No other album in the history of gothic rock has caused the level of controversy as Christian Death’s Sex And Drugs And Jesus Christ has. This iconic record will be be re-released September 25 as a limited-edition gatefold vinyl by Season of Mist.
From banned and protested gigs to burned records and bomb threats in Germany, the groundbreaking album that sparked controversy also yielded profound substance beyond the symbolic cover.
With well-known tracks like “This Is Heresy” and “Wretched Mankind,” Christian Death weave themes of hypocrisy, corruption, and rebellion against subjugation. The themes of the record seem to resonate with the consequences of, and argument against, oppression in free world.
Christian Death suggest a pursuit for truth regardless of faith and a non-conformity to the status-quo. Or, as Valor Kand has said, “Don’t just take the world as you see it. Research it.”
The groundbreaking album Sex And Drugs And Jesus Christ, which was first released in the U.K. in 1988, had as its original and official cover, the image of what “appears to be” Jesus shooting up something with a needle into his arm.
The album cover was designed and planned by Valor. Brian Neesam photographed the model in the image, a friend of Valor’s known as “Bonano” from Milan, Italy.
Ironically, Bonano was actually at the time a heroin addict. Meanwhile, during the recording of the album in an abandoned London building, Valor had to perform CPR on the girlfriend of Bonano, who was herself, at the time, in the throes of an overdose. Valor’s effort ultimately saved her life.
All of this was a very profound experience for Valor, and thus, this official cover is very important to the band. At the initial time of production, Normal Records in Germay refused to issue the album with the image of Christ-like Bonano appearing to inject something into his arm with a needle.
Normal further acted of their own accord, issuing the album with an alternate cover inspired by a Dutch master’s painting of a three-headed Christ. Nevertheless, this original image was and still is the official cover.
Season Of Mist Records have announced the limited vinyl LP re-issue of this long-out-of-print classic album by the legendary Christian Death. The limited-edition gatefold vinyl will be released September 25 in the following colors: black (600 copies- 1st pressing), dark green (ltd. 300 copies), and clear (ltd. 100 copies).
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