Marillion

The Atrocity Exhibition

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Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist
Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’

This is the way, step inside. This is the way, step inside.
This is the way, step inside. This is the way, step inside.

No, the title does not refer to the J. G. Ballard book – it is however the inspiration for the song with the same title by Joy Division. Although some of the book covers are atrocities.

I am a Joy Division fan. More lately than in my younger years. Not sure if this is because I now live in UK (this surely gave me a more intimate relation with Marillion) or because I am older. Ian Curtis and company have become a part of my design process, the same way as Marillion, Pink Floyd, Alan Parson, and Fields Of The Nephilim had previously. While some of these bands influence the “inspiration” on a musical + lyrics basis, others do for their own designs and visuals – be it the ones they were supported with or the ones they allow you to create with them. Some of these album covers did influence my style, and some have done so in terms of construction, or in terms of seeking a image that would capture the reader’s attention.  (more…)

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Storm Thorgerson holds a God status among designers, especially album cover ones. It is impossible not to recognize one of his works, be it for Pink Floyd, Genesis, or The Cranberries (which I will feature a bit further down). He had a style and a flair, and he had great clients. Some say the secret for his & and Hipgnosis success were the clients rather than the art. All we know, is that he is responsible for the cover of the The Dark Side of the Moon, an album that remained in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks and it is undoubtedly one of the best albums ever. However, it is not about Dark Side that I want to talk today – it is about his landscapes. Like the one above, done for the cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. (more…)