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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Heston » 28 Aug 2017, 10:16am

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What would you do to improve it?
Bury the fucker under 3 miles of concrete to make sure I never have to hear them again.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Aug 2017, 10:28am

Heston wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 10:16am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
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What would you do to improve it?
Bury the fucker under 3 miles of concrete to make sure I never have to hear them again.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Flex » 28 Aug 2017, 12:31pm

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Returning to this thread, I offer Swans' iconic Filth cover. The teeth x-ray is almost certainly the most recognizable image associated with the band. The typography, tho, mars the impact. What would you do to improve it?
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0397/ ... 1431713840
If you really want to amp up the discomfort level, give the lettering more of a Futurist feel - the creeping sense of fascist aesthetic would probably put the artwork over the top (in a sense).
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Aug 2017, 12:49pm

Flex wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 12:31pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 8:35am
Returning to this thread, I offer Swans' iconic Filth cover. The teeth x-ray is almost certainly the most recognizable image associated with the band. The typography, tho, mars the impact. What would you do to improve it?
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0397/ ... 1431713840
If you really want to amp up the discomfort level, give the lettering more of a Futurist feel - the creeping sense of fascist aesthetic would probably put the artwork over the top (in a sense).
That does make sense in that the Swans aesthetic is about the visceral effect of the music, much less cerebral. You're supposed to feel something in your gut. Which does lend itself to fascism's glorification of power and violence. (Gira is going in a different direction with its purpose, mind you, tho in those early years he was more ambiguous.) So there is a sensible aesthetic connection.

A lot of those posters utilzed the type at odd angles. Is that what you would do, or keep it horizontal?
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Kory » 28 Aug 2017, 2:16pm

Those red bars really ruin what should be a striking-as-fuck photo. I would ditch them, turn the text red, and either leave it where it is or center it above and below the image.

BUT what I'd really like to do is cut the text altogether. The album cover is just black with teeth on it in the center. Way more effective that way.
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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
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St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
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Florida Timeshare (ditto)
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Kory » 28 Aug 2017, 2:18pm

Kory wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 2:16pm
Those red bars really ruin what should be a striking-as-fuck photo. I would ditch them, turn the text red, and either leave it where it is or center it above and below the image.

BUT what I'd really like to do is cut the text altogether. The album cover is just black with teeth on it in the center. Way more effective that way.
I'd also mask out that line on the left side. I guess that's the apparatus that keeps the lips out of the way? It distracts from the brutal simplicity of the teeth.
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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
Heraclitus (EMI)
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Aug 2017, 2:21pm

Kory wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 2:16pm
Those red bars really ruin what should be a striking-as-fuck photo. I would ditch them, turn the text red, and either leave it where it is or center it above and below the image.

BUT what I'd really like to do is cut the text altogether. The album cover is just black with teeth on it in the center. Way more effective that way.
My inclination, too, would be to get rid of the text—leave it for the back sleeve—but Flex's idea of a fascist aesthetic with the text is kind of intriguing.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 30 Oct 2017, 4:04pm

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So, Kory et al, what say you? I'm iffy on the typography, yet the whole thing works for me, quite early 20th c. futurist. I'd love a mounted and framed poster of it, in fact.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Marky Dread » 30 Oct 2017, 4:47pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 4:04pm
Image

So, Kory et al, what say you? I'm iffy on the typography, yet the whole thing works for me, quite early 20th c. futurist. I'd love a mounted and framed poster of it, in fact.
That mustard yellow is very GEERish.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 30 Oct 2017, 4:51pm

Marky Dread wrote:
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That mustard yellow is very GEERish.
Tho I don't care much for the album, GEER is far and away my favourite Clash sleeve.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Flex » 30 Oct 2017, 4:51pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
28 Aug 2017, 2:21pm
My inclination, too, would be to get rid of the text—leave it for the back sleeve—but Flex's idea of a fascist aesthetic with the text is kind of intriguing.
My ideas are always extremely the best imho
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Kory » 30 Oct 2017, 5:06pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 4:04pm
Image

So, Kory et al, what say you? I'm iffy on the typography, yet the whole thing works for me, quite early 20th c. futurist. I'd love a mounted and framed poster of it, in fact.

I like it. My only suggestion would be to have the figure invade the text space a bit to make them interact more.

The O in that typeface is kind of funny—I'd assume the type designers were either trying to make sure the O didn't cause confusion with a capital D (though the face looks to be all lowercase. I'd be interested in the uppercase version—the O may be from that), or just trying to be quirky. It makes it more difficult to read, but the poster demands attention, so you wouldn't be skimming it anyway.
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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
Heraclitus (EMI)
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 30 Oct 2017, 5:07pm

Flex wrote:
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My ideas are always extremely the best imho
Flex in 2001 wrote:They should do a Star Trek prequel series about the first Enterprise and get Scott Bakula to be the captain.
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Dr. Medulla » 30 Oct 2017, 5:10pm

Kory wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 5:06pm
I like it. My only suggestion would be to have the figure invade the text space a bit to make them interact more.

The O in that typeface is kind of funny—I'd assume the type designers were either trying to make sure the O didn't cause confusion with a capital D (though the face looks to be all lowercase. I'd be interested in the uppercase version—the O may be from that), or just trying to be quirky. It makes it more difficult to read, but the poster demands attention, so you wouldn't be skimming it anyway.
What about having the name of the group three times, especially all in the same place? How would you justify that?
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Re: Covering Album Covers

Post by Flex » 30 Oct 2017, 5:11pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 5:07pm
Flex wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 4:51pm
My ideas are always extremely the best imho
Flex in 2001 wrote:They should do a Star Trek prequel series about the first Enterprise and get Scott Bakula to be the captain.
IT WAS SO PERFECT ON PAPER
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