You might remember these guys if for no other reason than their ability to get knocked down before getting back up again, and telling everyone about said exploits in extremely catchy but equally annoying song form. As it turns out, they also had other songs too; a whole career of them in fact. They clearly got a bit soft later in their career, having gone from playing anarcho-punk stuff to varying stages incorporating pop music, world music and folk.
The band’s lyrics weren’t always about the aforementioned knocking down and getting up again. Quite often they tackled lefty issues such as homophobia, fascism, animal rights, class struggle, feminism, gay liberation and pop culture. So it’s only natural that the album cover depicts a vagina with a baby poking its head out, right?
Hang on, what? A close up of a vagina giving birth? Yes. And nobody knows why. What we do know however, is that this type of thing wasn’t going to be accepted as okay by most corners of society, despite being an image of perhaps the most natural thing in the world (we are a strange and prudish bunch us humans).
Released in 1994, Anarchy was banned by many record shops for its graphic cover art. Other places put it in a sleeve in order to sell it. You know, just so there weren’t heads protruding from vaginas all over the place. It is for the same reasons that we won’t include an image of the original artwork here, but you can Google it if you really want to see it. You might learn something about anatomy, or you could become somewhat disturbed.
So given the controversy and the fact that all these record stores refused to sell the thing, the record was re-released with a cover that looked like it could be an audiobook on gardening. It was just flowers, and none of said flowers even remotely looked like a vagina. Of course, the original artwork is now a collector’s item. There is no word of how the child is doing although, the album Tubthumper, released a few years later, does include an image of a baby looking pretty happy with himself….