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Covers Always Lie: Music
  • The image for The Black Keys album, El Camino is anything but. No vintage muscle car is visible, only a rusted, white van with faux wood paneling.
  • The band Roxy Music 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 badass mechanical thing with the horned animal skull with glowing eyes and a fiery red background on the cover of 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 Sweet Sunshine and see if you can't imagine that thing clanking around to the beat.
    • Sea Change evokes David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and not the sombre, folky and largely acoustic album it actually is.
  • Gary Numan's backing band put out one largely forgotten The Band Minus the Face album entitled For Future Reference under the name Dramatis. While the initial release had a cover just featuring a photograph of the band, in 2000 it would be re-released with a cover with 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.
  • This cover for the album Share the Fantasy by Godheadsilo makes it seem like a Black Metal-esque cover, but the music is really psychedelic noise rock.
  • 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 Lighter and Softer R&B songs about relationships and the inherent drama.
  • The Kinks' 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.
  • David Bowie's early albums Space Oddity and The Man Who Sold the World got the Trend Covers treatment after The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars hit it big — they were reissued with pictures of him as Ziggy on the covers. But while Ziggy Stardust was Glam Rock through and through, those albums were folk rock and Heavy Metal, respectively.
  • Nearly every single Super Eurobeat cover lives and breathes this trope, quite notably in Super Eurobeat 175, which features upbeat and fun tunes such as this.
  • Famously, the cover for Led Zeppelin IV (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 Front Line Assembly's Civilization, list the tracks in the wrong order.
  • My Brightest Diamond'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 KISS "Creatures of the Night" 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
  • Nick Drake's Pink Moon is an extremely sparse, short folk album, but the cover makes it look more like an avant-garde jazz album.
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