Anarchy In The UKulele

Punk Classics Ukulele Orchestra sleeve.jpg

This is not a record I would have normally given much time to were it not for the excellent and eye catching packaging. I spotted it at a friends house recently and we ended up listening to most of it!  Full marks to designer Philip Powell, who has paid proper homage to the work of Jamie Reid, the Sex Pistols visual artist, in adapting George Formby to the punk idiom. The music is a great fun although the recordings are quite old, and have only been issued recently (to be sold at concerts). It also shows what decent graphics can add to a package, and nice to see them actually going with the special inks for a self published CD rather than skimp. I can see the market for a vinyl edition might not be viable but it would look great full size!

Ukulele Orchestra Pretty Girls CD label.jpg

The orchestra  have issued a lot of self pressed CDs including an early punk themed one (below) which is not credited. My friend Alan saw the Ukulele Orchestra live recently and says they are much more dynamic on stage so we shall make an effort next tour. / thanks to Alan Coventry

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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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