View Full Version : Famous Artists who designed Record Sleeves.

31-12-2004, 09:34 AM
Just looking at American Artists I've isolated the following:

Jean Michel Basquiat
<img alt="basquiat.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/basquiat.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Keith Haring
<img alt="haring.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/haring.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

The Hungry Who
<img alt="hungry_who.jpg" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/hungry_who.jpg" width="450" height="601" border="0" />

Sol Lewitt
<img alt="lewitt.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/lewitt.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Robert Longo
<img alt="longo.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/longo.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Robert Rauschenberg
<img alt="rauschenberg.jpg" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/rauschenberg.jpg" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Kenny Scharff
<img alt="scharff.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/scharff.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Michael Snow
<img alt="snow.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/snow.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Andy Warhol
<img alt="warhol.JPG" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/warhol.JPG" width="450" height="450" border="0" />

Do you know of any artists, famous or otherwise who've designed record sleeves? If you can contribute JPEGS to this thread so much the better :) !

Diggedy Derek
31-12-2004, 11:22 AM
Bridget Riley did the first cover of The Faust Tapes, didn't she? The diamond design, when it was selling for 0.49p. Don't have a JPEG unfortunately.

31-12-2004, 11:31 AM
he's done some nice stuff for sympathy.. records. well i think he's famous anyway.

sympathetic majesties request:

Alright, This time just the girls:

pretty sure these were created specifically for the job, which i think is what yr after. otherwise there's hods of good stuff that was lifted.

like this:

which i thought was the shit and perfectly accompanied my introduction to sabbath as a nipper.
oh, it's by Pieter Bruegel i think. hmm..

31-12-2004, 11:48 AM
gerhard richter for daydream nation... well actually he didn't design it, they borrowed his painting... does that count? currently off in the bush & everyone knows what it looks like so no jpg available from here

01-01-2005, 12:40 PM
Auerbach (sp?!) did that Japan cover for Oil on Canvas, didn't he?

04-01-2005, 12:52 AM
Jackson Pollock's 'White Light' appears through a hole cut in the sleeve of Ornette Coleman's 'Free Jazz' LP (Atlantic 1364) but, like the previously mentioned covers for Daydream Nation (featuring Richter's 'Two Candles') and The Faust Tapes (Riley's 'Crest'), it isn't strictly a cover design.

Not sure the criteria are that strict though! I noticed on the Reich cover - 'La photo de couverture est tirée du film de Michael Snow "Wavelengths" (1966).

So here's Coleman's 'Free Jazz'.

Also (I couldn't help myself), here's the original '67 pressing of warhol's banana, sorry, unpeeled.. heheh.

Warhol did a lot more covers than just VU: Jay Jay Johnson, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Griffiths (1940-50s), Velvet Underground (1960s), John Cale, Rolling Stones, Paul Anka (1970s), Billy Squier, John Lennon, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin (1980s) .. (from http://www.yo-yoll.net/collezionismo/warhol_grafico.htm)

Not strictly cover design (again!), but Bottrop Boy's EN/OF label series (ongoing) of artist/musician editions is worth a mention. http://baeumen.de/bottrop-boy/html/en_of.html

Here's Dan Graham's contribution for the Mirror/Dash (Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore) release, on my wall, and not being removed from frame in a hurry..

Then there's the whole can of worms with artists whose output combines musical releases and accompanying cover art with visual art and installations: Christian Marclay, Vito Acconci, Joe Jones, Yoko Ono.

And non-US: Dieter Roth, Christina Kubisch, Terry Fox, Rolf Julius, Harry Bertoia, Claus Bohmler, Milan Knizak, Hermann Nitsch, Henri Chopin spring to mind. I have cover art from most of these around.

Ubuweb (http://www.ubu.com) and Broken Music (http://www.aqualoop.com/aqua_sound/delia/delia_BrokenMusic.html) are resources to learn more .. I just noticed a cover by Jasper Johns, so I'm sure there are more names in there we've missed.

Finally, two non-American artists:

Roman Signer photo 'Wasser Steifel' on the cover of Gastre Del Sol's 'Upgrade & Afterlife'

Joseph Buey's cover of his own 'Sonne Statt Reagan' EP.

