20 years ago today, on 5 May 2003, BLUR released their 7th,
critcially praised album THINK TANK. It topped the UK charts.
Artwork: The cover was stenciled by the British
graffiti artist and political activist Bansky.
Despite Banksy stating that he normally avoids commercial work he later defended
his decision to do the cover, saying: “I’ve done a few things to pay the bills, and I did the
Blur album. It was a good record and the commission was quite a lot of money.
I think that’s a really important distinction to make. If it’s something you actually believe in, doing something commercial doesn’t turn it to shit just because it’s commercial. Otherwise you’ve got to be a socialist rejecting capitalism altogether, because the idea that you can
marry a quality product with a quality visual and be a part of that even though it’s capitalistic
is sometimes a contradiction you can’t live with. But sometimes it’s pretty symbiotic, like the Blur situation.”
Artwork: by art-punk musician and all around creative artist SSION.
SSION: “I had never used Photoshop before. I feel like that’s part of the reason that it looks
the way it looks. I just didn’t know what I was doing. At the same time I think that’s sort of what they were after. Karen sent me that movie Wild Style [Charlie Ahearn’s 1983 cult hip- hop film]. She was really into how when you go on the subway or whatnot, there’s tons of flyers on top of one another, and things get peeled away so there’s all these layers. It looks like beautiful, and trashy – it’s that feeling of New York. For me, it was something that’s retro.”
YYYs released a short film to celebrate the 20th birthday of that debut album.
Artwork: Designed byMark Wilkinsonn who would got the job for
creating artwork for all Marillion releases through The Thieving Magpie
album that came out in 1988.
Wilkinson (aged 71 now) is an English illustrator, best known for the detailed surrealistic cover art he created for among others, British metal champions Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and also for Marillion‘s lead singer Fishs’ solo albums. Versed in a number of
techniques, he is considered to be a master of the airbrush.