This exhibition of over 650 hilariously bad record covers is the collection of Steve Goldman. In his own words:

“To get in my collection, the covers have to be unintentionally funny. I want records where the designers have tried to do something that’s gone horribly wrong. It can’t just be a performer in bad clothes or with an ugly face- though there are a couple that have gone in that were irresistible.

And it all has to be good clean family fun- I don’t collect any record covers that are gory, violent, sexist, homophobic or racist”.

Steve, who suffered a stroke, is staging the exhibition in aid of Different Strokes, a charity helping younger stroke survivors.


“The Art of the Bizarre Record Sleeve”, published by Easy on the Eye books, is a glossy book containg over 200 of the covers, with research and text by Simon Robinson, who discovered the stories behind the covers.

You can order it here:


Future Shows

Halifax Comedy Festival
17 Oct – 28 Oct 2024

Warrington Art Gallery and Museum
19 Oct 2024 – 19 Jan 2025

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
4 May – 22 Jun 2025

Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Apr – Jun 2026

Past Shows

Huddersfield Town Centre, 5-14 November 2021

Spode Museum, Stoke on Trent, 1 May- 30 Jun 2022

Shambala Festival, 25-28 August 2022

Huddersfield Town Centre
(Part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival)
23 March – 2 April 2023

Williamson Museum & Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Nov 2023 – Jan 2024

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick 6 Feb – 21 Apr 2024

Bearded Theory Festival 23 May – 26 May 2024