Monthly Archives: June 2013

Design: The 100 Best Album Covers

This is a tough one. Some LP covers are designed so beautifully that it doesn’t even matter what’s on the record. Most though carry the weight of personal experience and love of the music that’s on the vinyl (or CD). It’s hard (for me, anyway) to appreciate the cover of say, Super Tramps’ Breakfast in America when the music inside is such utter bullshit. Or conversely, Nirvanas’ Nevermind –  a great album, but I find the cover absolutely  awful – iconic indeed, but to my eye poorly designed. So take this for what it is, opinion laced with a designers eye and a bit of snobbery. I know everyone will have an opinion – “where’s all the Led Zeppelin LP’s” (there is one on the list) and “why in the world would you include the first Killing Joke LP”. I also know the minute I post this I’ll remember 5 other LP that absolutely must be on the list. But for now this will have to do. All I can say is – My blog, my List.

1    The Beatles - White Album

1.The Beatles – ‘White’ Album

2_32. London Calling – The Clash                                                   3. Velvet Underground

4-54. David Bowie – Alladin Sane                    5. Cohn Coltrain – Blue Train

6-76. Devo – Are We Not Men?                            7. Elvis Presley

7-98. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine                       9. The Beatles – Revolver

10_NEW-ORDER-POWER-CORRUPTION-LIES_60010. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies

11-1211.The Rolling Stones – Exile on Mainstreet             12. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper

1313. Talking Heads – Greatest Hits

14-1514. Roxy Music – Country Life                                   15. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

16-1716. The Smiths                                                        17. T. Rex – The Slider

18_1918. The Ramones                                               19. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

20_joy_division_60020. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

21-2221. Elvis Costello – Get Happy                                               22. The Notorious BIG – Ready to Die

23-2423. Donald Byrd – A New Perspective                                           24. Wire – Pink Flag

25-2625. David Bowie – The Next Day                                       26. David Bowie – Heroes

27-2827. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks                                28. The Beatles – Meet the ….

29-3029. Elvis Costello – This Years Model                                                          30. Led Zeppelin

30_Heres-Little-Richard_60031. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard

32-3332. Primal Scream – Screamidelica                                             33. Iggy Pop – The Idiot

34-3534. Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin                               35. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

36-3736. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space    37. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

38-3938. James Brown – At the Apollo      39. Patti Smith – Horses

40_ Pixies_ComeOnPilgrim_60040. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim

41-4241. The Residents – Eskimo                                                      42. The New York Dolls

43-4443. PIL – Metal Box                                                        44. The Beatles – Rubber Soul

45-4645. Ride – Nowhere                                              46. Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

47-4847. Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch                         48. Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets

49-5049. Johnny Thunders – Copy Cat                                         50. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

50_ella_louis_60051. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

52-5352. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited    53. Frank Black – Teenager of the Year

54-5554. Johnny Cash – American Music Vol. 1                              55. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

56-5756. Freddie Hubbard – Hub-Tones                              57. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

58-5958. Deer Hunter – Halcyon Digest                 59. Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time

60_ bowie dogs_60060. David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

61-6261.Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water          62. The Gun Club – Miami

63-6463. Paul McCartney – McCartney                        64. Talking Heads – Fear of Music

65-6665. Beastie Boys – License to Ill                66. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals

67-6867. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin….                  68. Beck – Odelay

69-7069. Joy Division – Closer                 70. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

71_funkadelic_60071. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

72-7372. Andrew W.K.                    73. Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power

74-7574. Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around               75. Doom & Madlib – Madvillain

76-7776. Peter Gabriel               77. Lou Reed – Transformer

78-7978. Howlin’ Wolf – Real Folk Blues                     79. The Specials

80_moon-television_60080. Television – Marquee Moon

81-8281. David Bowie – Pinups                82. Serge Gainsbourg – Historie de Melody Nelson

83-8483. Killing Joke                             84. The Cramps – Bab Music for Bad People

85-8685. The Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real       86. Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours

87-8887. Pink Floyd – Animals        88. Nick Lowe – The Jesus of Cool

89-9089. Various – The Best Musical Comedy Songs       90. Pizzicato 5 – Playboy, Playgirl

90_head heart_60091. The Head and the Heart

92-9292. Blur – Leisure                     93. Sharon Jones – I learned the Hard Way

93-9494. The Horrors – Strange House             95. The Damned – Damned

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97. Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties                 98. REM – Murmur

97-9899. Belle & Sebastian – Tiger Milk                           100. Pete Molinari – A Train Bound for Glory

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Design: Mexican Lobby Card

Mexican Lobby Cards are beautiful, especially from the 50’s and 60’s. Great weird artwork, bold type and a black and white still pasted smack in the middle of everything. Usually lobby cards would come in sets of 8 and were somewhat expensive to produce as each one would be a different 4 color print. The Mexican artist solved the problem by simply printing one 4 color master then slapping  a different cheap b/w photo on the existing card. Because of this many of the stills wouldn’t survive longer then a few runs of the film, becoming extremely dog-eared or missing all together. A totally clean card is a rarity indeed.

