5. Metal Box [UK only] – November 1978. Six years later, PiL took Knight’s idea to its logical conclusion: the metal film canister. As lavish as it is devoid of message, this “cover” perfectly represented the intransigent attitude of the band.
6. Led Zeppelin III – October 1970. With its “groovy” logo and spinning wheel cover, Led Zeppelin’s third album merged the bubblegum cheap effects of Buddah’s Dial-A-Hit with the pyschedelic nerdiness of Iron Butterfly. Cute, fun and delightfully unselfconscious, too bad they go just a bit further and make this for black light.
7. USA – November 1971. Another generation gap classic, and a fine example of the indefatigable comic book style, Bloodrock’s fourth album cover features Satan blasting the plasma out of some hapless hipster’s head. On the back, we see the cause of all the distress: The US White House. Illustrated by John Lockart, who contributed to Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book.
8. Blonde On Blonde – May 1966. It was radical enough to use a blurry picture of the recording star, but to omit his name and the album title, as well… was pretty stoned for ’66. The most distant and honest of all the Dylan portraits, Jerry Schatzberg captured the demon poet intensity well.
9. No Earthly Connection – April 1976. Leave it to Rick Wakeman to scheme up the ultimate prog indulgence: an anamorphosis album cover. Complete with mirror silver foil cone to view the extra-terrestrial keyboardist. Like, freaky.
10. Astro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 – March 1969. The Sgt. Pepper of lounge, this bachelor pad classic blends Queen From Outer Space tackiness with easy listening insouciance. The cover’s perspicacious design merges the pet font of 1993, a go-go girl worthy of Captain Kirk and the ubiquitous 101 Strings logo. Proto-Stereolab.