Classic Album covers : Enema Of The State - Blink-182

Enema of the State is the third studio album by Blink-182. Produced by Jerry Finn, the album was released on June 1, 1999, in the United States by MCA Records

The cover artwork features ‘adult ’movie star Janine Lindemulder dressed in a nurses uniform, pulling on a rubber glove. It was the first major label album knowingly to feature a porn actress on the cover, a very funny photo playing to pubescent sexual fantasies

The trio was apparently oblivious to the fact that Lindemulder worked in the porn industry until informed by Finn. The record company had delivered a stack of photos of potential cover girls, and the band members happened to pick Lindemulder. “So it’s kind of funny that they’ve been lumped in with Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit, who play up that kind of pimp lifestyle, because Blink is so not that,” remarked Finn

David Goldman was the photographer behind the shoot, which took place on March 12, 1999, and didn’t know the trio before shooting. He stated the glove was inspired by the album’s working title. “Up until the very last minute, the album was going to be called Turn Your Head and Cough,” he said. “And that’s why I came up with the idea of the glove. Obviously an enema is not really a glove type of thing. I thought it was a good visual”

According to bassist/singer Mark Hoppus, it took three tries to get the artwork correct:

“Here’s some trivia about the artwork. There are three different versions. Initial release version has the red cross on the nurse’s hat and a capital B Blink-182. We’d always preferred the lower case b, so the artwork was changed to the second version: red cross on the nurse’s hat, lower case b blink-182 (my favorite). We were then contacted by the Red Cross that, as we are in no way a medical organization (which I would debate. one time I changed a band-aid), we should not have a red cross on our artwork. If we continued using the red cross logo, we would be in violation of the Geneva Convention. (for real). Thus, the third iteration of the artwork: no red cross, lower case b blink-182”

The album cover has since been deemed iconic by many publications. It’s the prefect example of 1990s Jock Rock, all smirking, subjectification and sexual innuendo, rescued only by the fact that on the back cover the band look ludicrous in their shorts as they wait for a (hopefully painful) injection form ‘nurse’ Janine. Lindemulder is also featured in the music videos for What’s My Age Again? and Man Overboard

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