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|Label||Polydor, Capitol (reissue)|
Virgin Killer is the fourth album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions. It was released in 1976, and it helped the Scorpions gain fans outside Europe. The album's cover has caused controversy, as it features a naked young girl. Some of the band members have said that the cover is okay, but others have said that they feel bad about releasing it. Some magazines and websites, such as Cracked and Gigwise.com, have called it one of the worst album covers of all time.
In 2008, the English Wikipedia page for Virgin Killer was put on a blacklist (a list of bad content) by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a UK organization. Because of this, many major Internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK were banned from seeing the page. The IWF called the cover "indecent".
- Yasui, Todd Allan (August 30, 1988), "The Sign of the Scorpions; The West German Metal Meisters' Tour de Force", The Washington Post: F3
- "Uli Jon Roth Says 'Virgin Killer' Album Cover Makes Him Cringe". Blabbermouth.net. April 3, 2006. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=50508. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
- "The 15 Worst Album Covers of All-Time" by Ben Dennison, Cracked
- "The 50 Most Controversial Album Covers Of All Time!", Gigwise.com, March 19, 2008