Hipgnosis: C or D?

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nobody did that teenage mindfuck thing better, always that right combo of creepiness & tackiness

gershy, Saturday, 5 May 2007 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link


bobby bedelia, Sunday, 6 May 2007 00:03 (fifteen years ago) link

The best part of that album cover is the fact that neither of their facial expressions seem appropriate for what's happening.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 6 May 2007 00:06 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah the dude's like, "oh...this gum's a lot stretchier than i thought it'd be. whatevs...is that the face Christ on her mole?" the chick's like, "must...refrain...from...punching his nuts...must...maintain...frigid exterior..."

latebloomer, Sunday, 6 May 2007 00:14 (fifteen years ago) link


am0n, Sunday, 6 May 2007 01:01 (fifteen years ago) link


Hipgnosis: 90% classic
This cover: Dud

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 6 May 2007 01:22 (fifteen years ago) link

What's lost in the translation is that US prudery resulted in the domestic label fading out the "couple" on Force It.

Gorge, Sunday, 6 May 2007 01:26 (fifteen years ago) link

defend the indefensible

bobby bedelia, Sunday, 6 May 2007 01:36 (fifteen years ago) link

In their defense, the album title is worst than the cover.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 6 May 2007 02:17 (fifteen years ago) link

The money that Sleazy made from this design group was the major source of funding for Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records.

I would lean toward classic.

Display Name, Sunday, 6 May 2007 02:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Completely classic. I don't love every Hipgnosis cover, but I don't hate any of them.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 6 May 2007 02:50 (fifteen years ago) link

i kinda like even the bad ones.


scott seward, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:01 (fifteen years ago) link

this was also censored in the u.s.


scott seward, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:02 (fifteen years ago) link


scott seward, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:04 (fifteen years ago) link


scott seward, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:05 (fifteen years ago) link

still censored

bobby bedelia, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:05 (fifteen years ago) link

whoops, never mind!

scott seward, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:07 (fifteen years ago) link

the 10cc 'original soundtrack' cover art is pretty heavy, though it's maybe a little more '8 1/2' than teenage mindfuck scorpions steez. all the same, i have to defer to the sleazy connection mentioned above.

earth mystery, Sunday, 6 May 2007 03:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i imagine the bad ones stemming from too much input from the bands, like them having "grand ideas" of what their cover look like and hipgnosis just executes it

am0n, Sunday, 6 May 2007 04:51 (fifteen years ago) link

(i don'te know any language)

am0n, Sunday, 6 May 2007 04:51 (fifteen years ago) link

C: Go 2 sleeve, obv.

D: Everything else.

King Boy Pato, Sunday, 6 May 2007 05:47 (fifteen years ago) link

estaban buttez r.i.p.

bobby bedelia, Sunday, 6 May 2007 05:53 (fifteen years ago) link

this is so wannabe hipgnosis


gershy, Sunday, 6 May 2007 06:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Hey, you just hit on an old axe I used to grind-- Absolute garbage. Total schlock. Pretentious nonsense. Yeah, they used to annoy me pretty bad...

Rich Smörgasbord, Sunday, 6 May 2007 06:31 (fifteen years ago) link

hipgnosis otm


dmr, Sunday, 6 May 2007 06:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Find me a cover with pterodactyls on it that isn't classic.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 6 May 2007 07:24 (fifteen years ago) link


Noodle Vague, Sunday, 6 May 2007 07:30 (fifteen years ago) link



Noodle Vague, Sunday, 6 May 2007 07:36 (fifteen years ago) link

My friend Jill pointed out that Mclusky's title The Difference Between Me and You is That I'm Not on Fire could be read as a tribute to the cover of Wish You Were Here.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 6 May 2007 08:35 (fifteen years ago) link

i kinda like even the bad ones.
-- scott seward,

Me too!

One of my (pathetically) proudest moments: A coupla years ago I was reading through a thread in which someone mentioned a certain Strawbs album cover depicting a guy trapped in a phone booth full of water. I'd never seen it, but after hearing the desciption I just KNEW it had to be a Hypgnosis original. Which it was.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Sunday, 6 May 2007 12:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyone who calls the cover of XTC's Go2 a "dud" is a complete idiot.

Alex in NYC, Sunday, 6 May 2007 12:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Hipgnosis=creator of some of the best album artwork evah. and highly recogniseable. Hipgnosis Vs. Peter Max in a brawl? H-unit drops Max w/ a Floyd retrospective!

edde, Sunday, 6 May 2007 17:02 (fifteen years ago) link

don't think they ever topped this one


Edward III, Sunday, 6 May 2007 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't think Dark Side OTM is all that. My fave is probably Wish You Were Here or Presence. That Quatermass is pretty nice too.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 6 May 2007 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

this should be cross-referenced with the "favorite Throbbing Gristle" poll.

dan selzer, Sunday, 6 May 2007 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

What's lost in the translation is that US prudery resulted in the domestic label fading out the "couple" on Force It.

Ha, that made it even creepier!

Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 6 May 2007 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link


gershy, Monday, 7 May 2007 04:34 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...


no roger dean, no credibility

bobby bedelia, Saturday, 26 May 2007 03:57 (fifteen years ago) link

The Cranberries and Catherine Wheel covers they did were pretty dire, but I dig the Peter Gabriel ones they did.

I really like the design on this one, but that awful font used in the band logo just about kills it:


Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 26 May 2007 05:43 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Cool, we have a Hipgnosis thread in place already.

I love the set photography they employed sometimes, the way they made it look oddly flat and lifeless. This cover is creepy.


Late night with Amazing Bo (MaresNest), Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:43 (nine years ago) link

storm thorgerson died just like two days ago, sorry to break it to you now :(

ice cr?mated (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:07 (nine years ago) link

Hah, yea I know thanks, I just didn't want to post pics on his RIP thread that may have been mostly Powell or Christopherson's work.

Late night with Amazing Bo (MaresNest), Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:34 (nine years ago) link

I never thought of it before, but it seems like they used a lot of hand colored black and white photos. That UFO one is definitely one, the first peter gabriel in the car is one, and I think Atom Heart Mother is too.

wk, Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:40 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

Was there never an Arena or Omnibus type documentary on Hipgnosis? If not, a missed opportunity. Just found this genial interview with French TV though: https://vimeo.com/406174252

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 22:49 (nine months ago) link

I think I saw something anyway. Think it may be something that is mentioned in relation to Sleazy christopherson though that's probably not the most frequent of subjects either.

Have definitely read a couple of coffee table books on the artwork

Stevolende, Thursday, 3 March 2022 10:33 (nine months ago) link

There was a documentary made about Storm & Hipnosis a few years back, I haven't managed to see it yet.

I just bought Po's book, it is really lovely actually and looks like a pretty good read.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 3 March 2022 11:44 (nine months ago) link

They went off the boil rapidly when Sleazy wasn't involved.

Resident Papist (Tom D.), Thursday, 3 March 2022 12:13 (nine months ago) link

XP - Hipgnosis *ugh*

Maresn3st, Thursday, 3 March 2022 13:13 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...


buyingit all up

| (Latham Green), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

Hipgnosis the IP holding company is named after the design studio, but there's no relationship otherwise.

Ironic example of IP infringement

theo, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

here's a question for you though: how many acts in the hipgnosis songs fund portfolio had record sleeves designed by hipgnosis?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 21:29 (two weeks ago) link

We need that data.

| (Latham Green), Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

TVMNIC = no lixor has yet pointed out that the couple in the image in that first post are sleazy's colleagues genesis p.orridge and cosey fanny tutti

mark s, Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

i say lixor

mark s, Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

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