In a follow up to my a-peeling Bananas blog, and in anticipation of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which opens in US theaters on August 5, 2011, here are some album covers featuring some primates. Monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, baboons, Beiber fans … humans. Oops, not humans. Basically hairy things that can stand on two legs and throw excrement at you when provoked — but not humans.
Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound (1985)
Posted by: Gulickson
Okay, I lied about the humans! Just for this first cover from super group Supertramp. The cover for the English rock band’s ninth studio album, Brother Where You Bound, could easily double for one of the main underlying themes in the Planet of the Apes movies — evolution. As you can see, that’s a moronic dribbling knuckle-humping two-armed James Franco on the far left and an articulate upright John Lithgow on the right!
|The New Pornographers
Electric Version (2003)
Nick Cave’s alternative rock band Grinderman went all out for a swinging green simian grooving it out on the disco dance-floor, from the looks of it. All members of Grinderman are also active musicians in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the band was originally called the Mini Seeds. Their eponymous debut album was recorded in four days and was acclaimed by critics on it’s release. The long awaited follow up, Grinderman 2, was released in 2010.
Talking Heads – Naked (1988)
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New Wave band Talking Heads, fronted by David Byrne, decided to use an ornately framed image of a nude, flower-wielding monkey on their eighth and last studio album, Naked. Tracks include Totally Nude and (Nothing But) Flowers. Go figure! The band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. While four of their albums were included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, this isn’t one of them.
|Juicebox – Popcorn 69 (2006)||Anna Ternheim – What Have I Done? (2008)|
Swedish singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim, decided a frozen blue monkey in falling snow would look really neat all dressed up on the cover for her single What Have I Done?, the first single from her fourth full length EP, 2009’s Leaving on a Mayday. The album won Album of the Year at the 2009 Swedish Grammy Awards along with the award for Best Female Artist. Not sure about you, but I always see this cover and feel sorry for the monkey, he/she looks so sad and cold and lonely. Awwww!!
Basement Jaxx – Rooty (2001)
Posted by: Music Hogg
Say hello to “Nfumu Ngui” aka “Floquet de Neu” aka “Snowflake” munching away on the cover of Basement Jaxx‘s second studio album. Fritz has just posted an interesting Déjà Vu entry featuring this cover, with more information about Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla. Barcelona Zoo were unaware of just how unique he was and sent a message to Sabater Pi, who found him, saying, “Please send more white gorillas.” Snowflake’s fame helped to promote awareness of the endangered gorilla species. He sired 22 offspring, none of whom were albino, and lived to see his grandchildren. Awwww.
The video for the third single from Rooty, Where’s Your Head At?, directed by Tom Webb, is almost as famous as the song. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Suffice to say that the band members’ heads superimposed on monkeys is only part of the whole story. I have no idea why the cover for the single features an ostrich head!
|Curious George 2
Follow That Monkey (2010)
The artwork for American alternative rockers, Pixies‘ second studio album, was designed by British graphic designer Vaughan Oliver (who has also designed covers for Throwing Muses, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and The Breeders, among others). The cover references the themes in the track Monkey Gone to Heaven, and depicts a stuffed monkey, with a halo and the numbers five, six and seven above it (“if man is five… then the Devil is six… then God is seven”). The album is ranked at #226 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
“There are several different printings of this cover. The original is a
metallic ink that was probably expensive to produce. Subsequent versions
are in a brown ink. Scans of the metallic version vary quite a bit
because it is reflective and difficult to scan.” – Fritz.
The Black Eyed Peas – Renegotiations: The Remixes (2006)
Posted by: Music Hog
The cover for The Black Eyed Peas‘ EP, Renegotiations: The Remixes, depicts a rather dapper and carefully combed and groomed young chimp in his Sunday best, and is presented in an old-style-shaped oval portrait. Which is a nice tie in to the fact that the Extended Play is comprised of songs and remixes of songs from their 2005 album Monkey Business.
Extra for Experts: A monkey is a primate and not a type of ape, an ape is a primate and not a type of monkey, and a chimpanzee is a type of ape (so it’s a primate but not a monkey). [And yes, I mixed them all up and have no idea what exactly is on what cover! Except for James Franco.] And the smallest monkey in the world is the pygmy marmoset, which can grow to a height of 14 to 16cms. Also called a dwarf monkey, here’s a picture of one. Reminds me of my sister … the good looking one 🙂 . So now you know!
Homework: The phrase “cold enough to freeze the balls off (or on) a brass monkey.”