Heino is like the German albino Elvis. He sings popular music (Schlager) and traditional Volksmusik with a super-scary deep bass voice. Beside the fact that they look really cool, you'll never see him without his shades either since he has humongous bulging eyeballs! I had originally heard of Heino by way of singer Beck, who borrowed one of Heino's album covers for his own "Steve Threw Up" single in 1994. Years later I spotted one of his LP's at a thrift store, and soon became obsessed with finding more. The music contained within is pretty darn good if you ask me, but Heino's true masterpieces are the jacket covers themselves. How does he maintain that same deadpan glazed face on every cover, especially when he is sitting there with a mess of poodles? It's the work of true genius!
Sooo, here they are now for you to enjoy, marvel at, and possibly have nightmares about.
My first Heino find. While he does have a sweet look going, he hasn't yet mastered his craft...
Here's the cover Beck swiped in '94, and with good reason. It rules.
Again with the brown leather jacket, and poodle dogs descending in shade! Amazing, but the best is yet to come.
This is the man's magnum opus. Brown leather swapped for bad-ass black. The widest lapels and bell bottoms known to man. Cheesy poodles swapped for tear-your-ass-open German Shepard's. And finally, gleaming rays of heavenly light ascending upon the him, as if God was saying "This Heino, is your finest hour." And it is.