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Inspiration Information #1

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Queen’s 1977 album News of the World was inspired by this cover from the October 1953 edition of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (later called Analog) to illustrate the story The Gulf Between by Tom Godwin:

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The robot killing the man was likened to a child injuring a bug and looking up at his parents saying “what have I done?” The caption for the image was “Please… fix it, Daddy?”  The artist of the original piece, Frank Kelly Freas, painted the album cover based on his original work.  It features Freddie Mercury and Brian May dead in the robot’s giant hand, while Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon plummet to the ground. It’s definitely one of Queen’s most identifiable album covers, which also contained the hits “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”

Freas painted another version of it for inner cover. The inner cover version depicted the robot breaking through an auditorium rooftop and reaching for the people in the panicked crowd. This painting was also used in the artwork to promote Queen’s tour.

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Artist Frank Kelly Freas was involved in the science fiction field from 1950, until his death in 2005. He painted everything from pieces for NASA, to book covers, to magazine covers, to buxom beauties as nose art on fighter planes to Mad Magazine, and even the covers for the GURPS books for Lensman and Planet Krishna. He won numerous awards, and was often hailed of “The Dean of Science Fiction Artists.” You can check out his awards, browse his art, and even buy pieces of his work at his website, which is chock full of information including a brief documentary by his wife Laura.  Check out his book “The Art of Science Fiction”.

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Joe Cocker’s Blues Band

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Here’s something really cool from LP cover lover, Anthony Hulme:  Hi Matthew,  This is reportedly the earliest recording by the late Joe Cocker.  Joe came from Sheffield, England and Sheffield University produced this EP of local bands in 1967 during University Rag Week in order to raise funds for local charities.  The tracks on the EP were recorded at ‘The Mojo’ a Sheffield nightclub founded by Pete Stringfellow.  (He of ‘Stringfellows’, London fame). The rest is history.

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Signed, sealed, delivered!

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The Letter  The Box Tops  EMI/Stateside Records (Australia)  (1967)  Nice cover art for this huge #1 song sung by 16 year-old Alex Chilton.  Love that opening drumbeat and classic first line “Give me a ticket for an Aero-plane”!  It’s been covered many times.  I’m most fond of Al Green’s early recording.

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RIP Lou

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“And the colored girls go doo-do-doo”

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Lou Reed  “Walk on the Wild Side” b/w “Perfect Day  RCA Victor (Spain)

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Joe Blossom Back to Blake

Joe Blossom back to Blake

Read about this cool new track from Joe Blossom and Listen here!     We dig the cool album cover art by Lance Ravenswood too!

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Sketchy

“That’s the Way (I Like It)”    Top of the Pops  Volume 2    Looks like one of those old school notebook covers.

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Mod men

The Who “Happy Jack” / “Whiskey Man” Single – Decca Records, US (1966).  Illustration by gonzo artist Ralph Steadman

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Chairwoman Jackson

“Rockin’ with Wanda!”   Wanda Jackson   Capitol Records

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Little Miss Dynamite

1958 EP from Brenda Lee  with “Rock the Bop”; “Ring-a-My-Phone; “Dynamite”; and “Love You Till I Die”  Brunswick (France)

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