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Variations on a Theme: Bananas!

There are a bunch of banana themed album covers out there in album cover land (pun intended). In fact, there are thousands of them. Boring fruit salad, dessert-themed, split-in-a-sundae uninspiring concepts, many with accompanying names and titles such as the Peel Sessions or Go Bananas. And yet, many others merely include a stock standard yellow banana, and fewer still a prominent one.

Let's face it. There's not much you can do with a banana, or a can of soup, or Marilyn Monroe, or Mickey Mouse. Isn't that right Mr Warhol? As a teaser for an upcoming "Noah's Ark: Monkeys" post, here is a small collection of "bananas" I consider important, different or well skinned... err... peeled... err... done.

First up, is what has to be, in my opinion, the album cover world's sexiest banana, courtesy of The Dandy Warhols, The cover of their fourth album is a tribute to The Velvet Underground's debut album (see last image) and an homage to Andy Warhol. But oh my, that is one nice looking zipper, skintight jumpsuit, unblemished flesh, and great curves... the Liz Hurley of bananas!

The Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House (2003)

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Buy Now And here we have Katy Perry using a banana as a phone. She also does this with a watermelon in an alternate cover. Silly girl! Everyone knows watermelons are only for tweeting! Cris Rea flaunts no banana, just a banana skin, and the members of James chow into some (an average Cavendish banana is around 90 to 100 calories). And a Velvet Underground compilation album which, like Welcome to the Monkey House, pays tribute to their debut album.

Katy Perry - Hot n Cold (2008) thumbBuy Now  Chris Rea - God's Great Banana Skin (1992)thumb Buy Now
James
Laid (1993)
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  Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground
Best of (1995)
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The album cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico is recognizable for featuring a Warhol print. Early copies of the album (now rare collector's items) invited the owner to "Peel slowly and see"; peeling back the banana skin revealed a flesh-colored banana underneath. Largely ignored upon it's release, the album has since become one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rock albums in history, ranked at #13 by Rolling Stone in their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The Velvet Undergound - The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

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