Rock music is not only about electric guitars and powerful riffs. There is also a great deal of work involving designers and visual artists that convey the symbolism of the band in wonderful covers. We love good cover art, so we are going to make a top 4 of our most beloved rock covers from the last 50 years.
4. American Idiot – Green Day (2004)
The album contains songs that directly show American stupidity and ways of being. The album cover is not that different. It shows a hand grenade with the shape of a human heart, as a mimic to Communist propaganda. It is a way of showing the spirit of the band and the disc in the nation’s post 9/11 conflicts.
3. Never Mind – Nirvana (1991)
Never Mind is one of the most recognizable covers of rock history. It shows a naked baby underwater intending to catch a dollar bill that is hanged from a string. The rock cover is a sad representation of society’s values nowadays, when money seems to be most important than anything.
2. Fear of a Black Planet – Public Enemy (1990)
In the 90’s, Public Enemy launched an album with a great sci-fy Afrofuturism reference: a black planet eclipsing the Earth showing the importance of black community around the world. B. E. Johnson from the NASA was the illustrator chosen for the cover.
1. She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper (1983)
In 1983 the singer showed that “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, and the album cover is another evidence as well as the lyrics from the famous song. Photographer Annie Leibovitz used a derelicted wax museum in Coney Island for the picture where Cyndi is seen in a second-hand dress, using clashing jewelry and in a weird looking dancing pose.