Attack of the Giant Leeches

Attack of the Giant Leeches

Beast with a Million Eyes

Beast with a Million Eyes

Santanico

Santanico

The Beast

La Bestia de la Noche Amarilla

La Call

La Callavera Chillona – Screaming Skull

Brujas

La Brujas del Infierno

charro

El Charro de la Calaveras or El Lobo Humano or El Vampiro Siniestro

La Mente Crime

La Mente  Y Crimen

La Mano del Dablo

La Mano del Dablo – Hands of the Devil

Doctor co de Isla Grienta

Doctor loco de la Isla Sangrienta – Crazy Dr of Blood Island (?)

Neutron

Neutron

Momias

El Latico en Las Momias Asesinas

Robot

La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano – The Azrec Mummy vs The Human Robot

Ataque Zombies

El Ataque de los Zombies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style: Lady Wrestlers

Women’s wrestling started as a novelty act between mens bouts in the 1940s. It didn’t take long for the women to be topping the bill all on their own. The 1950’s and 60’s were considered the “Golden Age” of womens wrestling and The Fabulous Moolah was Queen (see below). The idea of one tough, scantily clad (for the 50’s) babe kicking another scantily clad babes’ ass was a dream come true for the repressed 1950’s male. Just like everything else cool about the 60’s, lady wrestling simply faded away with the 70’s  – and was replaced with muscle bound men fake smacking the shit out of each other. Enter Hulk Hogan, et al.

The Fabulous Moolah

The Fabulous Moolah

Young Mae Young

Young Mae Young

Old Mae Young

Old Mae Young

Unidentified Lady Wrestler

Unidentified Lady Wrestler

Ella Waldek

Ella Waldek – Girl Wrestler

Penny Banner

Penny Banner

Unidentified Lady Wrestler

Unidentified Lady Wrestler

The Fabulous Moolah

The Fabulous Moolah

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Sculpture: Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is an Australian sculpture currently living and working in the UK. Ron started his career as a puppeteer and model maker for kids shows in London in the ’80’s. He created many of the creatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (even voicing the character Ludo) and Story Teller. He left Show Business for the world of fine art in 1996. With his model making skills he faithfully and in minute detail reproduces the human form but alters the scale, tiny or huge, for a sometimes (hell, all the time), jarring effect. His sculpture ‘Boy’ is over 16 ‘ high and ‘In Bed’ (seen below) spans well over 30′. His ‘Spooning Couple” is just a bit over 1 foot long. He creates his pieces out of silicone, polyurethane, wood, synthetic hair and hours upon hours of painstaking detail. Ron shows all over the world – as long as there’s space large enough to hold his work.

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Spooning Couple 2005 by Ron Mueck born 1958

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Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm  format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photographer style that was coined The Decisive Moment that has influenced generations of photographer.

Cartier-Bresson spent more than three decades on assignment for Life and other journals. He traveled without bounds, documenting some of the great upheavals of the 20th century — the Spanish civil war, the liberation of Paris in 1944, the 1968 student rebellion in Paris, the fall of the Kuomintang in China to the communists, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the Berlin Wall, and the deserts of Egypt. He became the first Western photographer to photograph “freely” in the post-war Soviet Union. But many of his most renowned photographs are of ordinary daily life, seemingly unimportant moments captured and then gone.

Cartier-Bresson died on August 3, 2004, aged 95. No cause of death was announced. He was buried in the local cemetery.

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France

France

Brussels

Brussels

Picasso and daughter - Spain

Picasso and daughter – Spain

Rome

Rome

Mexico

Mexico

France

France

USA (somewhere)

USA (somewhere)

Rome

Rome

France - The River Marne

France – The River Marne

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

Truman Capote - USA

Truman Capote – USA

PAris

France

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

France

France

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

LPs: Christian DIY

The Christian record market of the 60’s and 70’s was an odd phenomenon – to say the least. If you had something to say or a family you thought could sing, well dammit, make a record about it, slap a shitty picture on it and call it good. Thousands of records were produced on small labels, most likely owned by churches, sold to parishioners and not to too many others. They have made their way into Goodwill and Salvation Army record bins the world over, reaching more people than ever, and are for the most part, unintentionally hilarious. Though I’ve bought a number of these I’ve never listened to a single one, though I would give “No Crippled Girls in Heaven” by Lanita Eversole a spin.

Don't Let the Devil Blow Your Mind - by The Elder, Marshall Taylor

Don’t Let the Devil Blow Your Mind – by The Elder, Marshall Taylor

No Crippled Girls in Heaven

No Crippled Girls in Heaven – Lanita Eversole

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Sex and the Female – Evangelist Jay Snell
The Singing Midget

The Singing Midget – Lowell Mason & The Crusaders

The Beatles & Jesus Christ - The Valley-Aires

The Beatles & Jesus Christ – The Valley-Aires

The Weibe Family Singers

The Weibe Family Singers

Songs by - The Chet Long Family

Songs by – The Chet Long Family

The Love of God is Slipping Away

The Love of God is Slipping Away

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New Jerusalems Where I’m Bound (in an Airstream) – The Meeks Family
God's Gospel Giant Vance Zinn

God’s Gospel Giant – Vance Zinn

Excited - The Kings Messengers

We’re Excited – The Kings Messengers

Bill & Sue Present Jesus

Bill & Sue Present Jesus on Conformity Records

And God Gave Me a Fix

And God Gave Me a Fix, From Junk to Jesus

Come Ye Apart Awhile (?) - May

Come Ye Apart Awhile (?) – May Rowland