Oh Kanye. Apparently you have a need for people to see you.
If its not the almost gravitational pull to a stage the moment you see Taylor Swift, the almost amazing lack of vocal punch when singing even with Auto Tune help, or your incessant Twittering where you should put down your iPhone and focus in on your vocal coach...Your need of controversy for yourself has officially consumed you.
I wish it was just a little more creative. Especially with your album cover.
Mr. West has decided to "Shock The World" with something new: A controversial Album cover for his new CD.
This is the Album Cover for his inspirationally named album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Apparently this is one of his Twisted Fantasies: Having sex with a Caucasian Woman with a polka dot animal tail in some desperate need of a dentist, while drinking what seems to be Mountain Dew Throwback.
For those who wish to put any sort of meaning on this piece of artwork on the negative side: this art distorts the idea of an Interracial Couple. (Black man looking distorted and insane drinking Mountain Dew Throwback. White woman looking distorted and insane with an animal like tail in the midst of freaking each other).
Sure. I can see interracial couples looking at this and thinking What the hell?! Great just another artist thinking that our love is some sort of "Niche Sexual Twisted Fantasy" As a black woman who does comedy in an interracial marriage with another comedian...We are both wondering where he can go to find him a leopard animal tail, while I find a hammer to bust up his teeth .
I just like to focus on "The Controversy" of this album cover in terms of The History of Album Covers.
Kanye. This is old and played.
Art is subjective. I could go into an art lecture saying that this piece is a bit of the old school "Art Grotesque" style that was very common in Germany before War World II? It has touches of distortion not on the same level as Picasso?
This is what it is. With age comes a million comparisons to what others have done.
And, here they are:
Nirvana's Never Mind
Oh the incredible controversy seeing an adorable baby in water about to be pulled in by a fishhook with money on it. It was the rage of controversy. To the point that this album cover has been parodied. Starting with an adorable Weird Al in water about to be pulled in by a fishhook with a doughnut on it.
You can even see his adorable little wee wee.
Aww. Baby being pulled in by the corporate establishment to live his remaining life grabbing for the mighty dollar.
Or maybe the baby was drowning and all they had on them was a fishhook and a dollar and the kid likes the color green.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Socks On Their Junk Years.
You could not get Flea and these cats to *Not show us* how they could keep socks around their junk. How much pubic hair could the Red hot Chili Peppers show us during the 90's?
How many different versions of "Socks on Cocks" could we get (Look! Socks on Cock Abbey Road Parody! Oh look! Socks on Cocks Live! Oh look, we got fans who should be wearing one big body sock around their entire body parodying us!)
No one else did this first. So there is that.
There is something to be said about a band getting older as now they (and us) no longer wish to see them anymore with socks on their junk.
The Beatles: Yesterday and Today
The look on George Harrison's face is priceless! McCartney all Hey! Oh! Look! I just slaughtered a baby!
Ringo looks like he does not even know where he is.
When people pontificate on the comparisons on who was more edgy...them or The Rolling Stones...I always refer to this album cover that was yanked for the more passive "Beatles in a Trunk" (you know, because The Beatles are from England and they have just been unpacked to sing for us here in America.
Not the more edgy We are The Beatles. We will butcher your children!
Parliament: Up The Down Stroke
When it comes to sexy severe album covers, Parliament were the Kings. What in world is that brother wearing in the middle? What is that? Did he steal a ladies chastity belt from a Ren Fair. What is up with the cape?
To sound even more like a Tuesday Night Stand Open Mic at Zanies: What is the deal with the woman on her knees?
Kanye, you will never top Parliament. Ever. You cannot top half of the overtly sexed up front covers of half of the funk groups of the 70's
Groups who not only had some freaky album covers, but could back it up with being able to sing and play an instrument.
Mr. West. If you wish to be controversial I would suggest you do the research first before you decide on an album cover. Your plight of dark, twisted controversial album covers ( to be replaced with an alternative cover) is well documented in the world of the music industry:
Spinal Tap: Smell The Glove **
If I was Kanye West I would yank the cover and do a Spinal Tap.
In the very informative "Rockumentary" The boys of Spinal Tap created a cover for their comeback Album Smell The Glove.
They had a greased up woman on all fours on a dog collar leash with a black glove being pushed in her face it to sniff it (The original album cover surfaced in 1984 Billboard's Heavy Metal Issue).
K-Mart would not carry the album because the album cover was sexist. Well, sexy if you confuse the meaning of sexy and sexist, like the members of Spinal Tap did.
On the release of Smell The Glove The promoters presented the band with this alternative cover. When told that The White Album had nothing on it and made millions, to David St. Hubbins concerns of the cover being depressing, lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel tried to make the best out of it and responded "It's like, 'how much more black could this be?' and the answer is 'None. None more black.'"
It wasn't a huge success in the states as they eventually abandoned the music on Smell The Glove for their Jazz Odyssey (along with their original manager and the temporary quitting due to management issues between Hubbins and Tufnel, sparked from a mishap at an air navel base) and was being billed behind puppet shows.
But apparently, Smell The Glove was a huge hit in Japan. Which goes to show it does not matter what is on the front cover, but what is inside of the album.
The simpleness of "Smell The Glove's Black Album" Turned out more controversial than the original album cover.
Kanye. Go with this album cover. Wallmart will love it. I also think it really gives meaning to your Wonderful Dark Twisted Fantasy than any piece of artwork could. I mean, Smell The Glove's front cover is Dark. Really Dark.
Sometimes, Kanye? Simple is the way to go. How much simple can your front cover be. Well? None. None more Simple.
** For those not in the know Spinal Tap is a parody band by and is a movie by the incredibly talented Christopher Guest about musicians with dubious talent. I love that a parody movie has the same thing that is currently going on with Kanye West. The difference: A parody band of four guys can actually sing and play instruments. Unlike, Mr. West.
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