The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

Categories: Art Rock

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Can you guess which Sgt. Pepper's parody beat this great Simpsons one to make it on the list?
One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has happened a lot more than you would expect.

Second only to homages is parodies. Since punk came out and Johnny Rotten wore a shirt boasting that he hated Pink Floyd, the genre set to work on parodies of mainstream music, especially the classic-rock dinosaurs they were rebelling against. Even before that there were comedians doing it for years.

Even though it's impossible to definitively evaluate all of the probably close to a million of these parodies that have been created, Rocks Off selected twenty of the best to showcase. Share your own favorites in the comments.

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2 Live Crew, As Nasty As They Wanna Be/2 Live Jews, As Kosher As They Wanna Be
Straight outta Florida, 2 Live Jews carried on the great tradition of Yiddish satire ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8w3ADqWp8Q ) in this brilliant send-up of gangsta rap. Unfortunately, the guys on the cover are probably no longer quite "live."


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Leonard Cohen, Greatest Hits/Ween, The Pod
I think what makes this one so creative is that Ween took the cover of a mostly forgotten greatest hits compilation Leonard Cohen's record label released in the '70s and transformed it into something as brilliantly weird as anything else in the Ween tradition.


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Sonic Youth, Goo/Prisonshake, Spoo
My favorite part of this one is Prisonshake's Madlibs rewording of Goo's original text, although you might have to strain your eyes to read it.


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Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run/Sesame Street, Born to Add
This one pretty much sums up the cycle of most music fans' interests from childhood to adulthood.


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Various Artists, Grease/Slapping Suspenders, Greece
The Slapping Suspenders version is a little less John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John and a little more Deliverance.



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