In Whitesnake’s early days, they had some really cool album covers. Both the UK and US versions of Trouble were pretty cool. The UK version (pictured) looks like a rub-on tattoo you’d get out of a 50 cent vending machine, and the ’80s kid in me appreciates that. Lovehunter was a sexy cover depicting a naked woman wrapped up by/riding a giant snake. Surely an image worthy of being airbrushed onto the side of a van! Come An’ Get It is also an interesting airbrushed piece of art featuring a green snake all wrapped up inside an apple just waiting to strike out with its poisonous fangs. Slide It In has the band returning to the imagery of a woman’s assets by having a snake sliding down into a woman’s cleavage. Even the logo that all of these albums share is pretty cool as it’s just one extremely long snake spelling out “Whitesnake”.
That brings us to the band’s self-titled album from 1987 (which for some reason was actually titled 1987 for European and the Australian markets). A new logo and a weathered emblem with the initials “WS” on what I have always assumed to be a cracked wall, but it could just as easily be a tombstone or sidewalk I suppose! It’s a good album cover in its own right. This era was a turning point for when Coverdale got more serious about the band having a modern commercial appeal and it shows here. The album cover is not only classic, but classy. It’s definitely one of the memorable album covers from the 1980s in my opinion.