When I was in elementary school, I was the kid with the ugly plaid lunchbox. It wasn’t that I was a nerd. I simply didn’t think that The Partridge Family or any of the other TV characters that appeared on lunchboxes during my school days were something I could commit to carrying around every day.
Lunchboxes.com has given cool kids (and adults) of today a selection of lunchboxes that far exceeds what can be found at the local Walmart. The designs available on the website include many classic album covers, such as The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon, and The Rolling Stones Tattoo You.
This is a great way to utilize classic album cover art. I wish these had been available when I was a kid. I think I would have carried the one that has the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced? Can you imagine how that would go over with other 3rd graders? Yeah, I was a weird kid.
In my ongoing effort to give equal attention to the various genres of popular music, I am going to feature an album by a thrash metal band today. Massive Aggressive by Municipal Waste is a good example of why I don’t often blog about heavy metal and its many subgenres.
These album covers almost always feature skulls, rotting corpes, zombies and freaky typography. It is a basic formula. The cover of Massive Aggressive doesn’t have a single original element.
However, the same cannot be said of the band’s recent music video for Wrong Answer. It is a unique combination of The Price Is Right and a slasher film. It is funny stuff — if you like fake blood and cheap horror movie effects.
Guy Webster has taken album cover photographs for some of the greatest artists of the rock era. His work includes photographs of The Doors (right), The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas, Sonny and Cher, Simon and Garfunkel, The Who and dozens of others.
Browsing though Webster’s online portfolio at http://guywebster.com, it is amazing to see how many iconic rock images have come from his lens.
I grew up in Ventura and I highly recommend it as a pleasant place to visit for those of you who are within driving distance (Ventura is a short drive north from Los Angeles). At $10 admission, those interested in album cover photography and rock history in general really can’t go wrong.
What: Focus on the Masters presents “An Evening With Guy Webster.”
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 1
Where: The Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Drive, Ventura, CA
Details: Webster plans to show more than 50 shots from his long photography career, as well as offer insights from it.
Cost: $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors; and free for Focus on the Masters members, the recently unemployed and children under 18.
The cover for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack has finally appeared online. The album is scheduled to be released on October 13. Like most soundtrack albums these days, the cover is based entirely on the movie poster. So, there aren’t any surprises here.
Adam Goldstein, who performed as DJ AM, was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. Goldstein was popular at clubs frequented by trendy celebrities and had many close friends in the music and entertainment industries.
Prior to his success as a DJ, Goldstein was a member of the alternative rock band Crazy Town, who are known for their 2001 hit Butterfly. Butterfly was number one on the Billboard chart for two weeks.
It was reported that Goldstein had just finished taping a reality TV show about drug interventions for MTV. He was a popular user of Twitter and many celebrities have been posting tweets about his passing. He was only 36.
On September 3, 1983, Eurythmics single Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) hit the top spot on the Billboard chart. The song remained at number one for just one week. However, it has endured as a classic of the 1980s and pop music.
The success of the single (from the album of the same name shown at right) was obviously due to the remarkable talents of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. However, the music video was somewhat of a sensation and helped bring the duo to public attention.
Annie Lennox shocked viewers with her bright orange crew cut and men’s clothing. She challenged the stereotypical image of the female pop star.
The cover for the single was very difficult to acquire. I create the composite below using several poor scans that I found online. I used to own this one on vinyl and I’m very sorry that I traded it in for used CDs years ago.
The cover for R&B singer/actor Mario’s forthcoming album D.N.A. was revealed online today. The cover features the artist standing on a city rooftop. I don’t know how many of you remember the poster and the cover of the soundtrack for the 1989 motion picture Rooftops (it featured music by Eurythmics, Grace Jones, Jeffrey Osborne and others). That is what immediately popped into my head when I saw the cover for D.N.A.
I don’t really see a connection between the rooftop scene and D.N.A. That’s not even the last thing that I think about when I look at it. However, it a a very nice album cover. Perhap it is good that they didn’t go with something cliche like test tubes and genetics.
The latest single from DJ Felix Da Housecat’s new album He Was King is called We All Wanna Be Prince. The music video features cameos by several celebrities and is (as one would expect) a tribute to Prince.
The album coveer for He Was King features a photograph of the artist on what appears to be a digital display. If you look into his glasses, you will see the image of woman. I can’t image why such a pretty lady would provoke a reaction like that.
The Hot Rats are a British duo formed by half of alternative rock band Supergrass. Apparently, they do a lot of cover songs during their performances. I recently found their version of The Beatles Drive My Car on YouTube and really enjoyed it. It is a difficult song to cover without sounding like the cast of Beatlemania.
The cover for the single is simply hideous. They would have been much better off using a screenshot from the video (right). The illustration is about as bad as it could be. It looks as if it has been traced from a photograph. Bright oranges and pinks are the worst colors to use for a digital image. Compression always results in lots of damage.
The video has a lot of interesting images. I like the scenes featuring the baby. One thing that made me chuckle were the number of comments on YouTube from people who are obviously unaware that Drive My Car is a classic by The Beatles. They must be young folks.