all smiles

all smiles

Here’s a thing. Outside the block I live in are four disused, crumbling garages. On Saturday I joined forces with some people from another flat and decided to take a look inside a few of them. Some of the doors opened fine. Others needed us to – ahem – knock the padlocks off. I found an old London Evening Standard in one, dated September 15th, 1971. Here’s a story from its ‘Overseas News’ page that I thought I’d share – about the now-ubiquitous ‘smiley face’ image:maglia borussia...
orange amps

orange amps

More record sleeves….maglia real madridMy ears are still whining from the Boris gig in London last night. Lots of feedback and fuzz guitar, lots of thrashing about, ridiculously over-the-top drumming. It was great fun but – oy – my ears. Bizarrely, the t-shirts at the merchandise stall were plum awful. I say ‘bizarrely’, because their record sleeves have a strong sense of design and high-production values: take the cover to their last album, Pink, for example. Or Akuma No Uta which rips off Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter. Anyway – for this post, here’s the inner sleeve to their single Statement, with Wata from the band in front of a load of (every metaller’s favourite) ‘Orange’ amps. The photo’s by Miki...