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    Posted: February 18 2014 at 06:06
Kansas - Point of Know Return (silly pun of a title; sillier cover artwork; and, a travesty of an album on the coat-tails of the much better 'Leftoverture'...)
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Originally posted by prog4evr

Kansas - Point of Know Return (silly pun of a title; sillier cover artwork; and, a travesty of an album on the coat-tails of the much better 'Leftoverture'...)


I never understood this title. I remember when it came out, I rather liked the album, but the title and the song were just stupid. It's not even a pun, it's just the wrong word.

The cover wasn't bad, but I remember thinking I could have drawn the portraits better and I was 17 at the time.
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When this came out I knew it was time to move on. The '70's were over.Tull always had such a smart visual presence, so woodsy and warm and furry. Here they were trying to be something they weren't, and succeeding. They weren't this. This wasn't Jethro Tull, literally. I've never seen anyone look so awkward as they do on the back cover. "Ok, stand really still, but look like you're running. Now look up in the air, like you're looking at something but you don't know what it is. Eddie, you're looking too far to the left. No, my left, your right. Ok, Martin, you look ridiculous. Get in the truck and look through the window. Um. Good enough. -click-
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^ I looove 'A'. Craney is superb on the drums, Pegg proves he's an awesome bassist (beyond what he does for Fairport), and we have Eddie Jobson providing his amazing keys and violin. Along with Anderson/Barre and there's one heck of a band.
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Originally posted by stegor




Not an album cover, but I prefer this recent photo of The Enid (homage??):


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Originally posted by Tom Ozric

^ I looove 'A'. Craney is superb on the drums, Pegg proves he's an awesome bassist (beyond what he does for Fairport), and we have Eddie Jobson providing his amazing keys and violin. Along with Anderson/Barre and there's one heck of a band.

Tom, we are true kindred spirits!   I love "A" as well.....this album just had to happen for Tull. At the time I felt is was truly refreshing. Lovit.

Oh yes, the cover ...especially the back is hilariously contrived but it's the music that I was interested in.....so I just accepted the imagery as just a blip (on the screen!) and absorbed the great music.
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A is in my top 3 Tull albums.

Well, I will not post here because you know, but have you heard of the album Carnivorous Erection by Regurgitate? Check the album cover.
Another ridiculous NSFW cover: Rompeprop - Hellcock's Pornflakes

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Originally posted by stegor

Originally posted by prog4evr

Kansas - Point of Know Return (silly pun of a title; sillier cover artwork; and, a travesty of an album on the coat-tails of the much better 'Leftoverture'...)


I never understood this title. I remember when it came out, I rather liked the album, but the title and the song were just stupid. It's not even a pun, it's just the wrong word.

The cover wasn't bad, but I remember thinking I could have drawn the portraits better and I was 17 at the time.
 
I read somewhere years ago that Kerry Livgren did that as a joke sort of poking fun at the pretentiousness of musicians who took thought they were deeper than they were.  Really, if you know anything about the original guys in Kansas, they didn't take themselves seriously at all (except maybe Walsh towards the end).  The cheap tuxedos, overalls & flannel shirts, keyboard handstands, Viking helmuts and naked biker roadies dancing on stage were all part of the charm.  Midwest humor is kind of dry and hard to get if you're not from around there.
 
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Most of Squeeze's album covers.
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Originally posted by ClemofNazareth

Originally posted by stegor

Originally posted by prog4evr

Kansas - Point of Know Return (silly pun of a title; sillier cover artwork; and, a travesty of an album on the coat-tails of the much better 'Leftoverture'...)


I never understood this title. I remember when it came out, I rather liked the album, but the title and the song were just stupid. It's not even a pun, it's just the wrong word.

The cover wasn't bad, but I remember thinking I could have drawn the portraits better and I was 17 at the time.
 
I read somewhere years ago that Kerry Livgren did that as a joke sort of poking fun at the pretentiousness of musicians who took thought they were deeper than they were.  Really, if you know anything about the original guys in Kansas, they didn't take themselves seriously at all (except maybe Walsh towards the end).  The cheap tuxedos, overalls & flannel shirts, keyboard handstands, Viking helmuts and naked biker roadies dancing on stage were all part of the charm.  Midwest humor is kind of dry and hard to get if you're not from around there.
 


I did appreciate that side of Kansas. The first time I heard or saw them was on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. I loved how they were almost Yes-like, but at the same time like hicks from Kansas. Walsh also used to wear those dorky gym shorts. No silver capes to be found.

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Thank God for Roger Dean.

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Originally posted by Barbu

The cover of 90125 is pretty cool.

The title is a joke, worst indeed.


The best I ever heard about it was that someone wanted 90126 but after considerable heated debate Squire won 90125.

... don't forget the bland cover for the Solos. Talk was not a good cover. Nasty. Only Roger Dean should do art for Yes covers. That way, if you don't like what whoever is in the band have done, you'll get his art work.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote uduwudu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 23 2014 at 02:45
A favourite (non prog one to hate) that Aphex Twin cover. And for song names - the oh-so ultra Spinal Tap ' Smells Like Teen Spirit'. When I first saw and heard that all them years ago I thought it (the title) was just a bad joke. No change.  BtTw just google worst ever album covers and see what turns up. Then think about starving people and could the money have gone to a better cause.

There aren't really that many good album covers really. Most ok to good, some brilliant and Roger Dean, many too many are... the worst.

I suppose the covers influence sales. This is why I've never... ever ... had the nerve to buy or hear Love Beach. I know I should rise above it, but someone might remember that I did that thing... Confused
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Rick James

Throwin' Down (1982)

I think you'll find that some of the worst album covers in rock history feature people dressed like Conan the Barbarian.
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Has anyone mentioned this yet?
ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
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The worst thing is that it's for a band I really like, id est Dragontears, and possibly my favourite record of theirs.


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I think that these two guys kick your ass if you don't like dance Smile.


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How about Lionel Richie and Liroy- "Hello" ?
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Originally posted by Barbu

The cover of 90125 is pretty cool.

The title is a joke, worst indeed.
 
Really just lazy.  They weren't the only ones of course...
 
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