The excellent Land of Cerpts & Honey http://landofcerptsandhoney.blogspot.com/ is currently showcasing his favourite comic book cover, which led me to thinking of my own, so with thanks for the thought to Cerpts. Here are some of mine.
Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. a set of (often imitated) pop art covers by Steranko
Frank Miller's cover to DD issue 187 OVERKILL
Summing up nicely the silliness of Superman and his extended family back in the sixties
The great Neill Adams creates a dramatic cover that makes you want to turn the page instantly
Icon Kirby at his Cosmic best. A cover that does not feature the stars of the comic in its main design
A remarkable Steve Ditko cover to possibly the greatest single issue of Spider-Man
A landmark for The Xmen and Marvel Comics this John Byrne cover dramatically summarises the story within whilst piquing curiosity
Barry Smith's pre Raphaelite tendencies encapsulated on this beautiful cover
The sensational 100 Bullets. 100 fantastic issues 100 amazing covers by Dave Johnson. Hard to pick a best one, you can view them all by following the link
What?! That real, that deep, that burning, that amazing unconditional, inseparable love
That feel like forever, that always emotional but still exceptional love
Can't nobody tell me nothing it is what it is
And any mistake you make I, I just may forgive
Right now, right now at this very moment I still love her like I loved her then
I love her in and out and up and down and 'round and 'round and over and over again
So rare they swear that you just don't exist
And It's only one person I can think of that makes me feel like this
And I'm a fool, such a fool for you!
What?! That deep, that sweet, that something That wet that fire, that fall for stuff
That up and that down, that front and that back, baby I can't seem to get enough
Ooo Baby let me do it, let me do it 'til I'm satisfied
ahh ahh Baby now please baby I ain't got no more pride
Sweet sugar I surrender, I don't wan't no other woman. Baby you win
And you ain't never got to worry, ever got to worry
You'll never be alone again
There's nothing, there's nothing That I wouldn't do
I wrote a song about it mama
Everybody knows who I'm talking to
And I'm a fool, such a fool for you
OUR LIVES: THE KNOCKERS TALE(1983) & Cutting Edge: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE KNOCKERS (1993)
I remember watching these documentaries in awe; they were hysterically funny and absolutely summed up a certain time and place.
Four young Herberts from Canning Town are what used to be known as knockers. Selling shoddy household goods to bored housewives on the pretext of raising money for charity. The first of these documentaries saw the knockers shamelessly playing up for the camera. The faked tear up between a rival firm is both unconvincing and hilarious.
The only footage I’ve managed to track down is from Bob Mills’ ‘In Bed With MeDinner’
Ten years after the original there was a follow up that saw our heroes making a few bob abroad.
As fly on the wall examinations of working class culture in the eighties and nineties go these are not the hard hitting works of classic documentarians. What these two programmes are is an entertaining, funny and unknowingly witty view of a bunch of boys who duck and dive, although moments of fakery are present the depiction is far more honest than anything produced by the likes of Guy Richie or Nick Love.
Link to In bed with me dinner well worth a look/purchase:
A young protegee of Rick James. A singer, songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist, Teena Marie provided many a record that filled the clubs and dance floors in the eighties. Recordings on Epic and Motown show how talented she was.
Two record covers that capture a moment. Designed by Graham Smith, these records where 12" vinyl aimed at clubs, from a white English band. They coincided with the 'club' culture going mainstream; Particularly Chant Number 1 which was a huge hit in the USA.
Paint me down's accompanying video is quite embarrassing, however, it includes a news reel style potted history of how the clubbing scene grew outside of it's confines. Chant Number 1's video showed a mini Soho nightlife.
The scene in London was always best as a smaller, more intimate experience and now we all knew it was going to change.
After the success of Chant pop and club collided and it was almost the beginning of the end in some ways.
These two sleeves just remind me of a significant moment for me and the social world i was involved in as a younger man, and I guess mean little else to others.
Not being someone that buys much new music; given it's paucity of any artistic merit,my listening habits are generally older musical fare. The one album that stood out for me this year from the new releases, was Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks. Plan B, I assumed, was one of those awful British Rappers. This album proves that young Mister Drew is quite a gifted singer songwriter with a decent voice.
The album is a bit of a concept album, telling the story of a British Soul singer; Strickland Banks. The thing I like about it is that, whilst clearly an album made by a younger person, it has a retro feel as well as a a bit of edge. It's British also with a soulful production style. The Hip Hop element is also there, as is the pop, and on 'Stay too long' they collide with rock impressively.
It proves that perhaps modern music is still capable of producing the goods with a nod to the past and a real appreciation of music.
Influences are clear on this album but maybe an influence that has some depth still has an appeal to the young; Which cannot be a bad thing. On the deluxe version you get to hear some live and acoustic versions of songs which show that there seems to be more to Plan B than meets the eye. Listen without prejudice.
'Muhammad Ali's third fight against his archrival Joe Frazier was a spectacular ending to the long lasting struggle of the two Heavyweights who faced each other for a total of 132 minutes in the ring. The "Thrilla in Manila" is considered one of the most brutal and bitter bouts in the history of boxing; it was the only time an Ali - Frazier bout did not last for the scheduled time.'