Dig!: "The Smiths Artworks: All 27 Album And Single Covers, Ranked And Reviewed" (April 2, 2021)

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I expect no-one in the band had anything directly to do with this, but The Smiths record label Warners have released a new promo article via their Dig website.

https://www.thisisdig.com/feature/the-smiths-artworks-all-album-and-single-covers/

 
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joe frady

Vile Refusenik
í just came across this thesis the other day.

"Black, White and Blue: The Racial Antagonism of the Smiths' Record Sleeves" by Andrew Warnes.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40212448?seq=1

í think í will need a couple more swigs of the Lucozade {now that the Red Bulls are nixed} before í attempt to finish it. But this teaser should give you a flavour of the utter...joy within ~

"By juxtaposing the dazzling whiteness of these record sleeves with Morrissey's stark dismissal of all 'modern black music', I hope to show that their function is not just to fuel speculation about the latter's sexual predilections (or lack of them) but to do so in order to distract attention away from the racial exclusions involved in his deft mythologisation of a postindustrial, post-socialist, white proletarian identity. At the root of this article thus stands a simple contention: that The Smiths' strategic use of gay iconography not only shrouds Morrissey's sexual preferences in mystery, but does so to form a smoke- screen, or 'beard', that discourages us from noticing that certain Black Atlantic influences - influences key to the band's aesthetic - have here been banished from our sight."

So, Moz is bigging up his queerness to hide the fact that he's actually Hitler.

If only old Adolf had the right pantone and a subscription to Films & Filming, he might have been more successful...

:squiffy:

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Earnest

Guest
At this point, I find it very likely that the rumours circulating L.A. are true. The family are making a feign attempt at legacy. He hasn’t been seen or heard from in months. He went the way of Prince but without the oeuvre. ...and Catholic twat, rather than J-Ho.

The man is dead. ...and - as expected - there will be no parade.
 

joe frady

Vile Refusenik
ps ~ "Meat is Murder" is the Best LP Sleeve...?

:ha-no:

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The.Truth.

about Ruth
í just came across this thesis the other day.

"Black, White and Blue: The Racial Antagonism of the Smiths' Record Sleeves" by Andrew Warnes.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40212448?seq=1

í think í will need a couple more swigs of the Lucozade {now that the Red Bulls are nixed} before í attempt to finish it. But this teaser should give you a flavour of the utter...joy within ~

"By juxtaposing the dazzling whiteness of these record sleeves with Morrissey's stark dismissal of all 'modern black music', I hope to show that their function is not just to fuel speculation about the latter's sexual predilections (or lack of them) but to do so in order to distract attention away from the racial exclusions involved in his deft mythologisation of a postindustrial, post-socialist, white proletarian identity. At the root of this article thus stands a simple contention: that The Smiths' strategic use of gay iconography not only shrouds Morrissey's sexual preferences in mystery, but does so to form a smoke- screen, or 'beard', that discourages us from noticing that certain Black Atlantic influences - influences key to the band's aesthetic - have here been banished from our sight."

So, Moz is bigging up his queerness to hide the fact that he's actually Hitler.

If only old Adolf had the right pantone and a subscription to Films & Filming, he might have been more successful...

:squiffy:

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This is brilliant. I don't know if they're trolling or not but it's very clever.
 

GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn

Well-Known Member
í just came across this thesis the other day.

"Black, White and Blue: The Racial Antagonism of the Smiths' Record Sleeves" by Andrew Warnes.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40212448?seq=1

í think í will need a couple more swigs of the Lucozade {now that the Red Bulls are nixed} before í attempt to finish it. But this teaser should give you a flavour of the utter...joy within ~

"By juxtaposing the dazzling whiteness of these record sleeves with Morrissey's stark dismissal of all 'modern black music', I hope to show that their function is not just to fuel speculation about the latter's sexual predilections (or lack of them) but to do so in order to distract attention away from the racial exclusions involved in his deft mythologisation of a postindustrial, post-socialist, white proletarian identity. At the root of this article thus stands a simple contention: that The Smiths' strategic use of gay iconography not only shrouds Morrissey's sexual preferences in mystery, but does so to form a smoke- screen, or 'beard', that discourages us from noticing that certain Black Atlantic influences - influences key to the band's aesthetic - have here been banished from our sight."

