2346.I love album covers, even though they've become small.
Hey, things change. Vinyl LPs are a niche product now, and that's just the way things are. But the big covers … aaah, I digress.
The Chumbawama release, The Boy Bands Have Won, is not one I've ever listened to. But I would pick it up on the strength of this cover:
The Boy Bands Have Won is the title you'll usually hear, but it's not the whole title. The whole title is that big block of text, which runs:
The boy bands have won. And all the copyists and the tribute bands and the TV talent show producers have own. If we allow our culture to be shaped by mimcry, whether from lack of ideas or exaggerated respect, you should never try to freeze culture. What you can do is recycle that culture. Take your older brother's hand-me-down jacket and re-style it. Re-fashion it to the point where it becomes your own. But don't just regurgitate creative history, or hold art and music and literature as fixed, untouchable and kept under glass. The people who want to try to 'guard' any particular form of music are, like the copyists and manufactured bands, doing it the worst disservice, because the only thing that you can to do music that will damage it is NOT change it, NOT make it your own. Because then it dies, then it's over, then it's done and the boy bands have won.
So that's the whole title. I understand it holds the world record for the length of album titles. I like the way it tells us that what we do should be influenced by what comes before, if any sort of art is to be healthy, and even though we all stand on shoulders of giants if we try to create anything our own individual humanness is what makes things unique.
And I don't mean to say I dislike pictures as cover art – far from it. But every time I tell people you can draw pictures with type, I want to point out things like this. Color. Arrangement of type. Message. It hooks you, or you need to check for a pulse.
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