From the Stacks

From The Stacks: Ariel – Starbody EP

I picked this up for a buck at a local record store figuring that it would be a fine edition to the Controversial Album Cover Gallery.  Surely an album cover featuring manga characters twisted into various activities must have rated a complaint or two, right?

Well, not in this case.  In fact, I can barely find any information on this album at all.  There are a few for sale here and there, but apparently Ariel never built a fan base large enough to justify an intergooglewebtubes presence.  I was so desperate for info that I was reduced to cribbing from an eBay listing:

Very rare and hard to find.  Ariel was a short-term project by Miguel Depedro (before he became KID 606) and V from Spacewurm and was released on Vinyl Communications in 1997.  Features the tracks:  “Blaze,”  “Solong,”  “No One Else Can See You” and “Ascent Into Now.”

I guess the moral of the story is that sex doesn’t always sell; or maybe it’s that if you want to feature cartoon sex on your album cover without controversy make sure that you stay a small band.  I don’t know.

Asking prices range from fifteen to sixty bucks American, but if you’re just in it for the cover you can find free manga porn-a-plenty.  I mean, um, I’ve heard you can.

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