The good folk over at The Vinyl Factory threw a marvelous tribute for the late Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor, H.R. Giger. Highlighting his extraordinary work over a varied career through his album cover art.
“Yet in his extensive work as a cover artist for psych, prog and metal bands with whom his thrilling aesthetic fitted like a spikey metal face mask, there can be few artists whose sleeve designs have so polarised reaction from the establishment. On the one hand, his best known works – the humanoid Debby Harry adorning her 1981 breakaway album KooKoo and Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery – both appear in Rolling Stones magazine’s top 100 album covers list, while on the other, perhaps his most infamous – the heavily censored poster insert to The Dead Kennedys’ Frankenchrist – landed Jello Biafra in court and all but bankrupted his Alternative Tentacles imprint in the process.”
If you’re a fan of Giger, or album art, this pictorial is a visually absorbing must-read.