20 Classic Album Covers Pawsomely Reimagined to Feature Adorable Kittens

If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s cats. So when, in 2011, Alfra Martini launched The Kitten Covers, a Tumblr project adding felines to the artwork of classic records, it’s perhaps no surprise that the clever concept caught on – and encouraged others to follow suit. Here, then, for your viewing pleasure, are 20 of our favorite kitty-featuring album covers from the project.

First up, who says cats don’t like water? This kitty has its eyes firmly on the bill. Yes, it’s trying its level best to grasp the bait from below the water’s surface while re-enacting baby Spencer Elden’s pose on Nirvana’s classic Nevermind cover.

David Bowie-Aladdin Sane
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David Meowie

Here, a pensive white kitten strikes the pose that enigmatic British rocker David Bowie made for the front packaging of his 1973 glam rock effort, Aladdin Sane. The morose-looking feline even sports the famous red and blue lightning slash across its face along with the garish red mullet haircut that Bowie rocked on the original cover.

Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
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Public Kitteny

Public Enemy’s 1988 sophomore effort, It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back, is a hip-hop classic, having redefined the genre with its politically charged lyrics and insistent beats. The original cover showing lead rappers Chuck D and Flavor Flav in the slammer has been superbly recreated here, right down to the last detail of Chuck’s black baseball cap and group jester Flav’s backward hat, sunglasses and trademark large clock.

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The White Stripes-Elephant
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The White Strays

Ah, the modern classic from Detroit garage rock duo The White Stripes, released in 2003. The original cover image for Elephant features an apparently crying Meg White to the left of the shot and a seemingly startled Jack White with a cricket bat in his hand to her left – now all brilliantly recreated with the kittens. Check out the impressive shadow detail emanating from the feline Jack.

Ramones-Ramones
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Rameownes

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The legendary cover shot from the Ramones’ seminal eponymous debut is effortlessly cool to begin with. But the Kitten Covers project has made it super cute, replacing Johnny, Tommy, Joey and Dee Dee with little felines – complete with the band’s trademark sunglasses and leather jackets and, presumably, bags of street cattitude.

Patti Smith  Horses Cat Parody
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Catti Smith

Staying with the New York punk rock scene for a minute, here’s another awesome reimagining of a hugely influential record, namely Patti Smith’s Horses. The iconic Robert Mapplethorpe photograph of an androgynous-looking Smith in front of a stark white background has been stunningly recast here with – yes, you’ve guessed it – a kitten recreating the famous stance. We’re certain it would be particularly fond of the “Birdland” that Smith sang about on the album.

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The second LP from English glam rockers Queen here has its well-known Mick Rock-photographed cover taken over by four loveable kittens, who recreate the band’s famous pose. The Freddie Mercury imitator at the front even strikes the cross-armed pose of the late showman. Mercury would surely have approved, but given the guitar slinger’s curly mop of hair, we can’t help thinking that Brian May would have been better portrayed as a poodle.

Simon & Garfunkel-Bridge Over Trouble Water
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Sim-eow and Garfunkel

Folk rock’s big cats Simon and Garfunkel released the massive-selling album Bridge over Troubled Water in 1970. This masterful recreation of its cover shows, at the front, a scarfed white kitten replacing Paul Simon, while the ginger feline to the rear somewhat replicates Art Garfunkel’s legendary ’fro.

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Moving from gentle folk to hardcore punk now, and a stunning recreation of Black Flag’s debut full-length album, 1981’s Damaged. The LP that was declared immoral by one record label has here been reimagined with a ginger kitty on its cover swiping a paw at a glass mirror in a fitting homage to the influential California punks – in particular, vocalist and original mirror cracker Henry Rollins.

Marvin Gaye- What's Going On
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Cat’s Going On

The late Marvin Gaye’s poignant soul masterpiece What’s Going On wasn’t going to miss out on the Kitten Covers treatment. The pensive-looking image of Gaye on the 1971 album’s cover is recreated to purrfection here – perhaps by denying the cheerless kitty a biscuit.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers- Legend
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Bob Meowley and the Wailers

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Who doesn’t own a copy of this immortal Bob Marley compilation? And here the iconic contemplative pose of the dreadlocked reggae legend from the 1984 album’s cover has been nicely re-enacted by a ginger kitten. Perhaps it’s “Waiting in Vain” for “Three Little Birds” to come along.

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The Furry Underground & Nico

Featuring possibly the most iconic cover art of all time, The Velvet Underground & Nico’s celebrated debut is here given an exquisite feline twist. Artist – and then band manager – Andy Warhol’s blackening banana is replaced by a bright yellow kitty, which is doing its level best to replicate the shape of the elongated fruit that graces the original packaging of the 1967 proto-punk classic.

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Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
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Fleetwood Cat

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Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 opus, Rumours, is one of the bestselling records of all time, which naturally made it a prime candidate for a kitten makeover. On this version of its cover, Mick Fleetwood is replaced by a suitably lanky cat in a waistcoat with one of its feet on a rest. A caped kitty also strikes a lovely Stevie Nicks-echoing pose, but where are Fleetwood’s famous dangling toilet chain balls?

NWA- Straight Outta Compton
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K.W.A. (Kittens With Attitude)

N.W.A.’s 1988 gangster rap classic, Straight Outta Compton, is successfully parodied here – the “Kittens with Attitude” taking the place of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, the Arabian Prince, DJ Yella and MC Ren. Not surprisingly, the cats look far less menacing. Indeed, Eazy-E’s replacement offers up merely a paw instead of the now deceased rapper’s handgun – as pointed at an alluded-to victim on the ground in the original cover shot.

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On this awesome replica cover of KISS’ 1974 eponymous debut, the band’s painted faces and frontman Gene Simmons’ leer are all present and correct. However, the four small, furry doppelgangers standing in for the members naturally look a lot cuter than the original quartet.

Politically conscious punks Fugazi’s follow-up to the incendiary Repeater is sent up here through the insertion of a pensive kitten into the dilapidated room depicted on the cover of Steady Diet of Nothing. It’d probably prefer a steady diet of cat food, though.

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Pink Floyd- Dark Side Of The Moon
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Sphinx Floyd

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Probably the English prog-rock legends’ most beloved LP, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon has here had its iconic cover reimagined through the substitution of the triangular prism with a kitten’s head.

The Smiths- The Queen Is Dead
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The Smittens (featuring Meowissey)

The Queen is Dead is one of the most beloved of alternative rock records, and this third studio LP by The Smiths has an iconic cover befitting of its classic status. While the original packaging features a somber image of actor Alain Delon from the film L’Insoumis, the Frenchman is removed in favor of a white kitty in this amusing effort. Perhaps the original’s inside sleeve shot is even more famous, though, and it would certainly have been nice to see Meowissey and the boys outside the Salford Cats Club.

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New York Dolls-New York Dolls
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Meow York Dolls

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The New York Dolls’ 1973 glam rock debut has become a cult classic – a heady blend of Stonesy swagger and Big Apple sleaze. And the quintet’s notorious men-in-drag original cover for the LP has been lovingly recreated here, with Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and co turned into a bunch of wig-adorned kittens. Meow.

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Black Tabbath

Black Sabbath’s hugely influential second album is perhaps also their most loved. Here, though, its cover’s famous live-action shot of a warrior scampering through a dark forest in the night armed with a sword and shield has been nicely reimagined with a ginger kitten in his place. Tabbath Bloody Tabbath.

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