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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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