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Traumafession:: Rob S. on a Three Dog Night-mare

December 10th, 2019 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

Hi, guys! This is truly my favorite site. Keep it going forever, please! I have a Traumafession for you that I’d be surprised if no one else my age could relate to. When I was growing up in the 70’s, my parents had an extensive album collection that I would browse through from time to time and one of their favorite bands was Three Dog Night. There was an album of theirs called Hard Labor with a really bizarre and horrifying cover. It was a picture of a hospital operating room with some kind of weird mannequin/alien being with bird-like feet giving birth to a record album with a roomful of attending medical staff crowded around. At least that was the original album cover before the record company made them cover the lower third of the album with a huge plastic Band-Aid…..which made the image even more mysterious and frightening!

That cover with the Band-Aid was the source of many a nightmare when I was a kid….but, of course, I still had to look at it when I felt particularly daring. The image on the back of the album wasn’t much better, depicting the “mannequin/alien” thing on a carousel. Whoever thought that was a good image to slap on the band’s cover was on some pretty good drugs! That cover has always stayed with me, I included here the original cover, the back cover, and the Band-Aid cover that scarred my fragile psyche.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Dec 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Great traumafession Rob S.!!! I can’t believe the record company thought that Band-Aid helped matters!

  • 2 goofygrapeNo Gravatar // Dec 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

    This is fascinating, never seen this album cover. Truly frightening, kind of like the Beatles “Butcher baby”.

  • 3 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Dec 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Good one Rob! Hiding the horror under a Band Aid never works – when will they learn? I did a ‘Fession a while back on this very topic and can very much relate to the horror of 70’s album covers. I suspect that we are in the same geenral age bracket (approaching “hoary”).

  • 4 robstercrawsNo Gravatar // Dec 12, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Chuckles72: “Long-in-the-tooth” would be another apt description, unfortunately. I was born in ’70. I read your ‘Fession a while ago and it’s what made me think of mine. I never found the Queen cover “scary” per se, but I did find it fascinating. Spent lots of time studying that one. I wasn’t aware of the Sabbath and Funkadelic covers until I was in my teens. My parents didn’t listen to anything THAT cool! I’m sure if I think on it, I could come up with some other relatively innocuous things from the 70’s that frightened me. The 70’s were pretty scary in general!

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