Cheesecake Album Covers

Cheesecake album covers: sexy or sexist?

Whatever your answer, you are correct. Album cover designers have used women to sell records as long as there have been records. In the days before the intergooglewebtubes, the local record store was as good of a place as any for a guy to catch a cheap thrill.

But what qualifies a sleeve as “cheesecake”? Some collectors draw the line at pin-up like album covers in a mid-20th century style. I agree that those are the top of the heap (of the cake?), but to my eye that definition is too limited. Entire genres and decades are immediately disqualified by such a narrow categorization. On the other hand, “any album cover featuring a pretty lady” is way too broad.

My line lands somewhere between those two extremes. For me the test is simply this: Is the album cover an appeal to the crotch rather than the ear? There you go–in my collection that constitutes a cheesecake album cover.