04-01-2005, 03:37 PM
what did diet(h)er rot(h) do? & knizak? quite partial to mr rot(h)...

also just remembered rauschenberg designed the vinyl for alking heads' speaking in tongues...

john eden
04-01-2005, 03:48 PM
Dali did one for Jackie Gleason:


Remote linking is weird from angelfire, so here is a direct link (http://www.angelfire.com/ego/dali2k/full/pargleasonalbum.html)

john eden
04-01-2005, 03:57 PM
Haring also did one for John Giorno:


04-01-2005, 04:43 PM
Dali did one for Jackie Gleason:
here it is

04-01-2005, 04:49 PM

<img alt="sgtpepper.jpg" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/sgtpepper.jpg" width="236" height="230" border="0" />

but also:

<img alt="bandaid.jpg" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/bandaid.jpg" width="323" height="320" border="0" />

04-01-2005, 07:15 PM
A graphic designer really, but Tibor Kalman's Remain in Light Cover for Talking Heads is awesome. He designed "Colors" magazine too.

04-01-2005, 07:21 PM
I suspect this opens an inapt. can of worms

john eden
04-01-2005, 09:09 PM
Debbie Harry

Who also had a cover done by H.R. Giger, who also contributed the notorious "Penis Landscape" as an insert to a Dead Kennedy's LP which got them in all the trouble with the PMRC.

Bonus question - who did Damien Hirst do a cover for?

04-01-2005, 09:48 PM
giger - elp's brain salad surgery .
jenny savage, manic street preachers holy bible.

in answer to yr question eden, did damian hurst do the sleeve to that dreadful vindaloo song?

mike kelley did the dirty sleeve by sonic youth as well, that's ace.
pau mcarthy did some blast first sleeves too.

trevor brown does those horrible whitehouse/venetian snares sleeves, he's fairly famous in his own right.

john eden
05-01-2005, 08:40 AM
in answer to yr question eden, did damian hurst do the sleeve to that dreadful vindaloo song?

I don't think so.

Come on, step right up! It's quizmeister JE's January special!

05-01-2005, 09:31 AM
Didnt Damien Hirst do the new band aid single and then have to redesign it cos the image he chose of a starving african child might scare young Westerners into not buying the record?

magic pendulum
05-01-2005, 09:54 AM
Didn't he do one for Dave Stewart
Mr Stewart in front of a row of coloured fire extinguishers

john eden
05-01-2005, 09:56 AM
Didn't he do one for Dave Stewart
Mr Stewart in front of a row of coloured fire extinguishers

That was the one I was thinking of! Gold star to you comrade pendulum! :)

05-01-2005, 02:52 PM
Raymond Pettibon is an interesting case of a sleeve/fanzine artist who is now part of the high art cannon.
not many artists are allowed this method of assimulation into the world of ''proper fine art''...

05-01-2005, 05:22 PM

<img alt="bosch.png" src="http://www.woebot.com/images/dissensus/bosch.png" width="500" height="409" border="0" />

another cover commissioned off hieronymous bosch ;)

05-01-2005, 06:31 PM
I don't think so.

Come on, step right up! It's quizmeister JE's January special!

yes he did, he co owned the record label was part of the group and even designed a poster for the single.
they were called fat les. It went to number one!

In 1998, Damien himself became involved in a popgroup, Fat Les, who recorded two singles that year, appeared at Glastonbury (but didn't perform), and who were accepted to participate in the Music Industry Soccer Six of 1999. Damien also co-owns the group's record label with actor/friend Keith Allen http://www.myleeds.net/leeds/celebs&gossip-damian.htm

they also covered jerusalem,
speaking of blake
so did this lot

05-01-2005, 07:04 PM
on a tangent anyone remember the ambassadors/we love you book and cd ?

had pics in the book with a cd attached, quite tasty when it came out.

