An eBay user is selling off his copy of the original artwork for Van Halen’s first album, which not only has the band’s original, name-written-out-in-full logo, it has a picture of the band where David Lee Roth is relegated to the background–and sorta-mimicking Johnny Rotten:
The reputed story is that David Lee Roth spotted a Sex Pistols similar pose and requested the same for his cover. When this version was done, he rejected it as he thought it was too punky.
Noel also told me that Alex hated his photo, it made him “look like a giant”.
A close-up of the original art, in which Alex is up front (for some reason I thought he was actually Dave, and that Alex had dyed his hair):
I have no idea which Pistols shot Dave was inspired by (perhaps one from this shoot?), but I’m glad that someone stepped in and changed the logo, at the very least. Sure, the original version would have looked awesome in ballpoint pen on a cloth binder, but it would have resulted in more people spelling the band’s name “Van Halan” than not.
Van Halen Original 1st Album Artwork That Was NOT USED [eBay via Sleaze Roxx]