Here are a few CD music cover examples:
Artits: The Sex Pistols
Album: Never mind the bollocks
Designer: Jaime Reed
Reed had no interest in putting the band on the cover of the Sex Pistols’ only record – “They were ugly anyway” – so he used what he termed “cheap hype”, using ransom-note style lettering, brash colours and simplicity that anyone could recreate; the perfect representation of the DIY punk aesthetic. Utterly unforgettable and utterly cool.
Album: Never mind
Designer: Robert Fisher
The iconic image of an innocent baby swimming towards a dollar bill on a fishhook is one of the most instantly recognisable in musical history, worthy of the enormously influential breakthrough album that was Nevermind. Kurt Cobain reportedly conceived the idea after watching a TV program on water births, and a photographer was duly despatched, with the dollar bill being added afterwards. The meaning behind the image has never been revealed, and never will be, adding to the intrigue, and coolness of the sleeve.
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: Dark Side of the Moon
Designer: Storm Thorgerson
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist and singer suggested to designer Storm that perhaps for the cover of Dark Side of the Moon, he might not use a photograph. He replied, “What do you mean? That’s what I do. Pictures…I don’t do graphics.” Thankfully, for the history of album cover design, he embraced the challenge laid down to him. Using twin inspirations of Floyd’s live light show and a triangle – a symbol of thought and ambition – he created this cover and a piece of musical and art history.
Artist: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Designer: Andy Warhol
It helped that the album itself would become a cult classic and hugely influential, but that Andy Warhol banana print could have been the cover of Jedward’s debut album and still been considered an iconic sleeve image. Early copies of the album had the invitation to “Peel slowly and see” enabling the owner to peel back the banana skin to reveal a flesh-coloured banana underneath. Fruity indeed.