To mark the passing of Swiss artist and record cover designer H.R. Giger who died earlier this week, we look back at 20 of his most iconic sleeves.
Immortalised in in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi epic Alien for which he and his team won an academy award, Hans Rudolf Giger's robo-organic (or as he called them, ‘biomechanical') hybrids have placed him among the most instantly recognisable artists of his generation.
Yet in his extensive work as a cover artist for psych, prog and metal bands with whom his thrilling aesthetic fitted like a spikey metal face mask, there can be few artists whose sleeve designs have so polarised reaction from the establishment. On the one hand, his best known works - the humanoid Debby Harry adorning her 1981 breakaway album KooKoo and Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery - both appear in Rolling Stones magazine's top 100 album covers list, while on the other, perhaps his most infamous - the heavily censored poster insert to The Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist - landed Jello Biafra in court and all but bankrupted his Alternative Tentacles imprint in the process.