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Slideshow: Unacceptable in the 80s

In the 1980s, the music scene was changing at a breakneck pace, and artists who first became famous in the 60s were finding it difficult to stay relevant (and therefore rich). Many long-established artists tried changing things musically, often by embracing the use of synthesisers and electronic drum machines. Worse still, they also tried to improve their “branding” by changing their dress sense and visual aesthetics. This led to some unintentionally hilarious record covers. The slideshow below has ten album covers that show older artists trying, and failing, to look cool in the 80s. Click to activate…

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Listening with the Eye

Being the wild and crazy guy that I am, I own a copy of Fairport Convention’s 1969 album “Unhalfbricking”. I quite like the album, but what’s more striking than the music is the cover…

I can’t decide if that’s the best album cover of all time, or the worst. Looking at it again, I don’t think I’d previously realised that you can see the members of the band there in the background. This artwork was designed for a 12” sleeve in mind, and you can’t really appreciate all the details now it’s shrunk down to CD size. This got me thinking about album art in the modern era.

It seems to me that many modern designers still think they’re designing for an LP sleeve, and make “busy” covers which don’t work on a 5” by 5” canvasses. I went to Amazon.com to find some examples of what I mean…

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