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Floyd’s Dark Side is best album cover

May 24, 2011

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been voted greatest album cover in a poll by Future Publishing’s musicians’ website, MusicRadar – with both the Floyd and the Beatles having two covers in the top 10:

  1. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (see Pink Floyd’s 1974 tour comic)
  2. Nirvana – Nevermind
  3. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  4. The Clash – London Calling
  5. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against the Machine
  6. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
  7. The Beatles – The White Album
  8. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
  9. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
  10. Pink Floyd – Animals

There’s neat link here with London Callingbeing the title of Barry Miles’s book on London underground movements, which has some great stuff on the early Floyd concerts. Also, Peter Blake, Sgt Pepper‘s cover artist with Jann Haworth, was inspired to use military uniforms by the shop I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet, which in turn was inspired by Alfred Leete’s Kitchener cover from London Opinion magazine in 1914.

Strange, though, that the list gives no credit to the artists who did the covers – and where’s Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy???!!!

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Pink Floyd cartoon: what’s it all about?

December 13, 2010
Pink Floyd Richard Right cartoon in the style of Playboy

Pink Floyd Richard Right cartoon in the style of Playboy

The more you look at this the more you see: Hugh Hefner, Charlton Heston, Rupert the Bear, they’re all obvious. But why is Charlton shouting ‘Annie Goni!’; who are the ‘wild bunch’ ‘packed lunch’ pair; and what about ‘The puppy ate the guppy’?

If anyone can translate Richard Wright’s ‘Rich right’ cartoon from ‘The Pink Floyd Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls‘, I’d be grateful.

Pink Floyd’s brilliant comic

January 10, 2010

Pink Floyd played the Liverpool Empire in November 1974 on their Wish You Were Here tour with a brilliant programme. ‘The Pink Floyd Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls‘ was a comic with a two-page cartoon strip for each of the band. Nick Mason and album art specialists Hipgnosis were the brains behind a great concept with art from Gerald Scarfe, Paul Stubbs, Joe Petagno, Colin Elgie and Richad Evans. I remember thinking when I saw the centre-spread cartoon by Scarfe -Why would anyone pay to make themselves look as ugly as that?!

Pink Floyd 1974 tour programme