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Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle – Classic album from Gary, featuring his big hit Cars and that cover paying homage to René Magritte’s ‘Le Principe du Plaisir’ painting. Top stuff all around.


Ry Cooder: Borderline – Album number nine from Ry, released in 1990 this sounds a tad dated, but is good to clean up the house to.


Spandau Ballet: Journeys to Glory – Spandau’s first album, released just 10 days after it was recorded! WIKI: The expression “Spandau Ballet” was slang used by Allied troops in the trenches in the First World War referring to the twitching of the corpses hanging on the barbed wire and repeatedly hit by Spandau machine gun fire from the German lines.

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The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers – This is an original copy of the Stones classic (album number nine), complete with Andy Warhol cover featuring the zipper (alas not the original original real zipper), songs include Brown Sugar and the great Wild Horses. This is also the first Stones to not feature Brian Jones. Tops it is too.


The Rolling Stones: Some Girls – Another classic album from the Stones, number 14 this one, with Miss You and Beasts of Burden. Another great cover too, featuring die-cuts. They got in trouble for that cover, WIKI: An elaborate die-cut design, with the colours on the sleeves varying in different markets, it featured the Rolling Stones’ faces alongside those of select female celebrities inserted into a copy of an old Valmor Products Corporation advertisement. The cover design was challenged legally when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened to sue for the use of their likenesses without permission.

The album was quickly re-issued with a redesigned cover that removed all the celebrities, whether they had complained or not. The celebrity images were replaced with black and punk style garish colours with the phrase Pardon our appearance – cover under re-construction. Jagger later apologised to Minnelli when he encountered her during a party at the famous discothèque Studio 54.

Album Count 2016: 263

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