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* ''Undermind'' by Music/{{Phish}}, which adds a purple tint and a grainy effect to the pictures. The cover was an intentional call-back to ''Let It Be'' because it was intended as Phish's last album, but the band wound up reuniting five years later.


The cover of an album has various squares, each with a band members' face in them. Most commonly done with four squares, one in each corner, though variations with more or less are still fairly common. Commonly used on singles, [=EPs=], and {{Greatest Hits Album}}s.

The four-square variation is frequently a StockShoutOut to either Music/TheBeatles' album ''Music/LetItBe'' or Creator/AndyWarhol's ''Shot Marilyns'', four portraits of Creator/MarilynMonroe painted in a riot of different colors, usually displayed in a grid.[[note]]The name comes from each canvas having been shot between the eyes by performance artist Dorothy Podber.[[/note]]

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The cover of an album has various squares, each with a band members' face in them. Most commonly done with four squares, one in each corner, though variations with more or less are still fairly common. Similar shapes (rectangles, parallelograms, etc.) still count, and the squares may be slightly offset. Commonly used on singles, [=EPs=], and {{Greatest Hits Album}}s.

The four-square variation is frequently a StockShoutOut to either Music/TheBeatles' album ''Music/LetItBe'' or Creator/AndyWarhol's ''Shot Marilyns'', four five portraits of Creator/MarilynMonroe painted in a riot of different colors, usually displayed in a grid.grid of four.[[note]]The name comes from each canvas having been shot between the eyes by performance artist Dorothy Podber.[[/note]]


* ''All Killer No Filler'' by ''Sum41'' features a 4x4 grid of the band members in unfortunate-looking still-frames.

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* ''All Killer No Filler'' by ''Sum41'' ''[=Sum41=]'' features a 4x4 grid of the band members in unfortunate-looking still-frames.

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* [[https://nookipedia.com/w/images/f/f1/AlbumArt-Fusion.png The cover of the in-game song "K.K. Fusion"]] from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'', featuring K.K. Slider and various townspeople. The squares are slanted slightly, but it still counts.


** The digital releases of their fifth album ''Humanz'' features art of the band members in similar fashion to ''Demon Days'' before it.

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** The digital releases of their fifth album ''Humanz'' features art of the band members in similar fashion to ''Demon Days'' before it.it, but with an ArtShift to 3d model versions of them.



* ''Hot Space'' by Music/{{Queen}} (the one with "[[Music/DavidBowie Under Pressure]]" on it).

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* ''Hot Space'' by Music/{{Queen}} (the one with "[[Music/DavidBowie Under Pressure]]" has the band's translucent heads on it).a solid, [[Creator/AndyWarhol Warhol-esque]] background.



* ''Music/RemainInLight'' by Music/TalkingHeads.

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* ''Music/RemainInLight'' by Music/TalkingHeads.
Music/TalkingHeads adds a red digitally-added mask over each of the band members.


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* ''All Killer No Filler'' by ''Sum41'' features a 4x4 grid of the band members in unfortunate-looking still-frames.


* ''Music/EmotionalRescue'' by Music/TheRollingStones features thermal images of the band members, albeit in a more uneven rectangular format.



* Marshmello's remix EP for his single "Alone" spoofs the Brady Bunch opening titles with a set of nine squares including himself, similarly-styled versions of each remixer, and the Monstercat mascot.

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* Marshmello's Music/{{Marshmello}}'s remix EP for his single "Alone" spoofs the ''[[Series/TheBradyBunch Brady Bunch Bunch]]'' opening titles with a set of nine squares including himself, similarly-styled versions of each remixer, and the Monstercat mascot.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from the top left: ''Music/LetItBe'' by Music/TheBeatles, ''Music/DemonDays'' by Music/{{Gorillaz}}, ''Music/RemainInLight'' by Music/TalkingHeads, and ''Hot Space'' by Music/{{Queen}}.]]

The cover of an album has various squares, each with a band members' face in them. Most commonly done with four squares, one in each corner, though variations with more or less are still fairly common. Commonly used on singles, [=EPs=], and {{Greatest Hits Album}}s.

The four-square variation is frequently a StockShoutOut to either Music/TheBeatles' album ''Music/LetItBe'' or Creator/AndyWarhol's ''Shot Marilyns'', four portraits of Creator/MarilynMonroe painted in a riot of different colors, usually displayed in a grid.[[note]]The name comes from each canvas having been shot between the eyes by performance artist Dorothy Podber.[[/note]]

Subtrope of FaceOnTheCover.
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!Examples with four squares:
* ''Music/TheBeatles'':
** ''Music/LetItBe'', as mentioned above.
** The [[CutAndPasteTranslation American version]] of ''Music/AHardDaysNight'' used a similar cover that only showed the Beatles' foreheads.
* ''The Best Of'' by Music/{{Blur}}, their GreatestHitsAlbum. Damon Albarn in his pre-Gorillaz days takes the bottom left square.
* The self-titled debut EP by electronic duo Galantis features four squares with variants of the band's Seafox mascot.
* ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'':
** ''Music/DemonDays'', a homage to the Beatles.
** The digital releases of their fifth album ''Humanz'' features art of the band members in similar fashion to ''Demon Days'' before it.
* ''Let it Be'' by Music/GreenJelly is a parody of the Beatles' album above, replacing the Beatles' faces with Green Jelly members [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and a bedsheet]].
* ''Hot Space'' by Music/{{Queen}} (the one with "[[Music/DavidBowie Under Pressure]]" on it).
* ''Music/RemainInLight'' by Music/TalkingHeads.

!Examples with some other number of squares:
* The original UK version of ''Music/AHardDaysNight'' has various squares filled with pictures of Music/TheBeatles.
* ''Furthermore: From the Studio, From the Stage'' by Music/JarsOfClay has the cover divided into 16 squares. Some of them are photos of the band members, and some are random scenery shots.
* Marshmello's remix EP for his single "Alone" spoofs the Brady Bunch opening titles with a set of nine squares including himself, similarly-styled versions of each remixer, and the Monstercat mascot.
* With only one member in the form of Andre Allen Anjos, RAC's ''EGO'' foregoes including photos of the band in favor of an abstract sculpture, but achieves a similar effect by being split into a set of individual squares.
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