Wednesday, April 8, 2015

9. The Clash - London Calling

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On this image, the original album cover design was toned to sepia, processed with the extrude filter and posterized. The processed image is pasted at right. It was also stretched in order to plant the feet farther apart and thus make the destructive intent appear more resolute and forceful. The original was also toned to sepia, then reduced and pasted at the left over three rectangles joined together;
one of solid dark brown that outlines the horizon and two two-toned vertical rectangles of equal sizes with their lighter sides facing each other. I placed the smaller image a little bit
off centre in order to give an illusion of distance from, and emphasis to, the larger image. The reflections or shadows are left to the imagination of the viewer.

The processing with the extrude filter was really intended to make the image look shattered, influenced by, or as a result of, the guitar smashing.
To my delight, the guitar appears to be disintegrating; its pieces falling to the floor. The sepia tone also blends well with the pink and green.

Here's the original album cover art design.

No. 5, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever; No. 8, Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 9, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.

No. 4, Music Radar, The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time; No. 39, Rolling Stone, The 100 Greatest Album Covers. 

Design by Ray Lowry, photo by Pennie Smith. Album produced by Guy Stevens and Mick Jones. CBS 1979 (UK), Epic 1979 (US), Legacy 2005 (25th Anniversary).

The photo shows bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision bass against the stage at The Palladium in New York City on September 21 1979. Pennie Smith,
who photographed the band for the album originally did not want the photo to be used. She thought that it was too out of focus, but (band member)
Joe Strummer and graphic designer Ray Lowry thought it would make a good album cover. In 2002, Strummer's photo was named the best
rock and roll photo of all time by Q magazine, commenting that "it captures the ultimate rock'n'roll moment - total loss of control." More 

(A) London Calling - Brand New Cadillac - Jimmy Jazz - Hateful - Rudie Can't Fail

(B) Spanish Bombs - The Right Profile - Lost in the Supermarket - Clampdown - The Guns of Brixton

(C) Wrong 'Em Boyo - Death or Glory - Koka Kola - The Card Cheat

(D) Lover's Rock - Four Horsemen - I'm Not Down - Revolution Rock - Train in Vain 

"London Calling" live from MadFranko008 on YouTube.