North American Halloween Prevention Initiative – Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en (2005)
When I read Adam Lambert recent tweet that defends his new album cover as “campy”, I immediately thought of the most recent album cover that I have seen that displays a true sense of gay camp. The cover for the deluxe edtion of Rufus Wainwright’s Millwaukee At Last shows the artist in a bathrobe and putting on a huge diamond earring. Wainwright is also wearing a bit of eyeliner.
The album uses a retro font that adds to the campiness. The concept is simple. The photograph shows Wainwright’s personality and sense of humor. The image of a vain diva playing at a venue in the American Midwest is a joke that anyone can get in an instant.
Recently, photographer Matthew Rolston took a wonderful campy photograph of Adam Lambert for Rolling Stone. Lambert even uses this image as the background of his Twitter homepage. I took that image and applied fonts that are similar to those used on the Rufus Wainwright album. I think the result is an album cover that has much more impact and suits Lambert’s image.
Now, THIS is a campy album cover. I think it works because it is based on the work of a talented photographer and is not overworked. The background is not busy and distracting. It also works with the title of the album. “For Your Entertainment” envokes an image of an artist performing live on stage.
My advice to Adam Lambert is to seek out a talented photographer and art director for your next album cover. Do not try to come up with a cover that screams at the viewer. Your voice already does that.
The title track from Adam Lambert’s forthcoming album For Your Entertainment (right) was released yesterday as the first single. The album is scheduled to be released on November 17 and has caused a great deal of controversy due to the cover that features Lambert in heavy makeup and blue hair.
Lambert has defended the cover on his Twitter account, writing, “Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It’s an (homage) to the past. It IS ridiculous.”
Personally, I don’t have a problem with Lambert’s glam makeup. The cover is simply overdone. The stars in outer space background, amateurish typography and bright blue hair are all just to the right of being tacky.
Thankfully, the cover for the single is in black and white. The photo was probably taken during the same shoot for the album. Yet, the makeup does not come across as being as artificial as the image on the album cover.
AFI – All Hallow’s EP (1999)
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The single was released in July and followed by a music video that was posted on the artist’s YouTube channel in September. Both the song and the video have a very European flavor. It always puzzles me when British pop singers try to sound like Americans and vice versa.
The cover art for Lewis’ album, the Sad Song single and remix EP can all be described as busy. The images are very overworked with flourishes, colorful designs and distracting backgrounds. That isn’t always a bad thing. However, there doesn’t seem to be any concept behind these covers. The busy graphics are just there for decoration. The result is far from pleasing to the eye.
If you’re looking for some great Halloween sounds to play for the trick or treaters tomorrow and you don’t have a lot of time to make your own mix, consider downloading some classic horror radio programs featuring Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. These radio shows are more interesting than the typical Halloween sound effects CD and fun for the whole family.
A 23-minute track of Boris Karloff’s Death for Sale is available on Amazon.com for only 99 cents. The program features spooky sound effects and the unmistakable and creepy voice of Boris Karloff. This is a real bargain.
Also, available on Amazon.com is Witchcraft & Magic by Vincent Price. It features 14 tracks for $8.99 or selected tracks can be purchased for 99 cents each. It isn’t quite the deal as the Karloff album, but it is still worth the Price (pun intended).
Legendary rock band U2 has just released a special “super deluxe” limited editon of their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire (right) containing the remastered album a bonus audio CD, a DVD with live footage, documentary and videos, a 56 page hardback book with liner notes written by the band, and five photographic prints.
The box sex was released the day after U2′s October 25 performance at the Rose Bowl was streamed live on the Internet. The 2 hour and 21 minute show is now available on the band’s official YouTube channel.
From the press materials, box set looks as if it has been done right. The original album art has been reproduced quite nicely and used consistently on all of the packaged materials. This limited edition is also priced quite reasonably (currently on sale for $39.99 at Amazon.com).
Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party (1990)
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For those of you who are new to the AlbumArtExchange blog, our Déjà vu category is for album covers that seem eerily familiar — as if you’ve seen in somewhere before. Today, I ran across an album by Athens, Georgia rock band Widespread Panic that reminded me of the cover for a forthcoming album from Orange County, California metal band Throwdown.
Throwdown – Deathless (November 2009)
Widespread Panic – Don’t Tell The Band (2001)
The New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour (2007)