Caturday felids: classic album covers kittified

The Kitten Covers, a creation of artist Alfra Martini, gives an awesome selection of classic album covers—reimagined with kittens (go to the site for moar). Here are my favorites:


I love the Garfunkel cat, so true to the original album:

Alfra explains her art:

Obviously music is a great passion. We’ve got thousands of vinyl records in our collection here at the AHE house in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and of course, we have a little kitty named Lois, whom we rescued from the street. I also have a huge rock poster collection, because I’ve always been fascinated by rock n’ roll iconography. It can be at the same time so freakin’ hip and so silly! With kittens in the mix, well, it just amplifies this dichotomy, wouldn’t you say? Anyhow, The Kitten Covers just happened one day when staying home while recuperating from a cold. I’ve worked both in graphics and in vintage poster restoration, so I’m a freak about details. And since I have very little free time, I’ve learned to work fast. I was hoping to make some friends laugh but had no idea how popular The Kitten Covers would become. I’ve seen other “alternative cover” concepts done with tacos and legos, but frankly, I’m a little surprised no one’s done kitties before. After seeing the finished products, they just seem so … inevitable, no?


  1. daveau
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    The Spousal Unit turned me on to this a couple of months ago, but there were only a few covers at the time. I especially like the T-Rex, Dylan and Clash covers. It’s pretty funny to see a kitteh smashing a guitar. I’d like to see “Who’s next”.

    • Dominic
      Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:34 am | Permalink

      I wonder if a Spousal Unit is a fixed number, an SI unit, or whether it is a variable?! 😉

      • daveau
        Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

        I only have one Spousal Equivalent Unit (SEU), so I’d guess, um, fixed? But we travel a lot, so she could be considered International as well…

        • Aidan Karley
          Posted December 3, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

          As the computer nerds say “variables don’t ; constants aren’t”.

  2. Dominic
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    I was thinking the you couldn’t really do the Sex Pistols, then that reminded me of this from ‘Grist’ yesterday –

  3. Griff
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    This obsession with domestic felines concerns me. Not that I find cephalopods any more endearing, but at least I’ve never encountered an octopus using my garden as a toilet. Or eating my frogs, toads or newts (I call them “my”, because I consider my garden to be my personal fiefdom, and all wildlife therein my subjects.)

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:39 am | Permalink

      This comment comes close to trolling. It’s irrelevant to the post and calculated to highjack the thread. If you don’t like Caturdays, go elsewhere.

      • Griff
        Posted December 3, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

        No offence was intended. My intent was humorous, even if it missed its mark.

        • daveau
          Posted December 3, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

          You’re just a little bit too good at parodying the infamous kitteh/cephalopod atheist-scientist rift being exacerbated by certain blogs that shall here remain nameless. You can question science, if you can support your premise, but there is no possible support for kitteh-bashing. FWIW, based on your previously demonstrated sense of humor, I was pretty sure you were kidding.

          • Aidan Karley
            Posted December 3, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

            Oh dear – Rule 34 raises it’s unbelievably ugly head.
            Until this moment, I was barely aware of a “kitteh-cephalopod” disagreement. Now I’m imagining Kitteh-Cephalopod conflict.
            And verily, even if Photoshop is involved, there shall be Kitteh-Cephalopod inter-racial porn.
            Sorry. I didn’t invent Rule 34.

            • daveau
              Posted December 3, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

              Just like Moore’s law, it’s inevitable, regardless whether anyone puts a name to it or not.

              • Dominic
                Posted December 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

                I rarely go the the dark squid-ink side!

                Actually thought I was the only DEVO fan! I recall buying their first album in 1978 I suppose, along with the first Suicide album, & the guy in the record shop in Norwich said “Ah, a man of the moment!” I suppose it was a mild insult but I was – am – flattered!

  4. Gareth Price
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I thought I should pass on a remark from a letter to Viz, a satirical comic in England:

    Has anyone else noticed that if you put your thumb over Paul Simon’s face on the Simon & Garfunkel Album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, that it gives Art Garfunkel a huge Cossack moustache?

    • Stacy
      Posted December 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      Oh my Ceiling Cat–it does!

  5. NyankoSensei
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this Jerry. May favorite one so far is the Queen II cover.

  6. Marella
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    My fave is Kiss.

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