Album Cones: Moby’s Play

moby-play.jpgReleased in May 1999, Play (right) is the fifth studio album by electronic music artist Moby. Play has been called the best-selling electronic album of all time, with nine hit singles in the UK and over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

The photograph for the cover was taken by the late fashion and fine art photographer Corinne Day. Day died of cancer in August at the age of 45. She achieved fame primarily for her photographs of model Kate Moss that started what became known as the “grunge” look in the 1990s.

The object being held against the wall in the bottom left corner of the photo is a photographer’s flash meter. In our latest Album Cones version, the flash meter has been replaced by a tasty frozen treat. It looks as if Moby is unhappy with vanilla.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane

dbowie-aladdi_08.jpgThis Album Cones installment is a parody of a classic album cover from the early 1970s rock era. Aladdin Sane is David Bowie’s sixth studio album. It was released in 1973 as a follow up to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The photograph is by the late Brian Duffy and the design by the studio partnership of Duffy and Celia Philo, Duffy Design Concepts. Bowie’s make up was creatd by Pierre Laroche, who is also responsible for the controversial Daryl Hall and John Oates “Silver Album” that was released in 1975. What worked for Bowie did not work for Hall & Oates.

The cover for Aladdin Sane is probably the most iconic of Bowie’s discography. The red and blue bolt has inspired countless imitations and parodies. Here is what it looks like on a cone.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: Madonna’s True Blue

madonn-truebl_07.jpgA reader emailed me today asking if I had given up posting Album Cones covers. I did not realize that it has been over a month and a half since the last addition to the category. There are actually several covers in the Album Cones Flickr Group that have not yet been published on the blog. I will try to get caught up over the next couple off weeks.

The cover for Madonna’s 1986 album True Blue (right) is a perfect choice for the addition of a soft, dripping ice cream cone. The photograph used on the cover was taken by legendary fashion Herb Ritts and is an iconic image of the pop star.

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If you want to participate in the AAX
Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX
links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via
e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee
that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

Apple iTunes

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Album Cones: Peter Gabriel’s Melt

pgabri-peterg_64.jpgOur latest addition to the Album Cones collection comes to us from AlbumArtExchange Blog reader Abe S., who wrote in his email that it seems like an obvious choice. I have to admit that it is one I would have considered doing myself if my Photoshop skills were a bit better.

Peter Gabriel’s third album is often referred to as “Melt” due to its cover by the legendary Hipgnosis. The photograph was taken with a Polaroid SX-70 instant camera and modified by either Storm Thorgerson or Gabriel. The cover has been imitated and parodied numerous times.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: Green Day’s American Idiot

greend-americ_02.jpgToday’s addition to our Album Cones collection comes to us from AlbumArtExchange.com user Aequi. This one is one of my favorites so far.

It is a delicious-looking version of Green Day’s 2004 album American Idiot. The album was the band’s seventh studio album. It won a Grammy for Best Rock Album and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

The art director for the album cover was Chris Bilheimer. You have to take a minute to check out his online portfolio (you’ll laugh, I promise).

On April 20, 2010, a stage musical adaptation of the album opened on Broadway. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: Nirvana

nirvan-neverm_06.jpgThanks to AlbumArtExchange.com user gege, we have another classic addition to our Album Cones collection. I hope there are many more to follow.

Nevermind (right) is the second studio album by Nirvana. It was released on September 24, 1991 with an album cover that features a baby swimming toward a US dollar bill on a fishhook.

The cover has since become iconic and the subject of parody countless times over the years. However, I think this is the first time that the dollar bill has been replaced by an ice cream cone.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: The Velvet Underground & Nico

warhol-velvet-velvet_03.jpgReleased in 1967, The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band The Velvet Underground. German composer, singer, fashion model and actress Nico collaborated on the album as a vocalist.

The album cover for is notable for its Andy Warhol print of a banana. Early releases of the album included the instructions “Peel slowly and see” with an arrow pointing to a removable sticker. Underneath the banana skin sticker was a flesh-colored banana (which was controversial for obvious reasons).

For this addition to our Album Cones collection, I have replaced the yellow banana with a frozen, chocolate covered banana on a stick. While it isn’t an ice cream cone, it is still in the frozen treat category. So, I don’t feel as if I cheated too much with this one.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: Joe Jackson

jjacks-looksh_06.jpgLook Sharp! is the debut album by British musician Joe Jackson. It was released in 1979 and incudes the hit Is She Really Going Out with Him?, which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The album cover (right) was selected as number 22 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest album covers of all time. According to Sleevage, the photographer was Brian Griffin, who took the photograph of Joe Jackson’s shoes which doing typical portrait shots for the album.

I have seen several clever parodies of this cover over the years. So, what one more gonna hurt?

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: The Who

who-whosne_11.jpgHere’s a tasty treat that I whipped up myself! It was created using the cover of The Who’s 1971 album Who’s Next. The real album cover (right) is a photograph by Ethan A, Russell of the band after they apparently urinated on a large concrete block protruding from the rocky plain.

I’d like to see someone try to urinate on a giant taco! This is yet another example of why ice cream cones are vastly superior to tacos — or burritos for that matter. Ice cream rules!

I recenty created an Album Cones Flickr Group to make it easier for people to submit their Album Cones album covers. If you have a Flickr account, just join the group and add your Photoshopped images.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your 1000 x 1000 pixel image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username. You can also upload your images to Flickr and submit them to the Album Cones Flickr Group.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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Album Cones: Rage Against the Machine

Here is a very disturbing Album Cones submission from my friend Lindy. I am sure that “fire and ice cream” will become a popular category under this topic.

For those of you who don’t have access to stock photo libraries, great ice cream images can be purchased at Photos.com.

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If you want to participate in the AAX Album Cones meme, submit your image along with the AAX links to the original cover image in the AAX gallery (if possible) via e-mail to blog@albumartexchange.com. You must also include your name or AAX forum username.

I will publish Album Cones as I receive them. I will not guarantee that your image will be published (but I’m not going to be too picky).

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