake ones that might actually be even better than the real ones. The subreddit FakeAlbumCovers is full to the brim with these and it is honestly amazing.
Here are some of our favorites, with imaginary mini bios to add to the fun.
The 1997 masterpiece album from Prog-Metal giants Infinity Mirror redefined the genre with hits such as "Far-Away Laser," "Neverending Eclipse," and the 24-minute odyssey "Brooklyn Bridge."
The underlooked gem by indie trendsetters The Times was critically lauded but unfortunately, the Koyaanisqatsi inspired cover couldn't draw in an audience.
It's a shame that audiences missed out on tracks like "Looking down" and "The Smiths Stole Our Style."
The seminal album by Doom Metal greats Doom Skull was the first album in the genre to actually appear on the modern rock charts. The vocal gymnastics of lead vocalist Skullhead combined with the synthy vibe of the album made it an unparalleled commercial success for them.
Although singles like "Sand in my Teeth" and "Sawtooth Sanctuary pt. III" didn't get much radio play, they're still fan-favourites on tour.
Fresh off his loss of the RNC nomination, Jeb Bush dropped this absolutely fire album proving that, while he may not have a career as the President of the United States, his rap career stays strong.
The album is described as a confessional, with introspective lyrics and serious themes layered heavily throughout. All we know is that the chorus for "Please Clap" has been stuck in my head for months.
Channeling Lynchian soundscapes and Phillip Glass-like melodies, this ambient shoegaze band found mainstream success with Dore Lake. Described by critics as "horrifically beautiful" this blend of horror ambiance and strong melodies is a powerful introduction to the band.
While not releasing traditional singles, songs like "Nightfog" and "Desert Ice" were featured in trailers for some big summer blockbusters.
Ground Zero, the Radiohead rip-off band, found brief success with the release of Bloodshed in 2000 when Radiohead released the divisive Kid A. People clamored for a sound more akin to OK Computer and Bloodshed filled that need for a short period of time. Songs like "All in the Family," "Delaware," and "Tune Me" found mild success before disappearing completely.
We're not gonna lie, this album got us into Hip Hop. We know what you're thinking: The Concussions aren't Hip Hop, but they were considered it when they appeared on the scene in 1995. We know it's not their most popular album but after a 20-plus-year career, it's hard not to see the solid foundation they made for themselves with singles like "Hit the Streets" and "Punch-Out."
Folk Punk band The OnceProuds made a career out of capitalizing on the stereotype of awkward nerdy teenagers, but they decided to change it up with this concept album that takes place entirely in the fantasy of a daydreaming chess team captain.
Their cover of "Waltzing Matilda" remains a favorite version of the song and other singles like "Snowing Ash" and "The Drunkard's Sailing Tune" are go to feel-good songs.
Modern rock juggernauts Tower had one of the greatest album covers of all time with their self-titled third album. The music on the album muses about the eventually devastating effects of capitalism and how progress will only drag us down, with the cover serving as a cherry on top of the heavy-handed metaphor.
Some of the more popular singles from the album include "Crowded Elevator" and "Singapore Dreams."
Art Rock band Hardly Window View released their hotly anticipated album All That You Give to mixed critical reviews. Some said that the album leaned too heavily on lead singer Plissin Garbo's poetic lyrics instead of the instrumental acrobatics that dominated previous albums. Other critics disagreed and said that the shift in tone benefited the band's unique sound.
"Hat Hair," "Lick Shtick," and "Out of Gas" were some of the standout tracks on this middling album.
Apparently, lots of great album covers feature abandoned buildings. Help Me's debut album is clearly no exception. Though they hardly reached the level of success found by their contemporaries like Lorde and Lana Del Rey, Help Me gained a decent following after releasing singles like "Lost in Translation" and "Yellow Lines."
Although the Noise Metal genre is incredibly hard to digest, this album is VERY hard to miss in a record store. The abrasive color scheme has to be one of the most eye catching visuals ever put on shelves. Although the music never amounts to much more than static, "The Good Old Dayze" and "Risen" are mainstays in their live shows. Personally, we think their cover of "House of the Rising Sun" is something to behold.
How could we get to #13 and not make it an album by Whence?! This creepy gothic rock band's final album with their original line-up is a mainstay at record stores around the world with hits like "Witches Calling," "Wanewolf," and "Dark Side of Me" reappearing in the charts almost every October since its release.
Local Heroes is one of those unique bands that can get away with having a ukelele, a seven-string guitar, and a synthesizer in the band. Known for their explosive live shows, Local Heroes decided to record an album of all new material live on the beach in Honolulu to a crowd of only 200 people. The album was a success and helped established them as a force to be reckoned with in the Alt Rock world.
Standout tracks include "Dance with the Seaweed," "Screaming Voodoo," and "Limp Stiff (Crowd Version)."
Don't let the picturesque landscape fool you. Dead Weights is one of the absolute heaviest bands in the business today. Drown cemented them as a force to be reckoned with in the metal world and began their five-year winning streak for the Metal as ** award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
Tracks "Brick Shoes" and "Black Siren" were both on the Grammy shortlist for Best Metal Performance.
For most artists, the self-titled album is the debut, in which they are still feeling out the sound and hoping to break into the industry. But for a few greats like Avenged Sevenfold and Tower, their self-titled album is the point at which they feel like they've come together as a band.
Unfortunately, Legacy System's self-titled project was their final album, but it was very aptly named. Containing references to their earlier music while pushing their trippy EDM influenced sound to its absolute limit, the album encompassed everything that Legacy Systems was about.
Although nearly every track on the album was nearly perfect, the evocative "System Shutdown" and the energetic "Boot Sequence" stand above the rest.
If you like minimalism, you'll love Dojo. Her definitive first album, Painting With the Clouds, is the definitive musical equivalent of the entire movement. Recorded in a single day with just Dojo and her ukelele in her home studio, the album made waves around the world. Singles like "Tearfall" and "Permanent Clouds" never fail to get aspiring singer-songwriters teary-eyed.
Like a funkier Modest Mouse, O Douglas, O Douglas burst onto the scene in 2014 with their debut album taste. The toe-tapping retro beats and slinky guitar solos made it difficult not to get a song from this album stuck in your head. "Pit Passion" and "Toasty" were played in clubs around the world and started a worldwide thirst for funkier disco music to make a comeback.
Inspired by a fan's insistence on her signing a mis-photocopied picture, Lorde released this iconic album to critical acclaim. Her unique style and production have never been more apparent on the hits "Joan of Arc" and "Chain Mail" that you no doubt have stuck in your head now.
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