Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee 
Monday, 3 December, 2012, 12:17 - Singles Released Before 1960, Christmas Crackers
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rockin round the xmas treeContinuin' with the Christmas theme, this time it is the turn of that Holiday classic, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. Though many versions of the song have been recorded over the years, this particular artwork is taken from the 1957 version sung by Brenda Lee, which many consider to be the original. In this cover, we see Ms Lee herself in a green dress set against a green background - not particularly inventive as color schemes go. It is fair to say that she doesn't look as if she is particularly full of seasonal spirit. But perhaps in Georgia from where Ms Lee originates, wearing a pretty dress is as much as anyone can afford to do and the idea of Santa hats or elf outfits is beyond folks' everyday means.

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rockin round the xxmas treeIn the revised single cover we see two ladies who are most definitely filled with the spirit of the season. This is evident as they appear to be sat in front of a Christmas tree in only their bikinis, playing in the snow. Without a bit of seasonal spirit to help keep them warm, one would expect them to seek somewhere less chilly to have their photos taken. Red bikinis with white fur are often popular in December, especially in Canada where they are obligatory for all women who are both under the age of 25 and under 125 pounds in weight. This law was enacted in 1925 and is known locally as the 25-25-125 rule. Although now somewhat outmoded, it is still popular and has defied attempts by the modern day legislature to nullify it.

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Let It Snow! - Michael Bublé 
Sunday, 2 December, 2012, 12:44 - Singles Of The 2000s, Christmas Crackers
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let it snow michael buble 1As Christmas approaches, attention is increasingly being turned to those old festive crackers. The cover for Canadian crooner Michael Bublé's 2003 EP 'Let It Snow!' has to be one of the least inventive pieces of album art for a Christmas song that has ever been produced. Remember that the song on which the title is based includes the line 'the weather outside is frightful', whilst the cover is all sparkly and icy and nice. There is no indication that the snowflakes will lead to frightful weather conditions. Added to this, Mr Bublé's smooth voice, the ensuing mood is more one of 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire', though presumably if Mr Bublé's chestnuts did roast on said fire, his voice might not be quite so smooth.

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let it snow michael buble 2Speaking of festive crackers and frightful weather, the girl here on the revised cover certainly does appear to be in inclement, snowy, weather conditions. Of course it goes without saying that if you insist on calling yourself 'Michael Booob-lay' when, in reality, your name would more averagely be pronounced 'Michael Bubb-ler' you will inevitably become the butt of boob gags. Sadly, at AllBum.Art, such a temptation was too much to resist and the lady on the front of the new cover is definitely and definitively more deserving of the title 'Boob-lay' than the erstwhile crooner from Canada.

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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley 
Saturday, 1 December, 2012, 12:29 - Singles Released Before 1960
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teddy bear elvis presley 1(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear was a hit for Mr Elvis Presley in 1957 where it remained in the number 1 chart position for 7 weeks. The cover for the single features a happy and smiling Mr Presley holding up a teddy bear, with the clear intimation that Mr Presley himself is to be cuddled in the same fashion. Or perhaps it is meant to insinuate that Mr Presley is small and furry. Or that when he gets older he will become big and angry and attack tourists in the forests of Canada. As to the latter, we shall never know as sadly Mr Presley sadly passed away before he had a chance to move to Canada to live in the forest.

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teddy bear elvis presley 2Mr Presley would surely approve of the revised version. Be honest now, how many hot blooded males who live in Memphis, would not like to be this particular girl's teddy bear? Although, having said that, the way she seems to be dragging it along behind her perhaps indicates a little disrespect for her furry friend. Or perhaps she is is just very tired, and is on her way to bed and hasn't got the strength to carry him properly. It is clear that she is heading to the bedroom, as her outfit (or lack of it) would clearly be unsuitable for any other room of the house, or outdoors for that matter.

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics 
Friday, 30 November, 2012, 12:59 - Singles Of The 1980s
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sweet dreams eurythmicsTo be brutal, Annie Lennox the lead singer of the Eurythmics, has always had a face that would cause nightmares more than it would 'Sweet Dreams'; her scary, androgynous looks being more akin to salt and vinegar chips than smooth silky chocolate. There are, of course, those who like salt and vinegar chips and in the words of Ms Lennox herself in this 1983 single, ‘Who am I do disagree?’ But the picture of Ms Lennox on cover, no matter how small, does not elicit dreams of the sugary kind. Notwithstanding Ms Lennox’s acerbic charm, Mr Dave Stewart her partner in the band who is not, thankfully, shown on the cover, would add little by the way of counterbalancing flavour, being similar in visage to an unfashionable porcupine.

