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Dec 07, 2012
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Wayne White’s cover for Lambchop’s Nixon

Had the weird experience the other morning of looking through Lambchop’s discography on Rdio and spotting this cover, and thinking, “Holy shit, that looks like a Wayne White painting.” Well, that’s because it is — White and Kurt Wagner, the mastermind behind Lambchop, were childhood friends, and White’s done four covers for Lambchop. Very cool.

May 21, 2012
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Apr 22, 2012
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Lou Beach’s cover for the Neville Brothers’ Fiyo on the Bayou (1981)

Via Tony Fitzpatrick, who writes of his piece, “Blue Bull (An Act Of Theft From The Great Lou Beach”:


  …believe me; anyone who makes collages knows the name, Lou Beach, and we all steal from him.  Hell, this pretty little blue bull I just made? Swiped it wholesale from a Lou Beach piece–I didn’t even bother changing the NAME.


Visit Lou’s website — he also has a new book out called 420 Characters, which began as a series of Facebook status updates. (420 characters is the max number of characters allowed.)

Lou Beach’s cover for the Neville Brothers’ Fiyo on the Bayou (1981)

Via Tony Fitzpatrick, who writes of his piece, “Blue Bull (An Act Of Theft From The Great Lou Beach”:

…believe me; anyone who makes collages knows the name, Lou Beach, and we all steal from him. Hell, this pretty little blue bull I just made? Swiped it wholesale from a Lou Beach piece–I didn’t even bother changing the NAME.

Visit Lou’s website — he also has a new book out called 420 Characters, which began as a series of Facebook status updates. (420 characters is the max number of characters allowed.)

(Source: imageshack.us)

Jan 07, 2012
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RIP Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny. :(

Via liveiseedeadpeoples, a Tumblr of album covers minus the dead folks.

RIP Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny. :(

Via liveiseedeadpeoples, a Tumblr of album covers minus the dead folks.

Aug 14, 2011
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The cover of the Black Keys’ Brothers album

WHEN the album designer Michael Carney submitted his proposed cover for the Black Keys’ album “Brothers” last year, he and the band were a little anxious. Seeking a change from their previous, illustration-driven packaging, which he’d also designed, Mr. Carney devised the simplest of covers: two sentences — “This is an album by the Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers” — set against a black background. “We thought, ‘Are we allowed to do this?’ ” Mr. Carney recalled of the bare-bones cover, which he also felt reflected a new boldness in the Black Keys’ music. Although its label, Nonesuch, was initially perplexed, Mr. Carney’s fears were ultimately put to rest. “The marketing people said, ‘This is our dream!’ ” Mr. Carney said, and the artwork was a go.

Quoted in the NYTimes article, “The Incredible, Inevitable Shrinking Album Cover”

UPDATE: some of you have pointed out the album’s resemblance to Howlin’ Wolf’s The Howlin’ Wolf Album:



Marshall Chess referred to Howlin’ Wolf’s dislike of the arrangements on the album’s cover. Howlin’ Wolf stated that the album was “dog shit.” According to Chess, the album’s cover hurt its sales. Chess states that “I used negativity in the title, and it was a big lesson: You can’t say on the cover that the artist didn’t like the album. It didn’t really sell that well. But it was just an attempt. They were just experiments.”

For comparison, my friend @jndevereux also sent me this cover for XTC’s Go 2. It would fail miserably in iTunes:



This is a RECORD COVER. This writing is the DESIGN upon the record cover. The DESIGN is to help SELL the record. We hope to draw your attention to it and encourage you to pick it up.

Marketing.

The cover of the Black Keys’ Brothers album

WHEN the album designer Michael Carney submitted his proposed cover for the Black Keys’ album “Brothers” last year, he and the band were a little anxious. Seeking a change from their previous, illustration-driven packaging, which he’d also designed, Mr. Carney devised the simplest of covers: two sentences — “This is an album by the Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers” — set against a black background.

“We thought, ‘Are we allowed to do this?’ ” Mr. Carney recalled of the bare-bones cover, which he also felt reflected a new boldness in the Black Keys’ music. Although its label, Nonesuch, was initially perplexed, Mr. Carney’s fears were ultimately put to rest. “The marketing people said, ‘This is our dream!’ ” Mr. Carney said, and the artwork was a go.

Quoted in the NYTimes article, “The Incredible, Inevitable Shrinking Album Cover

UPDATE: some of you have pointed out the album’s resemblance to Howlin’ Wolf’s The Howlin’ Wolf Album:

The Howlin' Wolf Album

Marshall Chess referred to Howlin’ Wolf’s dislike of the arrangements on the album’s cover. Howlin’ Wolf stated that the album was “dog shit.” According to Chess, the album’s cover hurt its sales. Chess states that “I used negativity in the title, and it was a big lesson: You can’t say on the cover that the artist didn’t like the album. It didn’t really sell that well. But it was just an attempt. They were just experiments.”

