(Jean-Auguste Ringard’s cover for the 1979 album Trip in the Center of Head by Space Art)
Due to a continuous and growing state of panic as election day (November 8th) approaches in the US, I have postponed completing my review of M. John Harrison’s The Pastel City (1971) (the first volume of the Viriconium sequence) in order to do something fun and lighthearted. Harrison’s entropic visions of decay and despair are not sitting well as the xenophobic orange monster looms spewing sexism and unbridled hate…. My The Pastel City review will appear after the election.
Instead, I want all my wonderful readers to pick their favorite SF-esque album cover from any era and think about love for your fellow humans. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!
Over the past few days on twitter (@SFRuminations) I have tweeted a range of album covers. By far my favorite is the uncredited cover for the 1979 album Trip in the Center of Head by the French electronic duo Space Art (the music itself does not inspire….). I am unsure why I am so transfixed by the cover, the worn metal, the faded interior painting of some other world. The other three overtly SF covers below are fun but definitely not my style.
I have a penchant for diagrams and deconstructed bodies—hence I couldn’t help but include the two non-SF album covers for the german experimental band Din A Testbild.
Enjoy! Let me know what SF-esque album covers make you warm and happy inside!
For more adventures in SF art consult the INDEX
(Jean-Auguste Ringard’s cover for the 1977 album Onyx by Space Art)
(Dwain Zerio’s cover for the 1977 album Visitor by Automatic Man)
(Claus Cordes’ cover for the 1982 album Triptychon by Din A Testbild)
(Claus Cordes’ cover for the 1980 album Programm 1 by Din A Testbild)
(Edgar and Monique Froese’s cover for the 1971 album Alpha Centauri by Tangerine Dream)
(Bob Eastman’s cover for the 1977 album First Attack! They’ll Never Take Us Alive by Hot Flash)