Track Title
1. Useless Man (Mixed By The Grid)
2. Barry Flanagan & Hugh Cornwell / Mantra Of The Awoken Powers
3. Jessica Voorsanger & Dumb Angel / You're My Favorite Pop Star
4. Ashley Bickerton & Gray / The Mysterious Mister Bickertonl
5. Tracey Emin & Boy George / Burning Up
6. Towering Inferno / Crash
7. Gilbert & George & Stefan Girardet / Bloodlines
8. Macrohard / I Want To Be Erected
9. Marc Quinn & Brian Eno / Sensual Zero Gravity
10. Big Bottom
11. Chris Ofili & Add N To X / The Fullness That Fills Up The Pulse Of Durations Is Full
12. Rufus Knightwebb & Derrick May / Silent Revolution
13. Sam Taylor-Wood (Produced By Pet Shop Boys) / Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus
14. Duggie Fields (Produced By Arthur Baker) / Sometimes (Hey Now, Hey Now)
15. Jake Chapman & Russell Haswell / Digital Rim Smear Discharge: Solar Anus
16. Jane & Louise Wilson & MI7 / Hypnotic Suggestion
17. Georgina Starr / All About Love
18. Gavin Turk (Mixed By Dub Pistols / My Way

We Love You is a unique compilation of sonic artworks featuring collaborations between innovative musical originators such as Brian Eno, Derrick May, Boy George, Hugh Cornwell, Add N to X, Pet Shop Boys, and Arthur Baker with a cross-section of the most cutting-edge British contemporary artists including Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gilbert & George, Jake Chapman, and Angela Bulloch. It is presented in the form of a CD/book, a new format, a "futique" - a collectable piece of the future. We Love You is published in conjunction with Candy Records and contains original pieces of art by all the artists whose sonic artworks are contained on the accompanying CD. All the tracks on the compilation are previously unreleased and exclusive to We Love You. Designed by The Carpet Gypsies.

05-01-2005, 09:04 PM

he did this cover for a john peel sub-pop session. it's not that great but i wanted to mention him and that comic artists in general must be responsible for a hella lot of record cover art. pete bagge, robert crumb etc..
nobody mentioned them yet right?

05-01-2005, 09:33 PM
o no i can't :eek: :mad:
will.not.post.................must resist the urge....... :mad:

05-01-2005, 09:46 PM
sorry couldnt stop myself.....

but while we're kicking the category how can we neglect to mention the one who promoted sleeve design into a true fine art


he defined the genre in the 70s with his seminal covers of YES lps innit :p

05-01-2005, 10:28 PM
there was also famously guns and roses appetite for destruction by robert williams, who's most famous as a drawer of those custom car pictures pictures amongst other things. it's horrible and was pretty much banned . i think he coined the term low-brow art

john eden
06-01-2005, 09:53 AM
yes he did, he co owned the record label was part of the group and even designed a poster for the single.
they were called fat les. It went to number one!

Oops. I'd forgotten about his involvement with that. :o

I thought it was alright as football songs go...

25-01-2006, 02:20 PM
Just stumbled across this thread from a while ago. I'm researching some record covers so it has been very helpful, thank you all.

Abdul Mati Klarwein was a psychedelic/surrealist artist (I guess), quite an interesting fellow, who was apparently friends with Jimi Hendrix and Timothy Leary and whom Andy Warhol said was his favourite artist. He did the cover for Bitches Brew, and Santana's Abraxas, among others...


Anyway it's always going to be a fertile area for discussion. The research I'm doing is for a company that makes frames to display vinyl record covers as art, on your wall (www.artvinyl.com). They have a gallery on their website with some of their and their customers' favourite sleeves. Check it out if you have time... You could even post a picture of your favourite sleeves displayed in your house and become famous!

25-01-2006, 02:21 PM
...P.S. I thought Vindaloo was a cracking tune!

25-01-2006, 04:05 PM
perhaps betraying my wurzel hevvy metalist roots a little here ;) i wonder if woebot will remember local hero Rodney Matthews, who designed awesome recud covers for such luminaries as thin lizzy, magnum, hawkwind(?) et al

TIME TELLS NO LIES - 1980, Band: Praying Mantis (Inks, 100 x 50cm)

it would i think be churlish to suggest that the covers were the best bit......

26-01-2006, 07:20 PM
Hey hey Jim, as a proud owner of Bitches Brew on vinyl I agree that the sleeve looks amazing in its original 12" form! A true classic.

I've seen the Art Vinyl site, my brother bought a set of three and has them up in his flat, they're superb! He has Kraftwerk album sleeves on display in his which look fantastic.