For comparison, my friend @jndevereux also sent me this cover for XTC’s Go 2. It would fail miserably in iTunes:

XTC Go 2

This is a RECORD COVER. This writing is the DESIGN upon the record cover. The DESIGN is to help SELL the record. We hope to draw your attention to it and encourage you to pick it up.

Marketing.

Jul 25, 2011
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My Search for Bob Dylan Album Cover Locations in New York City” by Bob Egan

My search for the long-lost location of the Blonde on Blonde album cover shoot (which I have still not found), led me to discover two other memorable Dylan album photo sites - that of  Highway 61 Revisited  and also that of Another Side of Bob Dylan  - in places in New York City that I would never have thought of.

My Search for Bob Dylan Album Cover Locations in New York City” by Bob Egan

My search for the long-lost location of the Blonde on Blonde album cover shoot (which I have still not found), led me to discover two other memorable Dylan album photo sites - that of Highway 61 Revisited and also that of Another Side of Bob Dylan - in places in New York City that I would never have thought of.

Apr 15, 2011
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Detail from the cover of Gang of Four’s Entertainment! (see the whole thing)

You know what’s messed up? Since I’ve never owned a CD or an LP copy of this record, I’ve never even seen this cowboy-and-Indian-shaking-hands detail. Didn’t even notice it. And I’ve listened to this record a lot.

Related: Designing artwork for shrinking album covers

Detail from the cover of Gang of Four’s Entertainment! (see the whole thing)

You know what’s messed up? Since I’ve never owned a CD or an LP copy of this record, I’ve never even seen this cowboy-and-Indian-shaking-hands detail. Didn’t even notice it. And I’ve listened to this record a lot.

Related: Designing artwork for shrinking album covers

Feb 18, 2011
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Green Day, Dookie

The first album I bought with my own money. I still love it.

Billie Joe on the album art:

I wanted the art work to look really different. I wanted it to represent the East Bay and where we come from, because there’s a lot of artists in the East Bay scene that are just as important as the music. So we talked to Richie Bucher. He did a 7-inch cover for this band called Raooul that I really liked. He’s also been playing in bands in the East Bay for years. There’s pieces of us buried on the album cover. There’s one guy with his camera up in the air taking a picture with a beard. He took pictures of bands every weekend at Gilman’s. The robed character that looks like the Mona Lisa is the woman on the cover of the first Black Sabbath album. Angus Young is in there somewhere too. The graffiti reading “Twisted Dog Sisters” refers to these two girls from Berkeley. I think the guy saying “The fritter, fat boy” was a reference to a local cop.

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Here’s my other Green Day story.

Green Day, Dookie

The first album I bought with my own money. I still love it.

Billie Joe on the album art:

I wanted the art work to look really different. I wanted it to represent the East Bay and where we come from, because there’s a lot of artists in the East Bay scene that are just as important as the music. So we talked to Richie Bucher. He did a 7-inch cover for this band called Raooul that I really liked. He’s also been playing in bands in the East Bay for years. There’s pieces of us buried on the album cover. There’s one guy with his camera up in the air taking a picture with a beard. He took pictures of bands every weekend at Gilman’s. The robed character that looks like the Mona Lisa is the woman on the cover of the first Black Sabbath album. Angus Young is in there somewhere too. The graffiti reading “Twisted Dog Sisters” refers to these two girls from Berkeley. I think the guy saying “The fritter, fat boy” was a reference to a local cop.

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Here’s my other Green Day story.

Oct 27, 2009
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Trapeze: Life imitates art?

I spotted this truly unfortunate WTF hideous 1975 album cover at Waterloo Records the other night. Looked the band up on Wikipedia: 

Trapeze were an English rock band formed in March 1969, by vocalist John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley (who named the band), with guitarist Mel Galley, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland. The band had a fairly fluid line up, finally dissolving in 1994, and although they never found commercial success themselves, several members went on to join better known bands including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and Uriah Heep.

Ho-hum. But then I clicked on Dave Holland, and oh boy, did things take a weird turn:

Holland…is an English rock drummer, best remembered from his stint with Judas Priest between 1979 and 1989. He is currently in prison for attempted rape of a wheelchair-using 17-year-old boy.

If ever there was a WTF, it must be this.

Trapeze: Life imitates art? I spotted this truly unfortunate WTF hideous 1975 album cover at Waterloo Records the other night. Looked the band up on Wikipedia:

Trapeze were an English rock band formed in March 1969, by vocalist John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley (who named the band), with guitarist Mel Galley, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland. The band had a fairly fluid line up, finally dissolving in 1994, and although they never found commercial success themselves, several members went on to join better known bands including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and Uriah Heep.
Ho-hum. But then I clicked on Dave Holland, and oh boy, did things take a weird turn:
Holland…is an English rock drummer, best remembered from his stint with Judas Priest between 1979 and 1989. He is currently in prison for attempted rape of a wheelchair-using 17-year-old boy.
If ever there was a WTF, it must be this.

Aug 19, 2009
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Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words”Love that even thought this is a (free!) digital download, they included interesting art by Stanley Donwood…
Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words

Love that even thought this is a (free!) digital download, they included interesting art by Stanley Donwood…

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