Why do the censors find the human body to be so offensive? To them, nips and pubes aren't erotic they're especially repugnant. They must have had a field day with the cover to Roxy Music's fourth album, Country Life (1974).
The album's title was intended to parody an upscale glamor magazine. Bryan Ferry, the band's singer, keyboardist and principal songwriter, borrowed the title from the British lifestyle magazine Country Life.
Ferry met the two models who grace the cover, Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald, while he was vacationing in Portugal. The singer asked them to pose for the cover as well as assist him with the lyrics to "Bitter-Sweet." They obliged on both accounts.
Photographer Eric Boman's shot of the two scantily-clad women was considered highly indecent in several countries such as the United States, Spain and the Netherlands. At first, the LP was wrapped in a green package, while subsequent reissues replaced the models with a photograph from the album's back cover that featured a shrub.
Eric Boman reflects: “When we looked at the film back in London, I got the feeling that Bryan wasn’t very happy. I think there was a lack of the slickness that he was used to, but gradually everyone realised that there was another quality, hard to put your finger on, of ambiguity and, as we now call it ‘rawness’ that worked. I think we were all surprised when the cover became such a classic.”
Doesn't a shrub make for a more decent album cover?