As a rule, high-end food photography is supposed to make you hungry. Give the food some soft light, frame it carefully and from just the right distance and it'll look even better on film than it does on your plate.
But then there's the strange alternate reality of album covers, where diesel #2 stands in for coffee, meat is decontextualized, and spaghetti is treated with a nauseating close-up. And that's all short of mentioning the worst thing music ever did to a great food: The Bacon Brothers.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the 10 best uses of food in album art:
10. Jason & The Scorchers -- Clear Impetuous Morning
"How's about a high-octane refill, sugar?"
9. Eleven Hundred Springs - Country Jam
It's a painting of jam. Mmm, jam. Delicious jam. Not sure what "country" tastes like, but one would assume bacon is involved.
8. Sponge - Rotting Pinata
"Sixteen [candy corns] down the drain! Tha draaaaaaaaain!"
7. Guns 'N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident?
Not sure why there's a question mark, because clearly there's been some sort of heinous incident involving Chef Boyardee and his bisketti.
6. Jan & Dean - Popsicle
Model: Nellie Olsen. Photo director: Roman Polanski.
5. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico
That shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
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4. Supertramp - Breakfast In America
Look at that background of whitewashed condiments--Jay-Z totally stole his album cover from Supertramp! Kidding. For real though, it's kinda cool that the Statue of Liberty is serving Sunny D, but also kinda creepy.
3. Flying Burrito Brothers - Burrito Deluxe
Said Sneaky Pete that fateful night, "You know, Gram Parsons, I just can't think of one good reason why you shouldn't Bedazzle a burrito."
2. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
Who doesn't want their wedding cake to come complete with a layer of Rolling Stones masters?
1. Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights
An often parodied classic. Legend tells that the album title was originally just Whipped Cream, but was then changed after the cover shoot...the Other Delights not-so-loosely referring to the 257.5 whip-it cartridges used in--and after--staging.