Question: What could offend consumers and retailers more than vagina pie?
Answer: a tunnel of asses. It's like seeing Goatse for the first time and being unable to close your browser window.
Kevin Rowland - My Beauty
Kevin Rowland is the man responsible for the insanely singable, "Come on Eileen." On this solo offering, he decided to show the world just how awkward drag can be when the guy dressing up half-suspects he looks ridiculous. The self-conscious way he clutches the purse to his body and the apparent refusal to shave his sad teenager sideburns combine to make him look less iconoclastic and more like he's been the victim of a prank. Plus, it totally ruins the illusion that the title of his only hit was a subtle bukake reference.
The Scorpions - Virgin Killer
It should have been obvious to everyone involved with Virgin Killer that an album cover depicting a nude minor would cause quite a bit of controversy. Indeed, when most sophisticated societies are exposed to a naked child being used for the purpose of financial gain they tend to flip their collective shit. Of course, The Scorpions are from Germany.
Above: A good idea at the time.
The image was designed by then RCA product manager Steffan Bohle and according to the band's bass player the girl was Bohle's "daughter or niece." Maybe there's some sort of cultural barrier but we like to think that when a grown man asks his own daughter or niece to undress for a photo shoot at least one person in the room would object.
Albums with the original cover were quickly pulled in most regions and reissued with this cover instead:
As you can see, most of the band are celebrating because they weren't arrested on child pornography charges, while the dude with the mustache seems to have just been shown the child porn cover for the first time.
For more examples of poor, misguided millionaire musicians, check out 6 Singers Who Are Mistaken About Their Raw Sexuality. Or find out which musicians couldn't even be trusted to name themselves in The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History.