So, Moz is bigging up his queerness to hide the fact that he's actually Hitler.

If only old Adolf had the right pantone and a subscription to Films & Filming, he might have been more successful...

:squiffy:

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Ha! I think I actually read this for a term paper once. Then, for some reason, decided not to cite it...


Oh and predictably, I completely disagree with the rating of the sleeves as well. The whole idea of ranking them seems quite useless to begin with.
 

Nerak

Reverse Ferret
í just came across this thesis the other day.

"Black, White and Blue: The Racial Antagonism of the Smiths' Record Sleeves" by Andrew Warnes.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40212448?seq=1

í think í will need a couple more swigs of the Lucozade {now that the Red Bulls are nixed} before í attempt to finish it. But this teaser should give you a flavour of the utter...joy within ~

"By juxtaposing the dazzling whiteness of these record sleeves with Morrissey's stark dismissal of all 'modern black music', I hope to show that their function is not just to fuel speculation about the latter's sexual predilections (or lack of them) but to do so in order to distract attention away from the racial exclusions involved in his deft mythologisation of a postindustrial, post-socialist, white proletarian identity. At the root of this article thus stands a simple contention: that The Smiths' strategic use of gay iconography not only shrouds Morrissey's sexual preferences in mystery, but does so to form a smoke- screen, or 'beard', that discourages us from noticing that certain Black Atlantic influences - influences key to the band's aesthetic - have here been banished from our sight."

So, Moz is bigging up his queerness to hide the fact that he's actually Hitler.

If only old Adolf had the right pantone and a subscription to Films & Filming, he might have been more successful...

:squiffy:

.

Yeah, I was stunned when I read that one.

Also why can none of them read that Frank Owen article? It was a bunch of Oxford educated music hacks that were pushing the theory that modern black music was mindless dance music & Morrissey was defending his own Indie work against that assertion. He preferred black music that was allowed to say something meaningful.

And I've seen black musicians & singers complain about record companies (esp in the 80s) not letting them release the music they wanted to.
 

Bluebirds

Well-Known Member
í just came across this thesis the other day.

"Black, White and Blue: The Racial Antagonism of the Smiths' Record Sleeves" by Andrew Warnes.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40212448?seq=1

í think í will need a couple more swigs of the Lucozade {now that the Red Bulls are nixed} before í attempt to finish it. But this teaser should give you a flavour of the utter...joy within ~

"By juxtaposing the dazzling whiteness of these record sleeves with Morrissey's stark dismissal of all 'modern black music', I hope to show that their function is not just to fuel speculation about the latter's sexual predilections (or lack of them) but to do so in order to distract attention away from the racial exclusions involved in his deft mythologisation of a postindustrial, post-socialist, white proletarian identity. At the root of this article thus stands a simple contention: that The Smiths' strategic use of gay iconography not only shrouds Morrissey's sexual preferences in mystery, but does so to form a smoke- screen, or 'beard', that discourages us from noticing that certain Black Atlantic influences - influences key to the band's aesthetic - have here been banished from our sight."

So, Moz is bigging up his queerness to hide the fact that he's actually Hitler.

If only old Adolf had the right pantone and a subscription to Films & Filming, he might have been more successful...

:squiffy:

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Lockdown has definitely hit some folks harder than others
 

joe frady

Vile Refusenik
Ha! I think I actually read this for a term paper once. Then, for some reason, decided not to cite it...


Oh and predictably, I completely disagree with the rating of the sleeves as well. The whole idea of ranking them seems quite useless to begin with.

