Monday, December 11, 2023

Music Album Covers with a Person Smoking

A mosaic of 30 musical album covers featuring people smoking.
A mosaic of 30 musical album covers featuring people smoking.

Here are 30 album music album covers featuring a person smoking. About one third of the covers are from the 1970s.

Some stats: Smoking in the USA has fallen since 1965 when 42 percent of the adult population were cigarette smokers. As of 2021, the number has fallen to about 12 percent. As of 2023, about 19% of adult people in the world are smokers.

Some thoughts: smoking as “cool” is connected to glamour, sophistication, and iconic Hollowood figures. Smoking projects individuality and non-conformity – or at least that’s how it’s hoped to be perceived. Personally, when we see the smoking images, we think of people who we know that smoke and that dreaded “stench” that follow them around, a decidedly less glamourous, cool, and rebellious.

1970 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower
1973 Harry Nilsson - A Light Touch of Schmilsson
1974 Badfinger - Badfinger
1974 Tom Waits - The Heat of Saturday Night
1975 David Bowie - Young Americans

1976 Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream
1977 Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle
1979 John Mellencamp - John Cougar
1979 Marianne Faithfull - Broken English
1979 Miles Davis - Circle in the Round

1979 Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
1980 John Hiatt - Two Bit Monsters
1980 Loverboy - Loverboy
1982 Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
1982 Sylvester - Do You Wanna Funk

1984 Van Halen - 1984
1987 The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
1988 Noel - Noel
1989 Don Henley - The End of Innocence
1990 Sonic Youth - Goo

1992 Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom
1994 Original Soundtrack - Pulp Fiction
1998 Marianne Faithful - The Seven Deadly Sins
1999 Fred Buscaglione - Il Favoloso
2000 Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

2006 Artic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What Im Not
2015 Curtis Harding - Soul Power
2018 Caroline Rose - Loner
2021 Nick Lowe - The Convincer
2023 13th Ward Social Club - Gainsbourg, Volume One

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