Album covers are some of the most enduring pop culture artifacts we have. They’ve become so intertwined with music that it’s almost impossible to imagine what an iconic album would be like without its equally iconic cover. Would Nirvana’s Nevermind be as popular without the naked baby on the cover? No way.
But no matter how memorable these album covers are, they were still made by human beings who were living otherwise normal lives. Don’t the mundane aspects of musicians’ lives deserve to be remembered, too? And that’s where Russian photoshop wizard Igor Lipchanskiy comes in.
He’s the creator of a humorous photo project that imagines what was happening just outside the frames of famous album covers. First published on Bored Panda, Lipchanskiy’s series makes your favorite albums about 1,000% less cool…and about 1,000% more funny.
1. Emergency Air Freshener
The Eminem Show, Eminem (2002)
Willpower, Will.i.am (2013)
3. Blot, Don’t Wipe
Born to Die, Lana Del Rey (2012)
4. Mac And Me
Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Mac Miller (2013)
5. Throwing Elbows
Bookends, Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
6. Gillette: The Best A Man Can Get
The Best of The Doors, The Doors (1985)
7. Clean Up Crew
All Time Low, Dirty Work (2011)
8. The Exorcist
Approaching Normal, Blue October (2009)
9. Third Wheel
Double Fantasy, John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1980)
10. The Pickpocket
Christmas with Frank Sinatra and Friends, (2009)
11. Tune Up
Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1979)
The Best Damn Thing, Avril Lavigne (2007)
13. Somebody To Lean On
21, Adele (2011)
14. Go For The Gold!
End of the Century, The Ramones (1980)
15. Can You Turn Around, Please?
Mind How You Go, Skye Edwards (2006)
h/t: Bored Panda