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11 Coolest Album Packages

Forget the music, the creative packaging for these records is their best part.

1. Public Image Limited: Metal Box

As the title says, Johnny Rotten’s post-Sex Pistols band put out it’s 1979 record in a plain metal round box.

2. Science Vs Witchcraft: It’s Not Necrophilia If You’re Dead Too

Packaged in an empty floppy disc

3. Dead Kennedys: In God We Trust, Inc

The second side of the tape is left blank purposely to screw over the recording industry, who discouraged home taping.

4. Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space (Special Edition)

The medicine-pack inspired packaging contained 12 separate mini-CDs (remember those?), one for each track. Each mini-disc popped out of a pill-style blister pack.

5. The Durutti Column: Return of the Durutti Column

The cover of this Factory Records release was entirely sandpaper, designed to scratch and destroy the album cover of whatever sat next to it on the shelf.

6. The Misfits: The Mistfits

Appropriately, a coffin-shaped box set.

7. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers

Designed by Andy Warhol, the cover featured a working zipper. The photo is not of Mick Jagger, as is often assumed, but of one of Warhol’s models.

8. Lemonade: Pure Moods

This release from True Panther Sounds is available on a working USB rubber bracelet.

9. Alice Cooper: School’s Out

A flip-top desk revealed

10. John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Wedding Album

A play on the word “album”, it contained a replica marriage certificate, a photo of their wedding cake, and other wedding related items.

11. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico

Early editions had a special sticker of the Andy Warhol banana print that users could peel back.

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