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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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goofygrape
goofygrape
10 months ago

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

Chuckles72
Chuckles72
10 months ago

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”).

https://www.kindertrauma.com/traumafessions-kinderpal-chuckles-on-70s-lp-covers/

robstercraws
robstercraws
10 months ago

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!