Episode 7 – Peter Ashworth

In this episode I interview the photographer, Peter Ashworth about his seminal body of work for classic pop albums by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Soft Cell, Eurythmics, Visage, Depeche Mode and many others. This interview was edited by Peter and myself from a longer conversation and was conducted inside and outside his 'Mavericks' exhibition at The Gallery at 41 Stanhope Street, Liverpool L8 5RE Liverpool, 2 June - 8 July 2018. Continue reading

Episode 6 – John Petch and OMD

In this episode I speak with North West artist, John Petch about his artistic collaboration with OMD for the sleeve of their album entitled 'The Punishment of Luxury'. I met with John at dot.art gallery in Liverpool city centre, just as his exhibition was coming to a close and we talked about the works on show and more specifically the pieces commissioned by OMD's Andy McCluskey. Continue reading

Episode 5 – ‘The Innocents’ by Erasure

This is a slightly different episode of Art on your sleeve because it isn't solely about design and it isn't my usual interview format. For a while, I've been subscribed to a really informative show entitled The Permanent Record Podcast, hosted and created by Brian and Sarah Linnen. It regularly features insightful analyses of record releases from the same period that I focus on with my Pop Art interviews for Classic Pop magazine.  Continue reading

Episode 4 – Rob O’Connor/Stylorouge

Rob O’Connor’s Stylorouge creative studio can arguably boast the largest pop portfolio of clients I’ve ever tackled for my regular Pop Art feature in Classic Pop magazine. From Meatloaf to Morrissey and Bowie to Barlow, I met with Rob at Stylorouge in the beautiful Kent countryside to talk 35 years of pop design, music and mischief. Continue reading

Episode 3 – Huw Feather

I'm not exactly fulfilling my promise to get a podcast out every month, am I? Oh well... quality rather than quantity eh? This episode is all about the design work of Huw Feather, a very nice chap who is now a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. In the early-1980s, way before Huw began working in academia, he was the man responsible for almost every Soft Cell record sleeve, as well as many more for the solo career of Marc Almond. He grew up with Marc in Southport so it was nice to meet him back in his hometown. Continue reading

Episode 2 – Laurence Stevens

Finally, episode 2 is up and running. This was a joy and a massive pain to complete... A joy because Laurence Stevens was an absolute delight to talk to - a total pop fan and enthusiast who is still involved in design today. A pain because I ended up with a corrupted audio file which meant I had to do the interview twice, and a trip to London for the interview was a waste of his time. Very frustrating indeed. Continue reading

Episode 1 – Introduction

I'm back Back BACK! as Smash Hits would have once declared. It's been a while since I podcasted, but the time is right and I've got something worth sharing. You may be aware that I write about design and music for a fine magazine entitled Classic Pop. Each issue I use up plenty of lovely colour pages waxing lyrical about the beautiful design work that once adorned record covers. I usually feature a specific designer and explore their archive of materials and I've interviewed some fascinating people. These podcasts will be a supplement to the magazine, allowing me to include additional content that due to word count limitations, often can't make it into print. I hope you enjoy the show, please subscribe at iTunes HERE and if you're very nice, you could even leave a review there. https://soundcloud.com/oftctopus/art-on-your-sleeve-episode-1-introduction Continue reading