Famous First Drafts: Rejected First Versions Of 15 Iconic Album Covers

by (@JordanRuntagh)

5. Kill ‘Em All by Metallica (1983)

[Photo: Megaforce]

[Photo: Megaforce]

Metallica celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut Kill ‘Em All¬†just a few weeks back, but originally they had a different title in mind. Oh, and a different cover too…

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Yup, that’s a sword sticking out of a toilet. A+ for originality. But it also got an A+ for vulgarity, and the offended record company refused to put out an album that that title or artwork. So they went with Kill ‘Em All,¬†which you could argue summed up their feelings toward the execs.

 

4. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi (1986)

[Photo: Mercury Records]

[Photo: Mercury Records]

While most of these cover rejections have to do with controversial artwork, censorship and other intense themes, this one is a bit simpler. Jon Bon Jovi apparently just hated the pink border! So the wet t-shirt cover was given the elbow in favor of a wet black plastic bag. We have to admit, we kind of question that marketing logic. He must have REALLY hated pink!

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