Five eye-catching front covers of LPs turning 30 in 2022
1. Vulgar Display of Power by PANTERA
The LP’s title is taken from a line of 1973 horror classic The Exorcist. The picture is by photographer Brad Guice. The band wanted “something vulgar, like a dude getting punched”.
2. Going Blank Again by RIDE
Cover artwork by British artist Christopher Gunson. He has written and illustrated
many children’s books, including the award-winning Over On The Farm.
3. Bone Machine by TOM WAITS
The cover photo is by Bob Dylan‘s son Jesse. The concept was created by him and Waits.
4. Rage Against The Machine by RAGTM
The cover picture is by journalist/photographer Malcolm Browne. It shows the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963.
The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm‘s administration for oppressing
the Buddhist religion.
5. Amused To Death by ROGER WATERS
The LP’s artwork features a chimpanzee watching television in reference to
Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Waters: “the ape is symbol for anyone who’s
been sitting with his mouth open in front of the network and cable news.”
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1. ‘Henry’s Dream’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Released: 27 April 1992 – 7th LP
Charts: #29 in the UK / #41 in Australia
Rolling Stone said: At times Cave veers into melodrama, but his songs
of suffering and sin are still convincing. With the Bad Seeds serving as the
exorcists for Cave’s demons, Henry’s Dream stands as provocative – albeit
harrowing – music.” Score: 4.5
TUTV: One of my all-time favorite
Bad Nick Cave Seed works
2. ‘Dry’ by PJ HARVEY
Released: 30 March 1992 – her debut LP
Charts: #11 in the UK
Pitchfork wrote: “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched
Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness,
outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became
an instant star.” Score: 4.5/5.
TUTV: A masterpiece. Still.
3. ‘Automatic For The People’ by R.E.M.
Released: 5 October 1992 – 8th LP
Charts: #1 in the UK and New Zealand, #2 in the US
AllMusic: “A haunting, melancholy masterpiece… R.E.M. have
never been as emotionally direct as they are here, nor have they
ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record
is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.”
TUTV: They put a magnum opus
on the moon with this one.
4. ‘Bone Machine’ by TOM WAITS
Released: 8 September 1992 – his 11th LP
Entertainment Weekly wrote: “Bone Machine finds Waits veering
along the midway barking his favorite themes — decadence and death,
purgatory and pain — but beneath his hellacious bellows and grotesque
arrangements lurks a caring, humanist heart.” Score: 5/5.
TUTV: I wonder if Waits still doesn’t want to grow up.
5. ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ by SPIRITUALIZED
Released: 20 March 1992 – debut LP
Charts: #27 in the UK
NME said: “There’s awesome, cool dignity here, a depth and
scope far beyond rock’s normal parameters, and an abiding
faith in the redemptive power of music which can embrace
both consoling murmurs and euphoric surges.” Score: 5/5.
TUTV: The start of a soul-searching
symphonic gospel adventure, still in motion.
6. ‘Rage Against The Machine‘ by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
7. Slanted & Enchanted by PAVEMENT
8. It’s A Shame About Ray by THE LEMONHEADS
9. Code:Selfish by THE FALL
10. ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion‘ by THE BLACK CROWES