A Brief History Of Controversial PULP Covers | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Everything happens quick these days: that pretty bad PULP cover featuring local indie band Sud sparked an outrage across the internet the past couple of days, people involved in the issue spoke up about it, and Sud himself at least took it upon him to be the bigger man and admit his own shortcoming, even if others won’t. (The good part is no matter how heated things get, the best of people will still try to make peace.)

(That particular Twitter thread is heartwarming and restores our faith in humanity, by the way.)

However, PULP has been around for a long time now, and the Sud cover is not the first time they’ve pulled something like this over their history. We’ve rounded up a few of their terrible offenders to remind you that this is more than just kinda their thing, and something has to be done about it.


Karl Roy, April 2000

From all the way back 16 years ago, this issue of PULP features the late Karl Roy, P.O.T. and Kapatid frontman, surrounded by a small scantily-clad harem in a mansion worthy of Tony Montana.


Rivermaya, November 2001

This PULP cover features the Rico Blanco-era Rivermaya eating sushi off a naked model, propped up by what seem to be little people. Bet they all regret this one.


Pepe Smith, April 2004

This cover, which also serves as promotion for PULP‘s annual Summer Slam event, features Pinoy rock legend Pepe Smith, playing a local verrsion of Uncle Sam, flanked by two topless women.


6 Cycle Mind, March 2006

On this cover, we have OPM band 6 Cycle Mind as what seem to be horror-movie surgeons about to do something nasty to this scantily-clad girl.


Abra, September 2013

This circus-themed PULP cover features young local rapper Abra as a ringmaster of a sexually-charged show.

Photos from PULP

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