(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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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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