From now on, at the end of each month we'll be sharing with you some cover art from albums and EPs that have recently been released, and making a good old fuss over them. For now, as an introduction, we're showing you some albums from any period of time, just for the fun of it.



Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money

– Will Slater

Some might say that Frank Zappa's best early sign of peculiarity was when he appeared on television playing the bicycle, which he took very seriously. For me, it's this album sleeve, simply because the sight of him in a dress reminds me very fondly of his famous response to a journalist's question, "You have long hair. Does that make you a girl?" The response was of course, "You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?"



David Bowie – Lodger

– Tim Boddy

It's taken a while for Lodger to dismiss the cheap ideology that it was the runt of the so called 'Berlin trilogy', the final release (1979) in this iconic series, though iconoclastic types will dispute it ever really existed as such a series. The most Brian Eno fingerprinted of them all (he barely got to touch Low in all honesty), this post-Thin White Duke/post-cocaine Bowie album is one of the most experimental he procured and was alarmingly successful and focussed with it, bridging the gap between Neu!, reggae and Talking Heads (acting somewhat of precursor to them in fact).

But ah yes the album cover; it's taken on a Polaroid SX-70 type camera with stale lighting, and then crudely blown-up out to create an amateurish low resolution effect. The image itself features Bowie on his back with limbs sodden and uncomfortably spread on the bathroom floor, nose broken, hand crocked. To see the whole picture you have to unfold the vinyl sleeve and open up; in it's natural folded state one side sees his torso and the other just his mangled legs with text.

And once you do open up it gets weirder; photos of Che Guevara's corpse, a couple of Omega wrist watches and Mantegna’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ to name but a few oddities. The explanation behind the cover from pop-artist visionary Derek Boshier is it's homage to Roman Polanski's film, The Tenant, a disturbing psychological thriller that contains crossover themes with Lodger. Fascinating, layered album art for an equally fascinating and layered album.



F.C Judd – Electronics Without Tears

– James Canham

I don't care what people say about the fetish at the moment for discovering 'lost masters and geniuses' (read: nerds that made sounds) I bloody love discovering the likes of Oramics, and this latest slab of weirdo electric noise by F.C Judd is rather fascinating and the minimal but patterned sleeve suits it perfectly. even if you don't like the sounds, that sleeve is bloody beautiful.



Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

– Hector Barley

There's a simple beauty to Godspeed's artwork that is so perfectly akin to their music and iconography. If nothing else, the artwork acts as a visual reminder to one of greatest album names ever, 'Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven'.

– Oliver Primus

The reason why this is my favourite piece of artwork of the month, is simple; not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also manages to showcase the bands manic sound beautifully. A great pairing if you ask me.

Watch out at the end of this month for our favourite album art released in February.