Oct 06

HEY!! Those are my leggings!Click for full image

As we all know around this table. There comes a time in every mans life when he just has to, pick up a flute and shake his ass at a redheaded troll figure. So if we have that on there with the troll pointing and shouting angrily at the dudes bottom. Is he jealous? Is he pointing out the guys ass shaking might destroy the fabric of reality? We’ll let the viewer decide.

Published 2005

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.92 out of 10)

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36 Responses to “Music to My Sorrow”

  1. CSA Says:

    So shiny….

    This one actually made me laugh aloud, the dancing guy looks so camp.

    And the troll thing in the leather… just awsome

  2. SI Says:

    It is a lovely cover! So shiny….

    He really is pointing at that mans behind!

  3. Roses Says:

    I’m struggling to decide which is worse: the cover or the title.

    I’ll get back to you on that one.

  4. SI Says:

    The title does look a little clipart 🙂

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    You have posted many fine covers on this site, sir, and I have enjoyed them all. But this is by far the worst book cover I have ever laid eyes upon.

  6. SI Says:

    Haha yea you are right there. It really is an awful cover. I have to say the Lackey, seems to have absolutely great covers. There’s another couple sitting around and I would say at least one of them matches this one in… epicness!

  7. towrope Says:

    Fantastic! Stumbled across this site this morning and loved every one of them, but this one! Wow! I have a chest infection which makes it hurt to laugh- as a consequence I nearly passed out with the pain.

  8. SI Says:

    Welcome to the site!

    Sorry about the chest infection though.

    This cover is definatly special. The picture itself only takes note of one side of it. In person the cover is also very shiny and sparkles. And knowing my family I’ll probably get this for Christmas haha

  9. Ron Obvious Says:

    I never knew they made a novelization of “The Safety Dance” video?

  10. CSA Says:

    Its a Tim Burton style interpretation of the video and instead of midgets, they used ginger trollmen dressed in alot of leather, or as i like to call then Glaswegians.

  11. Rusty Says:

    Hey, isn’t that Lion-O?

  12. Rich Says:

    So that’s where Jethro Tull got started…

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Where a man’s a man
    and the children dance to the pipes of Pan…

  14. Stevie T Says:

    I was at a bookstore last week that had this gem on the shelves…wow. This picture just does not do the reality justice. It is soooo shiny-shiny, and the overall color is this weird orange-pink shade that you wonder where they found it on the colorwheel. Even Rumplestiltskin and the renfaire escapee are shiny. Holding it in my hands, I just couldn’t get over the sheer random awfulness of thing, nor could I bring myself to buy it…

  15. Rags Says:

    Oh oh i have seen that look before (on the troll).

    I was in my local LuLuLemon store when one lady had on the “2013 astro pant regular in brandy beige” (98$ retail) and the other tro….i mean lady had on the “2012 astro pant regular in andalusia blue” , she HOWLED in horror at her out of date fashion and a fight of epic arousal insued to which i filmed and placed on youtube…..

  16. Rev Says:

    “Hey look at me! Who am I? Hahaha toot! Toot toot!”

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Remember ‘Kids In The Hall’?

    “I’m crushing your head! I’m crushing your head!”

    Also: how is the Dirk Benedict-a-like staying in that position?

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    You’re looking at one huge twerk-off here.
    Maybe two.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The troll seems unaware that someone has connected his flute to a Tesla coil.

  20. Francis Boyle Says:

    The most 70s cover ever published in the 21st century and that is in no way a good thing.

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    Watch and learn, James Galway…

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The troll is pointing at where the fellow has stuck a second flute…

  23. Elvraie Says:

    Hard rock fan wanting to kill the folksinger?

  24. Bibliomancer Says:

    You have to cut through all that shine to see what is going on here.

    Jethro Troll is fronting a band and holding a mic. Or maybe a dildo.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’mancer: you must be a powerful magician indeed to scry through the shiny!

    It took me a moment to realize that the fellow in the back has a drum kit, not a very, very awkward posture.

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s as if the “Mercedes Lackey” text is trying to fade into the background, trying avoid any association with this cover.

  27. fred Says:

    GI Joe, this song’s for you.

  28. GSS noob Says:

    Those are some remarkably pert buttocks. Practically the definition of pert buttocks.

    I wonder how much royalties Rosemary Edgehill had to give up to get her name barely legible on the cover? Is this how BAEN! keeps their costs down — authors with no sense of shame and/or no sense of design get to keep more money?

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Do not use it!’

    ‘Fool! Doctor Leatherpants does as he pleases!’


  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Just taking a brief look at the Top Ten and noticed that this has the “busting out of the frame within the cover” so beloved of so many bad books here. That has a tag, right?

    The band in the background appears to be a trio of Vincent from 90s Beauty and the Beast cosplayers (possibly they should yiff in hell like Myrr).

    Singing pointing troll is definitely holding a dildo and is in most of a gimp suit.

    Chap on left doesn’t have enough of his right foot on the rocks to hold him in that awkward position; is troll pointing and saying “Look out, you’re going to fall over”? Plus he apparently has no intestines, given how tight his belt is.

  31. Tor Mented Says:

    To me, dude on the left does not seem to have his foot on the rock. I believe he is supposed to be gamboling, like merrye minstrels of olde. I took the cover to depict a duel between modern, electrified music and ye honourable and antient musick of yore.
    Right about his belt, though. It’s like one of those waist-binding women you see on the internet.

  32. JJYoyo Says:

    Jethro Tull: Unplugged.

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    This year’s Elf on a Shelf isn’t going so well.

  34. fred Says:

    Dio powers up to Super Saiyan God, Galway is unimpressed.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Not that it needs it — it’s (literally) blindingly obvious — but this doesn’t have the publisher name.

    I looked at this cover, to my sorrow.

    So does the title mean the music is as terrible as the art, and will make you sad?

    I’m as rock and roll as the next gal, but in this case I’m Team Mr. Jethro Dirk Galway and his flute.

  36. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Raket: My gosh, Skibet, what do they call the sounds coming from those strange, ill-dressed men?

    Skibet: Music, to my sorrow.

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