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Album Art Lover: Cats

Date July 27, 2010

“A dog is very easy to break, but cats make you work for their affection. They don’t sell out the way dogs do.”

I was thinking about how indie band’s obsession with cats (at least 5 indie albums from this year alone have the domestic felines on the cover) and then I thought about the above quote spoken by Robert De Niro in Meet The Parents. Are cats the indie to dogs’ mainstream? They certainly are the less popular, less accessible and arguably quirkier of the two pets. Food for thought.

Anyway, all this kitty albums craze (and being that today is the release date of Best Coast’s cat-loving Crazy For You) now is a perfect opportunity for a new edition in my ongoing album art love feature. Here is a mix of 10 albums featuring cats on the cover.  And just in case you’re wondering it has to be an actual cat image and not just the word (sorry Cat Power, Cat Stevens). View the album art and download an MP3 from each below and let me know if there’s any cat covers that I missed!

MP3 Best Coast – When I’m With You

MP3 We Are Scientists – It’s A Hit

MP3 Smog – Cold Blooded Old Times

MP3 Klaxons – Flashover

MP3 Chapterhouse – Pearl

MP3 MGMT – Flash Delerium

MP3 Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica

MP3 Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

MP3 Grandaddy – Elevate Myself

MP3 Wavves – Post Acid


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10 Responses to “Album Art Lover: Cats”


  1. fearlessweaver said:

    Nice. This list is interesting if you want to look outside the indie genre:
    http://rateyourmusic.com/lists/list_view?list_id=41820&show=25&start=0

  2. Wes said:

    Endtroducing of course!!

  3. Taylor said:

    Not sure if that counts since the cat is on the reverse cover.

    Thanks for that list fearlessweaver. Had no idea there was that many!

  4. Lydia said:

    Theophilus London also released a mixtape that featured him holding a cat. Interesting observation, I like this post!
    -Lydia, Sunset in the Rearview (http://sunsetintherearview.com)

  5. Rou said:

    Spiritual Front – Rotten Roma Casino (2010)
    cat cover too))

  6. Anne said:

    Love this theory.
    And love even more that this cat had the good sense to file himself under C, and that the Cat Power sign is right next to him.

  7. Sam Vance said:

    Let’s not forget one of the first bands to do this… way back in ’98… Local H with their album, ‘Pack Up The Cats’.

  8. Jerry said:

    Not on the cover, but it’s on the CD: http://www.flickr.com/photos/poweroffacing/4920057732/

  9. bob said:

    Les Savy Fav – Cat and the Cobra

  10. John said:

    beat happening? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Happening_%28album%29