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World’s Worst Record Album Covers

I think my favourite exhibition of 2024 is already on the horizon. Its self-explanatory title is ‘World’s Worst Record Album Covers’ and you can see it at the wonderful Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery in Alnwick from this February.

As I type I’m listening to an album called ‘Disco do Fofão 2’. A 1985 release, it’s the work of Fofão (a fictional Brazilian children’s TV character) and it sounds like a bunch of chipmunks being jammed into a Kenwood Chef while a warthog farts along to a sugary beat. It’s bad, yes, but not as bad as the album’s sleeve, which depicts Fofão – a kind of testicle-faced yeti – holding a bunch of balloons. And this sleeve is just one of over 500 dreadful record sleeves that Steve Goldman has collected over the years. He says: “To get into my collection the covers have to be unintentionally funny. I want a record where the designers have tried to do something that’s gone horribly wrong. And it all has to be good clean family fun.” At the exhibition you will also be able to hear what the records sound like (shudder) and there will be a vote for the very worst covers. There will also be plenty of kids’ activities too. It’s not often that an exhibition leaves you snorting with laughter, but this one is the gold standard on that front. RM

World Worst Record Album Covers, 7 February-21 April, Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick,