Episode 17 – Bill Smith
In this episode of Art on your sleeve, I speak with graphic designer and art director, Bill Smith. Since the 1970s, Bill has been one of the busiest designers servicing the music industry and he’s worked on so many record sleeves that a book has been published celebrating his amazing portfolio. In the introduction to the show I read from …
Abacab, Alison Moyet, Art, Bill Smith, Bill Smith Studio, Design, Fredie Mercury, Genesis, Graphic Design, hounds of love, Kate Bush, music, Paul Weller, Queen, Record Sleeve Design, Red Planet Books, Robert Smith, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, The Cure, The Jam, Thomas Dolby, Toyah
- May 20, 2021
Episode 16 – Eurovision Song Contest
I’m back, Back, BACK! A new season of Art on your sleeve is upon us as we all gradually emerge from hibernation and remember what life was like before Zoom. This episode is a slight diversion from the usual format, but all is explained in the show introduction. I am joined by Eddie De Souza and Lucy Percy to dissect …
Episode 15 – Simon Halfon
This episode is an audio supplement to a six-page Pop Art feature I wrote for Classic Pop magazine, issue 27, published February/March 2017. This issue of the magazine is now out of print but it is available to purchase in digital format from: https://pocketmags.com/classic-pop-magazine/febmar-17 From the horse’s mouth, or the designers website: Simon Halfon has been designing artwork since the …
Being Boring – Pet Shop Boys
Being Boring, a single by Pet Shop Boys is 30 years old today. This is one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite pop groups and as such, I felt I needed to mark the occasion. What better way than with an episode of Art on your sleeve.
Episode 13 – Peter Coyle and The Lotus Eaters
In this episode I speak with Peter Coyle, formerly of The Lotus Eaters about the design work behind his music. When The Lotus Eaters made the top 20 in 1983 with their debut single, The first picture of you, (link to YouTube) they did so with sleeves that often used art to represent the band. In the podcast we talk about all …
Episode 12 – Bob Linney
This episode is an audio supplement to a six-page Pop Art feature I wrote for Classic Pop magazine, issue 13, published October/November 2014. This issue of the magazine is now out of print but it is available to purchase in digital format from: https://pocketmags.com/classic-pop-magazine/octnov-2014 In the podcast I interview artist and designer, Bob Linney about his record sleeve artwork for …
Episode 11 – Calling America
Several podcasts were scheduled for Summer 2020 with some significant record sleeve designers, some I’ve previously written about and some may feature in future pop articles for Classic Pop magazine. Sadly, Coronavirus came along and changed everyone’s plans, including the publication of Classic Pop magazine which is on hold while most outlets that sell it are closed. Never fear though, …
Episode 10 – The Cloth
This episode is an audio supplement to Classic Pop magazine, issue 4, published May/June 2013. In this podcast I interview artist, Fraser Taylor, who was part of a design collective called The Cloth (1983-1987).
Fraser was one quarter of The Cloth along with David Band, Helen Manning and Brian Bolger. The art of Fraser Taylor and David Band featured on many record sleeves in the early eighties, most notably for Spandau Ballet, Altered Images, Aztec Camera and The Bluebells. Music from these artists and others is included in the episode along with archive interview content from Gary Kemp and David Band.
Episode 9 – Pete Barrett
This episode is an audio supplement to Classic Pop magazine, issue 53, published on 31 May 2019. It features my 35th Pop Art feature, this time with graphic designer, Pete Barrett.
Episode 8 – Record sleeve design
This episode is an audio supplement to the ‘Synthpop’ special edition of Classic Pop magazine, published on 7 February 2019. In the magazine I have written an eight page feature about the best sleeve designs of the synthpop genre from the last 40 years.