Virgin Killer Strikes Again

Censorship and Wikipedia are two subjects near and dear to my librarian heart, which is why my curiosity was piqued after reading about the latest Wikipedia censorship dilemma.

According to the BBC, the British watchdog group "Internet Watch Foundation" recently moved to block access to a Wikipedia entry about the Scorpions' 1976 album Virgin Killer. The album cover depicts a young naked girl in a provocative pose. Even though the album is 30 years old, the cover still courts controversy, but what about the music? Thanks to the power of YouTube, you can judge for yourself. Here's a link to the tune "Backstage Queen" from Virgin Killer. Has the IWF considered censoring the music as well? I kid! The song's actually not too bad.

This may be a silly observation but I seem to recall several controversial semi-nude album covers that emerged from the '60s and '70s, including Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy and Blind Faith's Blind Faith. If you're's a list of other controversial album covers.



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