I’ve just been listening to Further Down The Spiral, the amazing Nine Inch Nails remix album. When I bought it back in ‘95, I hadn’t actually heard any NIN before. My purchase was based on two things: it was cheap (six quid from Our Price) and the artwork caught my eye.
This might be a bit synaesthesia-ish, but that David Carson sleeve perfectly reflects its contents. Brutal, repetitive, beautiful. And now I’m trying to think of any other albums with artwork that completely captures the spirit of the music. OK Computer is an obvious one. Maybe Parklife too. Any other suggestions?
(This reminds me: Carson’s NIN work - some of his best stuff in my opinion - has been influential/stolen in all the wrong places…)