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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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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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 - Various Artists 
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 on the in the whole festive vibe, but in time for Christmas, here is an alternative remix of cover artwork for the single, Frosty The Snowman. The picture of the lady sitting on Frosty's knee 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, in the days when pinups were as sexy as it got.

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