Hot coffee + brandy + tranquilizers + turpentine = Houses of the Holy
July 25, 2010 2:28 PM Subscribe
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"Although a fan of Led Zeppelin, Stefan [Gates] confesses he has never listened to Houses Of The Holy, which was released in 1973. 'It carries too much significance for me,' he said. 'A part of me wants to go out to the Giant's Causeway with a big pair of speakers, strip naked and play it just to see if I have some kind of great epiphany
.'" Gates, a well-known British food writer and television presenter was, with his older sister, one of the children photographed
for the album cover
which features them naked and covered in automobile paint
, climbing over the Giant's Causeway
in Northern Ireland.
Originally the album was released with just a paper sleeve with the band and album name
covering the most prominent butt, however the album cover was banned in Spain and parts of the US and re-released with the "ass-sticker" design. More details from the photo shoot
. See also: Best albums with nude covers and the stories behind
. Some links contain nudity.
Gates did finally listen to the album
, but copyright restrictions keep the radio program from being rebroadcast. (Previously