Behind the Music: Album Covers Edition

I have way too many pictures for this topic, so be glad that I spared your time and narrowed it down to 15. Original idea inspired by @Laflamablanca91 but the storyline was inspired by @andersun
  1. 1.
    Steal This Dollar Bill
    {debut album} Independently produced. We distribute the cd at local shows. We're an up-and-coming new band that rehearses in our friends garage in Calabasas. We write songs about income inequality, redistribution of wealth and the struggles of being a teenager. We wanted to name it "Steal this Album" but record stores refused to stock it on their shelves, fearing that kids would take the title to heart. We see ourselves as a Rage Against the Machine type but critics compare us with Sugar Ray.
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    Funky Monks
    {major label debut} self-titled album. It would be the last record with all four original members of the Funky Monks, after our bass player dies from a heroin overdose at the record release party. Album sales are modest and the record company approaches me about putting out a solo album, while the Funky Monks search for a new bassist.
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    Hook, Lie and Stinker
    {Debut solo album} Sales are so low that the accompanying tour is cancelled. The only song that gets radio play is an acoustic version of the best song off our debut album, "middle child, middle class." A decade later, that song is chosen for the soundtrack of a Jake Gyllenhaal movie, and it sparks a resurgence in album sales.
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    The follow up to our major label debut. The album is dedicated to our deceased band mate and the most popular single is the title track. The lowercase e at the end is not a typo, it signifies giving up. It is the first Funky Monks album with our new bass player, you know him as @nathanveshecco but at the time he was going by the pseudonym Nate Victory.
  5. 5.
    The Funky Monks third and final studio album. 7 singles make the billboard charts and it's hugely successful internationally as well as locally. Fame and success go to our heads, creative differences lead to a mutiny by Nate Victory and the band breaks up. The label refuses to let us out of our tour obligations, so we split the dates and tour as two separate bands. Nate Victory and the Funky Monks drummer proceed as a two man group, I replace them with Dave Navarro and Stan Lynch for the tour.
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    LIVE: not to be confused with DMB
    The tour for the Joy album is such a success that the label releases a Live Greatest Hits album. I give up all compensation for album sales during negotiations, in return the label agrees to not use any songs from Nate Victory on the Live album. We had fame and success before, but this album makes everyone rich, except me.
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    Grow the Hatchet
    Self titled debut album for my new band, Grow the Hatchet. Several songs get played on the radio but only one single does anything on the billboard charts, "seeds of revenge." The song is a scathing punk-pop anthem about backstabbing band mates and the struggles that accompany success.
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    Grow the Hatchet's second studio album. It receives tremendous critical acclaim and very little fan support. The sales are underwhelming for both the album and the accompanying tour. The record label delays the release of our next album, and seeks out other more popular artists to feature on the planned singles for the new release.
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    The third studio album from Grow the Hatchet. It's our most successful album to date but still fails to live up to the critical acclaim or the sales of the Funky Monks albums.
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    Death Valley
    A concept album I wrote and recorded in the desert while on peyote after reading Dante's Inferno. Critics compare the long, over-produced instrumentals and sparse vocals on the album to early Syd Barret era Pink Floyd but album sales more closely resemble Ray Wilson era Genesis.
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    Kepler 22-B
    The fifth and final studio album for Grow the Hatchet. It's another concept album I wrote, about my experiences remote viewing the furthest known points in our solar system while tripping on lsd. By this point my drug use, conspiracy theories and devotion to my guru Ram Dass have caused an irreparable divide between myself and the band. Grow the Hatchet replaces me with John Mayer and they go on to release three consecutive diamond albums in the early 2000's.
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    Om Mani Padme Hum
    My second solo album, commercially successful in Europe but it completely flops in the states. The album was recorded in Tibet, is 17 hours long and consists entirely of me playing Beatles chords in reverse on a Sitar and chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum." During interviews while promoting the album I claim to be sober and drug free but I am not.
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    Danger: Intermittent Sound Waves of Unusual Size and Force
    The record company releases a greatest hits album for Grow the Hatchet. Of the 15 songs on the album, two include my vocals and the other 13 feature John. The album is a huge success and the royalties I receive finance my third solo album.
  14. 14.
    Attempted Murder
    The second album from super group, The Zombie Zoo, this time I am the lead singer after replacing the deceased Freddie Mercury. The album has commercial success, going platinum in its first month after release but critics bash the album. All-time Super Band 🎸🎀🎬🎺
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    My third solo album, and the first album I recorded sober since the Funky Monks broke up. The album is released posthumously after my "death," which was part of an elaborate faked murder/suicide involving Alyssa Milano. The controversy/publicity sparks album sales and it becomes my most successful album to date. I choose never to reveal the truth, preferring to live in anonymity with Alyssa Milano on the hidden island Hy-Brasil off the coast of Ireland.