If we've learned anything from our "Banned Album Cover" series it's that pubic hair is bad. Really bad! Just ask the guys in Roxy Music whose album Country Life was also banned for the album cover's display of pubic hair (as well as unclad feminine body parts). So what were the Black Crowes thinking when they released their third album, Amorica (1994), nearly twenty years after Roxy Music's Country Life? Haven't the Crowes learned anything? Pubic hair is bad for album sales!
Some believed that the photo was of a male model who strategically tucked, but it was actually taken from a 1976 Bicentennial issue of Hustler magazine. It's like somebody stuck a bikini bottom over Dr. J's head.
According to singer Chris Robinson who contributes to the cover art for the Black Crowes' records, the cover was "cartoonish and uber-psychedelic" and not particularly offensive. "The most controversial part of it was the flag itself," Robinson has stated.
American Recordings eventually put out an alternative cover that blacked out the offending image. Despite all the hoopla, Amorica eventually reached Gold status in the United States.
Can anybody say Brazilian?