11 classic album sleeves with accidentally added Starb**ks cups

Cosmo's Factory sleeve with added coffee cup

The internet has been throbbing since news broke of an unexpected Starbucks cup somehow appearing in the The Last of the Starks episode of Game Of Thrones. It sent GOT nerds into fits of apoplexy and delighted the web's leading manufacturers of memes.

HBO executives have admitted to the error, and Starbucks have received an estimated 3.2 billion dollars in free publicity. That's right. Three point two billion dollars.  

Game Of Thrones coffee snafu

This got us thinking, which isn't something we do very often. If a coffee cup could somehow slip unnoticed into one of television's most expensive series, what's to stop the same thing happening with album sleeves? 

There's a lot going on on the cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory, for instance. If Tom Fogerty had brought a cup along to the photoshoot and casually placed it on the table beside him, would anyone have complained? (Starbucks wasn't founded until the following year, but bear with us). We think not. 

Cosmo's Factory sleeve with added coffee cup

Similarly, The Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper sleeve is famously fussy. And if the loveable moptops™ had felt tired after a long day shooting round at Peter Blake's studio, you could forgive them for ordering Magic Alex to run out for a hazelnut latte with five pumps of caramel sauce plus matcha and whipped cream.

Would the resulting image be any less iconic? We don't think so.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper sleeve

You get the gist. And because we've already exhausted this so-called "joke" and can't be bothered to offer any more laboured explanations as to why a Starbucks cup might have turned up in a bunch of other album sleeves, here's a bunch of other album sleeves without any laboured explanations at all.

Think of it like Where's Wally, but much easier and not as much fun. 

Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

ZZ Top - Greatest Hits

Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

Led Zeppelin - Presence

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.