Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Music Album Covers with Skulls on Them

A composite image of 25 music album covers with skulls on them.
A composite image of 25 music album covers with skulls on them.

Skulls on first thought are associated with death, reminding us of our mortality and to beware of our own follies. They also can frighten and intimidate us.

But skulls – especially some of those on these album covers – also can project coolness and hipness. And one thing we hadn’t thought about until creating this post was that skulls have large eye sockets, and though obvious dead, can look child-like. We are wired to respond to big eyes as being cute – think panda. With that in mind, skulls can look part cute, part helpless, and part ridiculous at times.


1968 The Moody Blues – “In Search of the Lost Chord”
1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Brain Salad Surgery”
1975 Oliver Nelson – “Skull Session”
1975 The Eagles – “Their Greatest Hits”
1976 Steppenwolf – “Skullduggery”

1977 Jean Michel Jarre – “Oxygene”
1977 The Pirates – “Skull Wars”
1981 New Math – “They Walk Among You”
1987 The Flaming Lips – “Oh My Gawd the Flaming Lips”
1997 Various Artists – “Pickin' on the Grateful Dead”

2000 Cypress Hills – “Skull & Bones”
2003 The Murder City Devils – “RIP”
2005 Felix Laband – “Dark Days Exit”
2007 Boys Noize – “Oi Oi Oi”
2011 Skull Snaps – “Skull Snaps”

2013 Gost – “Skull”
2015 The Arcs – “Yours, Dreamily”
2016 Woods – “City Sun Eater In The River Of Light”
2018 Gost – “Possessor”
2018 Warmduscher – “Whale City”

2019 Dream Theater – “Distance Over Time”
2019 Moon Gloom – “I'll Never Climax”
2020 Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – “Patchouli Blue”
2021 Portugal. The Man, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Chloe – “Steal My Sunshine - Novocaine for the Soul”
2021 Vertical Dreams – “Rhodium Skull”


1968 The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord
1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Sald Surgery
1975 Oliver Nelson - Skull Session
1975 The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits
1976 Steppenwolf - Skullduggery
1977 Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene
1977 The Pirates - Skull Wars
1981 New Math - They Walk Among You
1987 The Flaming Lips - Oh My Gawd the Flaming Lips
1997 Various Artists - Pickin' on the Grateful Dead
2000 Cypress Hills - Skull & Bones
2003 The Murder City Devils - RIP
2005 Felix Laband - Dark Days Exit
2007 Boys Noize - Oi Oi Oi
2011 Skull Snaps - Skull Snaps
2013 Gost - Skull
2015 The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily
2016 Woods - City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
2018 Gost - Possessor
2018 Warmduscher - Whale City
2019 Dream Theater - Distance Over Time
2019 Moon Gloom - I'll Never Climax
2020 Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Patchouli Blue
2021 Portugal. The Man, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Chloe - Steal My Sunshine - Novocaine for the Soul
2021 Vertical Dreams - Rhodium Skull

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