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sweet dreams eurythmics 2The revised cover is definitely something that ‘sweet dreams are made of’. Sugar and spice and all things nice. Almost. But surely even the biggest sucrophobe¹ would have to admit that the selection of desserts is highly tempting. In the song Ms Lennox points out that ‘Everybody is Looking for Something’. The meaning of this is now much more apparent. Whilst some may seek one particular type of sucrolytic² satisfaction through, for example, the medium of cake, others may find similar satisfaction in buns or tarts. Paradoxically, tarts seem to be more favoured by men who like to try many different kinds until they find one they like, whereas buns are more often preferred by females who will often test to see how firm they are before deciding which one to take.

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¹ A ‘sucrophobe’ is someone who dislikes sugary things. ‘Sucro’ is taken from ‘sucrose’ meaning sugar, and ‘phobe’ is short for ‘phobia’ meaning ‘an irrational fear or aversion to something’.

² ‘Sucrolytic’ means ‘causing pleasurable collapse through sucrorial³ intake’. ‘Sucro’ is taken from ‘sucrose’ meaning sugar, and ‘lytic’ means ‘something that causes one to break down or become loose.

³ ‘Sucrorial’ means ‘relating to or connected with sucrose (sugar)’.
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Midas Touch - Midnight Star 
Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 12:52 - Singles Of The 1980s
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midnight star midas touch 1It is great to receive submissions from people who are getting the hang of what AllBum.Art is all about. This one is from two ladies who call themselves 'Ms Holly Da Yin' and 'Ms Mary Ott'. They were rather bored by the cover for the 1986 cover of the single 'Midas Touch' by Midnight Star. The black cover with red lettering and the addition of a tiny amount of gold, did not seem, to them, to reflect the notion that 'everything' that was touched 'turned to gold'. Surely, in such a situation, the single cover itself would be completely gold (and anyone who bought it would now be very rich, given the rise in gold prices in recent years).

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midnight star midas touch 2Ms Da Yin and Ms Ott instead fused the original cover with that of a picture of Ms Paris Hilton (a made-up name if ever there was one) who had been turned to gold. All her surroundings have also turned to gold, though it seems that the gold is still in a liquid state meaning that the temperature would have had to have been over 1,000°C. Although some regard Ms Hilton as 'hot', at this kind of temperature, surely even she would have been burned to a frazzle. Regardless of this strange contradiction, Ms Da Yin and Ms Ott are to be congratulated on their fine contribution and awarded a gold star for their efforts.

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White Wedding - Billy Idol 
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 12:11 - Singles Of The 1980s
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billy idol white wedding 1It is time to return once again to Mr Billy Idol, this time to his 1982 song 'White Wedding' again courtesy of Brent Gdzinski of Charleston, SC. There is some controversy over the meaning of the song but general agreement that being 'a nice day for a White Wedding' is less to do with the weather, and more that the idea of white weddings is connected with lace and frills and heightened emotional awareness and thus, what Mr Idol is really saying is that it is 'a nice day to go hunting for women'. In the cover of the single, if you look carefully, you will notice that the wedding dress that the girl is wearing has been undone, presumably by Mr Idol, and that it is beginning to fall off.

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billy idol white wedding 2Mr Gdzinski's update cover takes the story forward around a half an hour, where he picks up the story:
Having argued with Mr Idol about his manhandling of her dress, she has wandered off. Unfortunately, instead of heading back to the wedding breakfast, she has ended up deeper in the forest. Without a pin to repair her dress, it has fallen down, having been caught on a sharp twig.

It is to be hoped that Mr Idol shows some repentance and heads off into the forest to help out the maiden whose wedding day he has no doubt ruined.

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Bad Girls - Donna Summer 
Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 12:00 - Singles Of The 1970s
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donna summer bad girls 1Donna Summer's 1979 disco classic 'Bad Girls' was supposedly inspired after one of Donna's assistants was stopped by a police officer who thought she was a prostitute. How such a mistake could have been made is unknown, however the cover of the single shows Donna leaning against a lamp-post in typical 1970s disco garb. Presumably the police officer in question had never been to a discotheque of the time and was unfamiliar with the idea that just because a woman is wearing stockings, high heels and a skirt that is split up to the thigh does not imply that she is a prostitute but just a regular 'girl about town'.

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donna summer bad girls 2Of course the title of Ms Summer's song is 'Bad Girls'. Note the emphasis on the plural. Yet, on the cover there is only the one girl - Ms Summer herself - in the picture. As previously stated, the fact that the clothes she is wearing are typical of the time does not really do the title justice. In this updated version, the police officer has gone and in his place are two very bad girls, in fact they are so naughty that they are standing by Ms Summer's lamp-post but, it would seem, naked other than some high heels and a hat. It is now pretty certain that if the police officer were to see them, his supposition that they were prostitutes would be much more accurate and in any case, being naked in a public place would surely call for their arrest regardless.

