Metallica…. The Big Makeover
It may seem silly today, but the back cover photo of 1996’s Load raised nearly as big a stink as the music itself. Here was the band, kicking-it around a table while sucking cigars and cocktails, dressed in Cuban suits, sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts. Most shockingly at the time, all four members had shed the long hair they used to whip around in sweaty, headbanging fury. These guys (Lars and Kirk especially) looked like a bunch of swingers celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Even worse were the photos filling the CD booklet, which included suspenders, mascara, body art and band members tonguing each other.