For the second post in my non-alphabetical series, I bring you the wonders of Guided by Voices. Their cover art is really individual, and I think it really adds interest and value to a CD if it looks like the artists have taken care over the artwork. It makes you really think these are real gems. They are really something.
I don’t know who made these collages, I should have found out for you, but nobody is perfect. Maybe it’s the band themselves – Mika does his own artwork (possibly with help from his sister (?)) I should really research these things for you, but I don’t claim to be an encyclopaedia, you should really view this as a conversation with someone at a bus stop.
I do not have a favourite here, I think they are all very special and interesting for different reasons! I hope you do too!
If you do have a favourite, you can let me know in the comments. Or maybe you will want to keep it to yourself. Or you will tell someone at a real bus stop. I don’t know.
I like the cardboard boxes in that one, and the rectangle of sky. I am not partial to the grey illustrations of (is it an ear or an organ?) either way, it’s not my favourite part of that cover, but I really like the boxes and the sky!
I like the dirty lined paper in this one below, I think that’s really interesting. And what is also interesting is that I don’t really understand the rest of what’s going on in this picture, which is mildly unnerving, but the fact that I like the lined paper wins over the uncertainty about the rest of it, and so over all, I really like it! The mind is a mysterious thing.
I really like this one too – I like the font, I like the bicycle, I like the earthy colours.
I can’t tell if this is collage or not (below) but it is still an interesting picture, so it still has an appeal and a specialness which I crave and am drawn to.
And here is the last one for this post, it’s probably the only one I’m not a hundred percent keen on, as it has a sinister feeling about it, but at the same time, it still has the originality which suggests that it has value and that the musicians cared a lot about it. I think. Maybe I’m just crazy. Eh?