I absolutely played the debut album from Talking Heads to death back in 1977, having taken a risk on the single after rave reviews in the NME. The LP sleeve is good too (it can be seen on the site) but the band had wanted to use proper silk screen quality inks to give the jarring optical clash between the day glo green and orange / red (inspired by supermarket packaging I seem to remember).  It seems a shame none of the recent vinyl reissues have not gone that extra mile.  However you get a better idea of how it might have looked from this original Sire Records promotional in-store poster issued in the UK, which is done in the industrial inks.  I blagged it from Virgin Records back at the time.


About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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2 Responses to 77

  1. Great album! I saw Talking Heads play live back then. In fact it was the night after they appeared on the OGWT for the first time. Dire Straights were the support band! 🙂

  2. simon robinson says:

    That was the tour I first saw them on. We gave Dire Straits about three songs then gave up and went to the foyer to wait for the main band! The show was at the Sheffield University refectory; back then you were not allowed in unless you were a student there so we had to be signed in as guests…

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