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David Bowie – Be My Wife – Speed of Life


Be My Wife was released by David Bowie in June 1977 and was taken from his Low album. It’s B side was the albums instrumental introduction piece, ‘Speed of Life’. Rendered in felt pen and included in this Hand Drawn Album Covers (as a single) this was another illustration commissioned for Wedding decorations.

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine


  1978 saw the release of the Tom Waits album Blue Valentine. Wrapped in a sleeve containing scenes at a late night filling station, the cover depicts a downcast Tom, whilst elsewhere he’s cavorting with Rickie Lee Jones. One image also sees Chuck E Weiss of Jones’ own tune ‘Chuck E’s in Love‘. The album…

Tom Waits – Mule Variations


Mr Tom Waits steps right up with his 1999 album Mule Variations. It was his twelfth studio album and his first on the Anti label and was widely regarded as a classic on release, taking the organised chaos of Bone Machine mixed with his unique takes on backwood blues, hints of beatnik-ness and masterful songwriting.…

The Smiths – Meat Is Murder


The second studio album from The Smiths, Meat Is Murder was the bands only number one album while they were together. Morrissey and Marr released a more political album than before and their jangly sound had taken on a more adventurous tone. Subsequent reissues and re-releases have had How Soon Is Now tacked onto the…

The Velvet Underground and Nico


Known as The Velvet Underground and Nico (often refered to as Andy Warhol or Banana) this debut album is widely recognised as the starting point for many alternative music styles, and it’s influence can be seen in acts as diverse as My Bloody Valentine,Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain to others like The Pastels,…

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions


It was only 1973, but Stevie Wonder was already on his sixteenth album, Innervisions which followed the hit record Talking Book, released earlier in the same year! Hailed as a classic amongst his golden period this collection of nine songs fused his social commentary with funk and those strange sounds coaxed from the ARP synthesiser and included…