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October 25, 2016

Vinyl Look-Alikes: Funny Images Compare Music Album Covers That Look Very Similar From the 1960s

With hundreds of thousands of records released over the years, you’re bound to wind up with a lot of similar looking covers. Let's take a look at some of these funny examples:

Both have smoking hot female boxers (a good thing) and both use boxing puns (a very bad thing). “Greatest Hits” and “The Lady is a Champ”… get it?

Casey (of KC & the Sunshine Band) rides atop a giant champagne cork travelling across the sky. Joel Diamond, not to be outdone, rides with TWO lovely ladies atop a giant harmonica traveling across the sky.

Granted, sexing up a water hose for your album cover won’t get you listed with Sgt. Pepper as one of the greats; however, something tells me sexual hoses suits these albums perfectly.

Two chicks in egg chairs.

Usually, album covers take the time to remove any name brand tags from clothing…. not so with the free advertisement for H.I.S. jeans on the High Life record.

Karate chicks – always a sensible choice for an album cover. “Ping Pong” as a title, not so much. Also, take note that the Smash Hits compilation album has both “Amazing Grace” and “My Ding-a-Ling”.

Black women in chains…. a sensitive subject matter to say the least. The Ohio Players turn it into bizarre erotica; meanwhile, poor Rafael is about to get slapped upside his head.

The Ike & Tina album came out in 1968; the Junior Parker in ’71. Both existed during an explosion of racial unrest in the US. From the Junior Parker LP liner notes: “Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues.”

What is it with gals named Patti/Pattie who like to pose with chewed apples on their album covers?

Accordions and the women that love them.

Both are terrifying, but Holger seems like a cheaper bargain-basement version of Herbie. But what he lacks in confidence and swagger, he makes up for in the hair department.

Both of these gentlemen felt the need to go pantless for their album cover. To say that was a mistake would be an understatement. At least Hal Hidey has a throng of females to console him… poor Pado sits alone in his shame.

The Cosmic Cowboy and the Spyder couldn’t be more different, and yet they both possess the power of the universe.

These chicks have a passion for bongos that, quite honestly, makes me a bit uncomfortable.

Both Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington from Welcome Back, Kotter) and Elkie Brooks utilize the long squiggle from the title. While Boom Boom maintains an aura of introspective cool, Elkie goes apeshit, letting her left boob fall out. Her cover has come under derision for a long, long time. It’s no different than a lot of other crazy disco-era covers.

From Spain to Germany, album covers demonstrate the same universal truth…. the truth that men like girls without pants.

These men are being ravaged by hungry women. While that definitely puts them in the “stud” category, they’ve got nothing on those bongos.

Crab crawlers similar.

It’s recently come out about how much Dylan “borrowed” from other sources. Looks like he borrowed more than lyrics; the Dylan record is from 1975, the John Phillips record is from 1970.

In the 1960s, the fisheye effect was officially “in”. The Byrds record from ’65, the Hendrix record from ’67.

If you’ve seen the Echo & the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here (1981) cover, then the two covers above should look very familiar. Of course, the Bunnymen cover looks a lot like The Mind Garage’s self-titled record from 1969. It would be interesting to trace each of these cover clones back their original vinyl originator.

Don’t remember the band 4 out of 5 Doctors? They are the concert band in The House on Sorority Row (1983).

Wishbone Ash – There’s the Rub (1974) vs Accept – Balls to the Wall (1984)

(via Flashbak)



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