Awesome Album Covers: Pink Floyd’s “Animals”

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Pink Floyd - Animals (Columbia, 1977)

Pink Floyd – Animals (Columbia, 1977)

Animals, the tenth studio album to be recorded by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pink Floyd[/lastfm], was the band’s commentary on the social conditions in Great Britain during the 1970s. When it came to design a cover, the idea of a pig floating over the Battersea Power Station was that of bassist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Roger Waters[/lastfm].

At Waters’ insistence, the photo shoot for the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals needed to include a “real pig.”

In this case, “real” meant an inflatable 30-foot porker named Algie, created by artist Jeffrey Shaw and German Zeppelin manufacturer, Ballon Fabrik. As the story goes, Algie was inflated on December 2, 1976 but, due to inclement weather, the session was scrapped. Band manager Steve O’Rourke neglected to hire the marksman who was on hand for Day One (to insure Algie’s death should he/she have decided to make a quick getaway.)

Sure enough, Algie broke free on Day 2 and ended up landing in a field in nerby Kent, infuriating a farmer whose cows were quite taken aback by the landing. A third shooting was done but earlier photographs of the building turned out better. Waters insistence that a pig not be stripped into the photo became a necessity and Algie wasn’t asked back for another session.

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