* The image for Music/TheBlackKeys album, ''El Camino'' is [[http://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/black-keys.jpg anything but.]] No vintage muscle car is visible, only a rusted, white van with faux wood paneling.
* The band Music/RoxyMusic always used women on their album covers despite the fact there were no women in the band. They did this because they wanted to evoke exotica covers and magazine covers of the 50s. The fact that Roxy is also a woman's name led a lot of people to buy the albums thinking it was female sung exotica from Latin America, not male sung art rock from England.
* The [[http://www.perrific.com/cds/covers/beck.jpg badass mechanical thing with the horned animal skull with glowing eyes and a fiery red background]] on the cover of Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Mellow Gold'' looks awesome, but is a bit misleading considering most of the music is more folksy than the cover would imply. Some moments of the album are trippy (if not heavy) enough to fit the cover. listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lec_hUZ6dIM Sweet Sunshine]] and see if you can't imagine that thing clanking around to the beat.
** ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lg3n9siN-H0/UIeAMq7xMgI/AAAAAAAAYJo/259npj00sZM/s320/Beck-Sea-Change-Delantera.jpg Sea Change]]'' evokes Music/DavidBowie's ''Music/AladdinSane'' and not the sombre, folky and largely acoustic album it actually is.
* Gary Numan's backing band put out one largely forgotten TheBandMinusTheFace album entitled ''For Future Reference'' under the name Dramatis. While the initial release had [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__ZenZ_-dWB0/SNcx0Fm0ZRI/AAAAAAAABRw/g3G6-svdUnk/s200/fro.jpeg a cover just featuring a photograph of the band]], in 2000 it would be re-released with a cover with [[http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/dre200/e241/e24162qwjlu.jpg one ambiguously shadowy face on it that might or might not be Gary Numan]], and billed as an album called ''The Dramatis Project'' by Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan. In fact Numan only contributed guest vocals for one song, and no members of Tubeway Army, the band that initially brought Numan fame, were involved.
* [[http://betterpropaganda.com/images/artwork/Share_The_Fantasy-godheadSilo_480.jpg This cover]] for the album ''Share the Fantasy'' by Godheadsilo makes it seem like a BlackMetal-esque cover, but the music is really psychedelic noise rock.
* [[http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/172/172212_1_f.jpg This cover]] for the album ''Visit Me'' by R&B group ''Changing Faces''. Which would suggest a lot of sex driven songs. It's not... the album has nothing to do with sexual themes or topics. The album consists of LighterAndSofter R&B songs about relationships and the inherent drama.
* Music/TheKinks' album ''Face to Face'' features an iconic 60s cover that includes a white background, and some pretty psychedelic colors and art. The Kinks' frontman, Ray Davies, has stated that he was never happy with the cover, and that he thought a simple black cover much better suited the style of the album itself.
* Music/DavidBowie's early albums ''Music/SpaceOddity'' and ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' got the TrendCovers treatment after ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' hit it big -- they were reissued with pictures of him as Ziggy on the covers. But while ''Ziggy Stardust'' was GlamRock through and through, those albums were folk rock and HeavyMetal, respectively.
* Nearly every single Super Eurobeat cover lives and breathes this trope, quite notably in ''[[http://www.eurobeat-prime.com/covers/seb175.jpg Super Eurobeat 175]]'', which features upbeat and fun tunes such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-xTpK7n2B4 this.]]
* Famously, the cover for ''Music/LedZeppelinIV'' (which doesn't even feature a title!) shows a significantly weathered image of an old man on a rural road, suggesting that the record was going to be nothing but hippie folk music. While there ''is'' some of that ("The Battle Of Evermore," for instance), the tracks that most people remember from this album are the heavy metal standards "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll" - and "Stairway to Heaven," which actually ''starts out'' as a medieval ballad, but has morphed into a full-blown headbanger by the climax.
** This was entirely intentional, as was leaving out the band's name entirely from the cover. They wanted to show the critics their music could stand on their own without all the hype surrounding them. Of course, everyone knew who made that album anyway, so...
* Some album covers, such as certain editions of Music/FrontLineAssembly's ''Civilization'', list the tracks in the wrong order.
* Music/MyBrightestDiamond's album ''A Thousand Sharks Teeth'' consists of a photo of Shara Worden playing an accordion. There's no accordion to be heard anywhere on the album.
* The cover for Music/{{KISS}} ''Music/CreaturesOfTheNight'' originally featured Ace Frehley, even though he doesn't perform on the album.
** A later re-issue featured an updated band photo on the cover with Bruce Kulick, who doesn't perform on the album either
* Music/NickDrake's ''Music/PinkMoon'' is an extremely sparse, short folk album, but [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3c/NickDrakePinkMoon.jpg the cover]] makes it look more like an avant-garde jazz album.
* A Canadian band who called themselves the "Rainbow Butt Monkeys" released their sole album "Letters from Chutney" with an extremely odd photo of three 50s looking women on lawn mowers. A total lack of monkeys is noticeable, as well as the fact that you would have no idea that this is a straight up grunge record until you started it up. [[http://members.tripod.com/uglee_butterfly/f11_rbm.jpg though seeing the band in the inlay may give you a hint]]. The band later changed their name to Finger Eleven and still release albums.
* The cover of ''Music/PetSounds'' by Music/TheBeachBoys, an experimental BaroquePop ConceptAlbum that would heavily influence ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' among other albums and styles, was packaged with a photo showing the band in matching black, button-down jackets (plus touring member Bruce Johnston) feeding goats at the San Diego Zoo. None of this imagery has anything to do with the mood of the album.
* ''Music/MetalMachineMusic'' by Music/LouReed shows Reed posing in a leather jacket, sunglasses on the nose, looking badass. So you would expect this album to be a rock record, right? Wrong, it's nothing but droning and screeching guitar feedback that is SensoryAbuse to the ears!
* Music/JohnLennon and Music/YokoOno's ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'' and ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions''. ''Two Virgins'' features John and Yoko posing in the nude, yet the music (mostly [[LeaveTheCameraRunning random background noises]] and Yoko Ono's OneWomanWail) has nothing to do with sex or nudity. ''Life With The Lions'' features Lennon alongside Yoko on the cover, but you hardly hear him on the album.
* The cover for the single release of the Music/{{Genesis}} song "The Knife" is a group picture of the classic line-up, including Steve Hackett and Phil Collins, who don't perform on the track in question (the album it came from, ''Trespass'', was made before either of them joined the band, and it featured Anthony Phillips and John Mayhew on guitar and drums, respectively).
* Music/DanielAmos:
** Some editions of ''Music/HorrendousDisc'' had the wrong track listing. The initial pressing for the Canadian market just reused the same sleeve and track listing as the original US version--even though the Canadian version had one less song.
** While shooting the cover photo for ''Music/VoxHumana'', the keyboardist Rob Watson wasn't available. The band got Leo Sorentino (tour manager for Music/TheChoir) to stand in for Watson--even though the two don't look very much alike.
* When "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" was first released as a single on Sugar Hill Records, the cover credited it to Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel: In reality, Melle Mel was the only one of the two credited artists who appeared on the song, as Grandmaster Flash had already left the label a year earlier. That said, there is a version of the song that features both Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash - both rappers made guest appearances on Music/DuranDuran's CoverVersion.

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