Lots of album covers are bad, but not all bad album covers are awkward. Bad album covers run the gamut from cheesy photoshopped space scenes to overwrought hair-metal machismo, but an awkward album cover should exhibit some combination of bad judgment, bad lighting, and bad fashion sense. If looking at any of this artwork feels uncomfortable, imagine how the photographer felt.15) Ken Snyder, By Request Only
Don't let its low standing fool you: this album belongs in the pantheon of terrible album artwork, but even Ken's leisure suit isn't nearly as awkward what's to come.
14) Roger Troutman, The Many Facets of Roger
Many facets, sure, but only one unsightly patch of chest hair.
13) Jim Post, I Love My Life
But what we all love is that mustache.
12) Country Church, Country Church
Middle America's first contribution to this list looks like an outtake from awkwardfamilyphotos.com.
11) John Bult, Suzie's Sixteenth Birthday
And its second looks like an outtake from Jerry Springer.
10) Bloodhound Gang, Hefty Fine
To Bloodhound Gang's credit, the picture is a fairly accurate representation of the music.
9) Leonard Nimoy, The Touch of Leonard Nimoy
It's hard to imagine this created any new Star Trek fans.
8) Freddie Gage, All My Friends Are Dead
7) Orleans, Waking and Dreaming
It wasn't funny back then, and it wasn't funny when the Red Hot Chili Peppers did it 20 years later.
6) Tino, Por Primera Vez
Possession of this album art is considered a felony in most states and can only lead to a sit-down with Chris Hansen.
5) The Frivolous Five, Sour Cream and Other Delights
I, for one, have no interest in finding out what "Other Delights" refers to.
4) The Ministers' Quartet, Let Me Touch Him
[Too afraid to make a joke.]
3) Joyce Drake, Joyce
From the perm to the rose to the I'm-staring-into-your-soul death glare, Joyce approaches awkward-album-cover perfection.
2) The Braillettes, Our Hearts Keep Singing
If this cover makes you laugh, you might be a terrible person.
1) Herbie Mann, Push Push
Herbie Mann was a record-label executive and prolific jazz flutist, but based on this picture, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume he's about to use that flute for unsavory purposes.