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Sleevage Sunday! #1

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I’m going to start with the Dead Kennedys “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” from 1980. I bought this in ’84 or ’85 and was probably the first time I had head any American punk.

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The juxtaposition of weird imagery was in stark contrast to much of the other stuff around at the time. The DK ‘badge’ shown on the drumkit collage above was also printed on the centre label – this striking design was one of the most common logos on leather jackets, t-shirts and badges – I reckon that there are quite a few blurry old DK tattoos lurking beneath some respectable shirt sleeves these days!

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With this album came a double sided 6 panel fold out poster – opened size 60 x 40″

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For those of you who are not familiar with this scale I have put it into a scale most people will understand!

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cassetteSleevage Sunday is where I share selections from my old but recently rediscovered vinyl collection. Music has always been an important part of my life, but so was the packaging. In my formative years I would carefully study every inch of the cover, read every sleevenote, credit and publishing blurb so that the visual qualities of these records became intrinsically linked with the music, so that even now when I hear an old song I also get the imagery too! Alas, much of this will fall upon younger heads whose only visual link with their music is the tiny thumbnail on their iPod…

I am not judging any of these covers – some are great, some are really bad, and others just are. These are simply the images of my youth.

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