The glittery fall-out from Adam Lambert’s campy For Your Entertainment album cover reveal continues. Lambert woke up this morning (after spending part of his evening at the “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” premiere), and took to Twitter to defend his artistic vision.
The “Idol” rocker wrote, “Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It’s an homage to the past. It IS ridiculous. For those that don’t get it: oh well. Glad to have gotten your attention.” He closed with, “Androgyny. Rock n roll.”
He’s right. The androgynous look and science-fiction influence were both very much a part of the glam rock movement in the ’70s, even spilling into the early ’80s with New York City-based artist (and personal fave) Klaus Nomi. Lambert’s makeup on the For Your Entertainment cover seems more of a throwback to ’80s glam rock, however, when bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe made cross-dressing as American a pasttime as baseball and apple pie. It’s less androgynous and more drag. I agree with Michael K at Dlisted.com, who snarkily pointed out that Lambert’s look is way more Nina Flowers than David Bowie.
I’m still on the fence as to whether I like Adam’s album cover. On one hand, I’m stoked that he’s making such a bold statement. (Just think of how epic it will be when hundreds of those will be displayed in every Wal-Mart.) On the other hand, if he’s truly trying to pay tribute to his glam rock forefathers, I’m not sure he’s entirely successful. The execution reminds me of something I’d see on the hood of a car. (Or, even worse, this.)
But head-scratching graphic design is nothing new for “American Idol” album art. As we mentioned last night, the pop culture force has a long history of giving their artists the short end of the CD artwork stick. We premiered part one of our “Top 11 Most Insane Idol Album Covers” flipbook yesterday, and now we are happy to present the conclusion.
Take a break from defending (or bashing) Lambert’s CD art and feast your eyes on this:
A thousand rounds of applause to digital producer Sohyung Kang for being a Photoshop genius, and for dreaming up this cray-cray idea in the first place!
Which insane album cover is your favorite? How does Lambert’s stack up against the other cuckoo “Idol” albums? And how stoked are you to hear Adam’s CD when it hits stores November 23? Leave your thoughts in the comments!