LPs: Good Needs Bad
Styles change quickly and one decades popular is next years totally laughable, i.e. Duran Duran, saggy jeans, Mel Gibson, eight-tracks and anything by Lou Reed after 1968. But, it seems that truly great design will shine from any era regardless of that eras popular culture. For example, amidst the Day-glo Patrick Nagel album covers of the 1980’s there was The Clash’s London Calling. A truly inspired piece by Ray Lowry, paying homage to an early Elvis Presley LP with one of the best rock photo’s ever taken (Pennie Smith). To be far, Duran Duran’s Rio is not bad design, it just became very dated, very quickly. So is the arbiter of great design that it stands the test of time? I think so.