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    Default First Offspring album listed among NME's "40 Outrageous Banned Album Sleeves"

    The first Offspring album is #40 on the "40 Outrageous Banned Album Sleeves" list.

    http://www.nme.com/photos/40-outrage.../328259/1/1#40
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    cool thanks for posting that

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    That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

    We'll never know the true story of why the art was changed, however (whether it was due to being grotesque or due to the Alien similarities). Besides, with a limited run of 5,000, I don't think there were many people "outraged" by the artwork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mega Man View Post
    That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

    We'll never know the true story of why the art was changed, however (whether it was due to being grotesque or due to the Alien similarities). Besides, with a limited run of 5,000, I don't think there were many people "outraged" by the artwork.
    That NME article is almost copying what this article on Wikipedia says. I can't really sense why an album that sold only 5,000 copies would be banned. Sure, it was "banned" because of the artwork, but it could also be because of the song "Kill the President" or the lyrics to "Beheaded" or something like that. I have no clue whatsoever about this "controversial" situation.
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    The pinnacle of criticism that the album received was on Hot Seat with Wally George, which, as you mentioned, was aimed at the songs themselves. The band had trouble selling it, but that was only because they faced the same drawbacks as any other independent band that hadn't broken through on the scene yet.

    The only comment that has been made on the subject of the artworks is Noodles saying he preferred the new one (though that doesn't necessarily mean that's why it was changed). People have just assumed over the years that the less grotesque cover must be censored, which is nothing more than speculation.
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    Until this very moment, I never noticed that stomach-dwelling alien. The artwork makes a lot more sense now!
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    I did do some research on the original artwork being controversial, but no mystery has been solved.

    Discogs and Popspike also call the original artwork "somewhat controversial".

    http://www.discogs.com/Offspring-The...g/master/77226
    http://www.popsike.com/The-Offspring...681703161.html
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