While recently checking out the video below by the Audio Bullys (the UK duo whose third album Higher Than The Eiffel arrives in Amoeba tomorrow) for their great 2008 single-only release "Gimme That Punk" in which they display countless classic album covers (including The Clash, The Doors, The Kinks, The Sex Pistols) it further reminded me of why I love (and miss) LPs and their glorious 12" by 12" cover art work so much. This is why I always look forward to checking out new (and always themed) LP cover art posts here by The Gone World Amoeblogger Mr Chadwick and any record or LP cover art gallery shows like the ones at very top and lower points of this blog, courtesy of Siemon Allen Records, whose current exhibit Records (South African Edition) just ended yesterday at the Johannesburg Art Fair.
The Audio Bullys' video reminded me of another UK musical duo's video from recent years, dan le sac VS scroobius pip's 2007 video for their hit single "Thou Shalt always Kill," in which they also flip through various classic album covers as they dismiss their respective makers as being "just a band." This music video style, utilized by both this pair and the Audio Bullys, of displaying and then tossing on the ground the LP covers that are referenced in their lyrics is directly derived from the film footage of Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home album track "Subterranean Homesick Blues" in which Dylan is filmed tossing large cue cards with key words from the song's lyrics.
Taken from from D. A. Pennebaker's 1967 film, Don't Look Back (a documentary on Bob Dylan's tour of England in 1965), the clip influenced many later artists, including The Les Claypool Frog Brigade's "Buzzards of Green Hill" video (from the 2002 album Purple Onion), INXS' "Meditate" video (found on their hugely popular 1987 album Kick), and NY hip-hop trio De La Soul in their 1989 video for "Me Myself and I" (at about the 2:00 mark). But perhaps the best -- or, at least the funniest -- was the "Weird Al" Yankovic "Bob" video (from his 2003 album Poodle Hat) in which he directly spoofed the original Dylan clip right down to shooting on black and white film and the inclusion of an Allen Ginsberg lookalike.
But getting back to the topic of album cover art, in addition to the Audio Bullys and dan le sac music videos, below are also some videos of various LP cover art collections, including one of the reggae label Trojan Records, a random LP + 12" cover art collection with many 70's & 80's disco, pop, & new wave releases, one of the top sexy album covers, and one of the 50 worst album covers (which, not surprisingly, are brilliant in their own kitschy way). There is also a video clip of Blue Note album covers as part of a documentary that focused on Reid Miles -- the influential art director at Blue Note who was highly influential in shaping the jazz label's image.
Audio Bullys "Gimme That Punk" (LP covers at the :35 mark)
dan le sac VS scroobius pip "Thou Shalt always Kill" (LP covers at the 1:25 mark)
Blue Note LP cover art by Reid Miles
Trojan Records LP Covers
50 Worst Album Covers
Various LP + 12" cover art, including many 70's & 80's disco, pop, & new wave releases
Top Sexy LP Cover Art (no sound)