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Divinyls - Divinyls 
Monday, 26 November, 2012, 12:36 - Albums Of The 1990s
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Divinyls DivinylsAustralian band Divinyls released their self-titled album in 1991. They are probably most famous for their song 'I Touch Myself' which reached number 1 in their home country and number 4 in the US Billboard Top 100. Both the cover of the single 'I Touch Myself' and of their album 'Divinyls' featured the lead singer wearing a fishnet type dress with apparently nothing underneath. On the single cover we get to see her naked bum, though with shadows playing over the photo, it's not easy to make out whether she is nude or is faking it. On the album cover, she is facing sideways and 'touching herself' in a way that still doesn't clear up the nakedness question.

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Divinyls Divinyls 2This alternative version answers the nakedness question to a larger extent. Now we see the singer has turned to face us and has put her hands down by her sides revealing that she is, clearly, topless. Oddly her face and hairstyle have changed and the dress she is wearing seems to have a different spacing in the mesh, but this could just be a trick of the light. It does appear that she might be completely nude, however the album title is obscuring the part of her body that would provide a full frontal answer, so that particular enigma will remain untouched for now.

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Hot In The City - Billy Idol 
Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:22 - Singles Of The 1980s
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hot in the city 1Originally released in 1982 but a bigger hit when re-released in 1987, Billy Idol's 'Hot In The City' was also used in the feature film 'Big'. It seems reasonable to presume, from the cover, that Mr Idol was indeed rather warm as he is not wearing any shirt. The picture of the topless Mr Idol with his big medallion and his bejeaned legs spread as if to invite the viewer to examine his crotch will have no doubt made many females at the time 'Hot In The City'. The city in question, incidentally, appears to be New York as this is the city whose name is yelled part way through the song. A 'Rebel Yell' perhaps?

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hot in the cityThe lyrics to Mr Idol's song scream, 'You know that it's Hot in the City tonight'. Thank you to Brent Gdzinski of Charleston, SC, who supplied this alternative version of the cover. In Brent's words:
I felt that if it was as hot in the city as Mr Idol made out, the ladies of the said city would keep cool by walking the streets naked. Indeed, this has proved to be the case as I went out in the city the other night when it was hot and saw this lady trying to keep cool. I thought it would make a fitting cover.

Brent has a point there, and we thank him for his submission and look forward to seeing what results from the next hot night in Charleston.

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On The 6 - Jennifer Lopez 
Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 12:24 - Albums Of The 1990s
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j lo on the 6 1The cover of Jennifer Lopez's (J-Lo to her fans) 1999 album 'On The 6' features none other than Ms Lopez herself kneeling on a cream colored sofa in a tight fitting t-shirt and skimpy gold shorts. One can't help wondering whether Ms Lopez got the idea for the gold shorts from Ms Kylie Minogue who made such attire famous in her video 'Spinning Around', though as Ms Minogue's video was released the year after Ms Lopez's album, it is possible that it was Ms Minogue that committed plagiarism having seen Ms Lopez's album cover in a record shop. Of it's possible that we should be so lucky and that it could just be a happy coincidence.

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j lo on the 6 2What is little know about the particular photo shoot at which the album cover for 'On The 6' was produced is that the sofa on which Ms Lopez is kneeling was also being used for two other photo shoots at the same time. The photographers didn't want the expense of hiring in the sofa on another date and so used the prop multiple times.

The first alternative shoot that was going on was for this very buxom latin lady (one wonders if she is a friend of Ms Lopez) who, it is clear, would not have fitted into the t-shirt that Ms Lopez was wearing. In fact it is questionable whether she would fit into any t-shirt that wasn't specially elasticated to contain her boobs. Perhaps, therefore, she walks around topless like this all the time to avoid the cost of buying such a costly bespoke t-shirt.

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j lo on the 6 3Down the other end of the sofa was another pretty girl who was also having her photo taken. Given the size of her boobs, she would definitely have fit into Ms Lopez's t-shirt, however like the latin lady above, she isn't wearing one. Perhaps the photographers, having splashed out on hiring the sofa, didn't have enough money left to buy a second t-shirt. Or maybe Ms Lopez was being a bit precious about her t-shirt and didn't want to lend it to the pretty young model kneeling further down the sofa. It seems whatever the reason, she was left with no panties to wear either but oddly she does appear to have a pair of high heel shoes to wear. As Ms Lopez is not wearing shoes, perhaps she was generous enough to give hers to this model, though it hardly covers anything and would certainly have not helped her keep warm. it is to be hoped that the studio concerned have learnt their lessons and will be better equipped with clothes in the future. Or then again, maybe not.

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