Hey, í'd love to read your term paper. {And that's not a line}

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GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn

Well-Known Member
Hey, í'd love to read your term paper. {And that's not a line}

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Hm, I don't know about that. I can't remember if it was any good, you know? It might be embarrassing...
And it was very technical (=boring) because it was for a sociolinguistics course.
I'll take a look at it and see if it's acceptable.

But only if ... you're really interested...
I hate looking over my own writing. When it's done, it's done and shall never be touched again.
 

joe frady

Vile Refusenik
Hm, I don't know about that. I can't remember if it was any good, you know? It might be embarrassing...
And it was very technical (=boring) because it was for a sociolinguistics course.
I'll take a look at it and see if it's acceptable.

But only if ... you're really interested...
I hate looking over my own writing. When it's done, it's done and shall never be touched again.

í feel the same about my cooking.

No worries, í wouldn't want to rake up any mistakes, or trauma, for you.
í found some old stuff this week that í'd written in a '94 notebook, whilst í was supposed to be studying {literally writing so that it looked like í was 'working'} and it was screamingly awful guff. í almost vomited from laughter.
But if yours passes the Vomit Test, í would like to read it. {But no, í won't show you mine...}

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Ketamine Sun

HANG THEM HIGH VERONICA
ps ~ "Meat is Murder" is the Best LP Sleeve...?

:ha-no:

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Yeah, think they got that albums list a bit backward. I mean, ‘World Won’t’ at number 2?

I think it would need to be explained by the individual why they think this or that cover is the best to them.

I think some sleeves really capture the mood of the particular album, though maybe that association could also come by staring at the sleeve why listening to the albums obsessively. I really think ‘The Queen Is’ cover and the first album cover really reflect the mood of those albums the most, for me.


There are so many great single sleeves, but of course we all know that the best single sleeve is the ‘What Difference’ Morrissey as Stamp, (even if he disagrees).

:cool:
 

GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn

Well-Known Member
í feel the same about my cooking.

"I'm a great cook, I just don't cook for other people."

(No, really, I am.)

No worries, í wouldn't want to rake up any mistakes, or trauma, for you.
í found some old stuff this week that í'd written in a '94 notebook, whilst í was supposed to be studying {literally writing so that it looked like í was 'working'} and it was screamingly awful guff. í almost vomited from laughter.
But if yours passes the Vomit Test, í would like to read it. {But no, í won't show you mine...}

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That's only fair. Mine, at least, was written with the thought that someone would read it.
 

GirlAfraidWillNeverLearn

Well-Known Member
Yeah, think they got that albums list a bit backward. I mean, ‘World Won’t’ at number 2?

I think it would need to be explained by the individual why they think this or that cover is the best to them.

I think some sleeves really capture the mood of the particular album, though maybe that association could also come by staring at the sleeve why listening to the albums obsessively. I really think ‘The Queen Is’ cover and the first album cover really reflect the mood of those albums the most, for me.


There are so many great single sleeves, but of course we all know that the best single sleeve is the ‘What Difference’ Morrissey as Stamp, (even if he disagrees).

:cool:

I agree about the mood being captured in those album sleeves. The debut is my favourite but I also love Rank a lot. The Harvey Keitel picture Morrissey originally intended to use would have been perfect for Strangeways as well.

As for the singles, for me, Sheila is the undisputed number one, closely followed by Hand In Glove. But they're all great, so no need to rank them at all.
 
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gordyboy9

rip roaring,free scoring,never boring, celtic.
wonder why M picked probaly the worst picture of alexandra bastedo he could find,im currently watching every episode of the champions and her beauty was incredible.her name sounds italian but she was born in hove in england.
 

Hovis Lesley

Well-Known Member
wonder why M picked probaly the worst picture of alexandra bastedo he could find,im currently watching every episode of the champions and her beauty was incredible.her name sounds italian but she was born in hove in england.
That’s my personal favourite of the LP sleeves. And the only one I wear as a T-shirt. It’s perfect.
 

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