Album Covers
 

Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)

Roger Waters solo album went to press with a cover that featured a rear shot of a female hitchhiker, wearing nothing but a red backpack and high-heels. The censors didn't care for it, and a black bar was placed over the woman's backside. The nude cover is valued up to $20.
Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking orignal cover Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking censored version

 

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (1986)

Bon Jovi's third album, Slippery When Wet, had three Top 10 Billboard hits, two of which reached #1. This made Bon Jovi the first hard rock band to ever have two consecutive #1 Billboard hits. The orginal cover was of a busty young lady in a wet T-shirt but it was rejected and the cover was changed to a wet black garbage bag with the words "Slippery When Wet" traced in the water. In Japan most releases of the album have the original cover art.
Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet original cover Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet replacement cover

 

Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

The debut album by Guns N' Roses has accumulated worldwide sales of more than 35 million copies and ranks as the highest-selling debut album of all time. The original cover for the album was of a robot rapist on the streets, but it was soon changed to the skull and cross bone cover. The rape cover is valued up to $50.
Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction original cover Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction replacement cover

 

Poison - Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)

Open Up and Say...Ahh! had a cover with a female demon sticking out a massive tongue. After much fuss from church and parental groups, the black bars were added to hide the tongue. The original is valued around $12.
Poison - Open Up and Say...Ahh! original cover Poison - Open Up and Say...Ahh! censored cover
 
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