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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Feels Like I'm In Love - Kelly Marie 
Friday, 23 November, 2012, 12:08 - Albums Of The 2000s, Singles Of The 1980s
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kelly marie feels like im iAlthough this cover has been filed under '1980s singles', the actual album art that has been modernized is from the 2006 'Best of' album which also happens to have the same name as Kelly Marie's most famous single, 'Feels Like I'm In Love'.

The original single cover from the Scottish songstress is rather more plain than this one in which a late 70s/early 80s style model is pictured lying on red satin sheets in a see-through bra, stockings and strappy silver high heels. This is probably not Kelly Marie herself (though it could be), but a model brought (bought) in for the occasion.

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kelly marie feels like im 2Despite the cover being relatively raunchy, it has been further modernized by AllBum.Art to include a much sexier female model in a similar outfit and on the same red satin sheets. Unfortunately, her bra seems to have come of and, unless mistaken, it looks as if someone has begun pulling her panties down too, as they seem to be not quite where they should be. At least her stockings seem to be intact. She's also facing the other direction, perhaps she is left-handed and the original model is right-handed, or maybe it's the photographer that has the opposite handedness. Then again, who cares?

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Chic - Chic 
Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 12:46 - Albums Of The 1970s
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chic chic 1The cover for Chic's imaginatively titled 1977 debut album 'Chic' has on its cover two sultry looking ladies blowing referee's whistles. The ladies concerned are typical of the disco divas of the time being in their twenties and having long hair. What they are wearing is unknown as there is nothing in the picture to indicate that they are wearing anything at all. The inclusion of the referee's whistles is believed to represent a juxtaposition between the distunality of the sound they produce with the tonality of the groovy disco music that is contained inside the sleeve of the record. Either that, or people just liked to blow whistles at discos in the 1970s (much more likely).

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chic chic 2Things have moved on since the 1970s and ladies who attend discos are now much younger than they used to be. In fact the term 'ladies' no longer really applies and 'girls' is a more common and arguably more accurate description. Of course there are far more derogatory terms in use but there is no need to repeat these. In the revised album cover the question of what is being worn has been answered and it is clear to see that the girl (whose age now more accurately reflects those of modern disco-goers) is, in fact, wearing next to nothing. The air of mystery has been retained by cutting the picture of at the waist so that it is not clear whether she is just topless, or whether she is, in fact, completely naked.

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Power - Ice-T 
Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:32 - Albums Of The 1980s
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ice t power 1The cover for Ice-T's album 'Power' is already one of the sexier covers around and caused a stir at the time. According to WikiPedia:
The album cover, photographed by Glen E. Friedman, was the subject of controversy upon its original release, due to the provocative pose of Darlene Ortiz, Ice-T's girlfriend at the time.

Ms Ortiz was obviously the one with the 'Power' given that she is stood holding a whip and although she hasn't gone for the full dominatrix outfit (the white slingshot bikini not being normal mistress clothing), you get the impression that she has the upper hand over the two hapless rappers.

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ice t power 2Time has moved on and Ms Ortiz is no longer Ice-T's girlfriend so the time is surely right for Ice to take back the power. Ms Ortiz has therefore been replaced by two similarly attired black beauties whose poses suggest that it is Ice-T that has the power now. With one flick of his wrists he would be nicely positioned between two topless busty babes.

Mind you, surrounded by those two, even Ice-T might find their powers of persuasion difficult to turn down!

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Spacer - Sheila & B.Devotion 
Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:17 - Singles Of The 1970s, Summer Sizzlers
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sheila b devotion spacer orFrench band, Sheila & B.Devotion (sometimes mistakenly called 'Sheila B Devotion') hit the charts in 1979 with the disco classic 'Spacer'. The song has since been sampled extensively by, for example, Alcazar in their hit 'Crying at the Discotheque'. The original cover for the single is shown on the right. It features a pretty blonde in a very 1970s disco outfit of red and white trainers, 'bobby socks' and a matching red and white sleeveless baseball t-shirt. She is kneeling or squatting down on a beach, drawing in the sand with a stick.

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sheila b devotion spacer 2The 1979 version of the cover was probably quite erotic and sexy for its time, however in the 2010s, it seems a little bland and so it has been update in line with modern maxims. On the right is an updated, and much sexier, version. This time the girl on the beach is naked (but nothing is on show that you wouldn't see in a tabloid newspaper) and is in a similar pose, although she seems to have lost the stick with which to draw in the sand. She looks just as happy as her 1979 counterpart despite her being in the nude. Perhaps she is thinking, "Now, where did I leave my bobby socks...?"

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Frosty The Snowman 
Monday, 19 November, 2012, 14:49 - Singles Released Before 1960, Christmas Crackers
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frosty the showmanNothing too rude to get us kicked off, but in time for Christmas, here is an alternative cover for the single, 'Frosty The Snowman'. The original artwork used here was taken from the front cover of a magazine called 'Flirt' and is by the famous 50's pinup artist Peter Driben. There are several artists who have released 'Frosty The Snowman' as a song but this album cover is aimed fairly and squarely at those pre-1960s versions such those belonging to Gene Autry (1950), Perry Como (1957) or Danny Kaye.

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