Role: Director, Producer, & Editor
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”
When being creative, one of the hardest things to do is to quiet the voice in your head that tells you that your ideas are terrible.
Often, this voice is correct—most ideas ARE bad. But the thing is: you can’t get to the GOOD ideas unless you get through the BAD ones first. And getting through the bad ones means ignoring that voice for a little while—long enough for you to get a little momentum going. The irony is that this voice (in addition to being a total dick) is also a great editor, so it’s important to remember to turn the volume back up when you’re ready to sharpen an idea.
Except sometimes you forget to do that.
Instead of making improvements, you soar blissfully on to the conclusion of the project, never aware of the humiliation that awaits. This is avoidable: sometimes you catch a sideways glimpse and snap into action, pulling up on the nose at the last possible moment. But sometimes you don’t, and you crash into the side of the mountain, smiling like a moron.
I love these failures. They are as good as the successes in my opinion. And one of my favorite places to look for them is album covers. Rock n Roll—a bastion of cool self-confidence—provides endless fodder for half-baked creative decisions, and tacky, over-the-top posturing. Add in time, and a huge portion of LP covers trend towards terrible. Head to any used record store and see for yourself. They are a gift that keeps on giving.
In honor of this, my friend Raymo and I scoured the internet for our 12 favorite "worst album covers" and created a zany music video for my friend Moon Bounce.
Each one of the covers you see is a real reference—some famous, some obscure. Can you name them all?
Photos by Emily Bucholz