Am definitely gonna get my hands on a set! Nice. :D :D :D

10-02-2006, 04:51 PM
there's a million of these... most obvious being futura 2000's mowax/unkle covers. I always loved this dj krush holonic cover with the paint splattered bathroom the best...
but the two I wanted to mention were...dalek (http://www.dalekart.com) who did this cover for a five deez breaks record...
as well as a 7" cover for awesome abstract hip-hop crew dalek (http://www.deadverse.com/) (called dalek vs dalek funnily enough)

and doze green (http://www.dozegreen.com/) who did the 2nd-4th volumes of the deep concentration series on om records among others but it's his awesome painting for the vol 2 cover below that I proudly hang on my wall...

oh... and re: giger covers... we cant forget danzig 3 now can we?...although they just used an existing painting so I guess it doesn't count... at least it wasn't another photo of him posing broodingly in a muscle shirt though huh!

12-02-2006, 01:06 PM

that's a little doll by Mike Kelly (but we knew that before didn't we)


detail of a painting by that African American painter/collagist... forget her name. always does silhuettes of historical themes.


and I believe this is part of a sculpture by Mathew Barney. if it isn't the inside sleeve is definitely Barney.

and I can't find any images but that awesome Tim Hawkinson "Pencil Thumb" peice adorns the inner sleeve of an average and forgettable record by Beck.

12-02-2006, 01:08 PM
Mike Kelly Doll jpeg didn't work for some reason, here it is again


12-02-2006, 04:05 PM
Mike Kelly Doll jpeg didn't work for some reason, here it is again


ooh. nice work leo.

big satan
12-02-2006, 06:08 PM
also on the sonic youth front:

richard prince for sonic nurse

the picture on the front of evol by richard kern. i think it may be a still from his film submit to me, although don't quote me on that.

rita ackermann for thurston moore's psychic hearts LP

big satan
12-02-2006, 06:13 PM
dj shadow public works boxset w/Shepard Fairey


15-02-2006, 05:22 PM
shepard fairy is NOT a real artist. and no, I do not care to launch into a tedius discussion regarding the fact.

we missed the most spectacular Sonic Youth cover of them all, for my favorite record by the band, and by the best painters alive:


and a page of Richter's works (bow down):


big satan
16-02-2006, 12:22 AM
shepard fairy is NOT a real artist. and no, I do not care to launch into a tedius discussion regarding the fact.

actually i thought about not mentioning that one because i'd class shepard fairy as a designer, but it's a really good mixCD so i included it.

henry s
17-02-2006, 06:55 PM
detail of a painting by that African American painter/collagist... forget her name. always does silhuettes of historical themes.

Kara Walker

henry s
17-02-2006, 07:26 PM

25-02-2006, 08:42 PM
Gary Panter is the first name that came up on my mind when I saw this thread. He recently came to my university to speak and showed some of his old record art. He also was the head set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse. If anyone is aware of the Rhode Island noise scene, his artwork is very influential in those groups.

25-02-2006, 10:35 PM
this is probably my all time favorite record cover, for Terry Riley's Poppy Nogood and the All Night Flight, by the equally amazing Bruce Conner, a mystic who worked in the 50s and 60s.

it folds out to a big poster. shame a proper reproduction is not available on the web...


more bad photos of Conner's drawings... he also made films, paintings, collages and sculptures. I kick myself for not getting the catalog of the retrospective.








26-02-2006, 12:49 PM
Not 'designed by', but there was a time when Don Mc Cullin regularly had his photos swiped for album covers -



Plus Dead Kennedys' 'Holiday in Cambodia', numerous Discharge releases and loads of other stuff I can't be bothered to Image Search

Incidentally, this Discharge album cover is a straightforward ripoff of a poster produced by the pressure group Radical Alternatives to Prison in 1975


06-03-2006, 03:19 PM
Did anyone mention Pushead (Brian Schroeder) ?

http://www.pusfan.com/sleeve.htm < all of them archived by genre/band

Someone mentioned HR Giger here s the "official list" from the man s website:


07-03-2006, 10:40 AM
Jakob Kolding did the booklet for St etienne's Finisterre (didn't know this untill i bought the CD over the weekend (£3 from Fopp bargain huntaz)

22-03-2006, 01:02 PM
saw this and thought of you.......http://www.barbarakrakowgallery.com/exhibition/event_details.php?id=3298