Blue Angel

It’s not the greatest of record sleeves, but this album by Blue Angel does have a certain post-Punk charm to it. It also has Cyndi Lauper on lead vocals, which is the reason I picked it up cheap just after she found fame and fortune as a solo artist and copies of this US import were still in the dump bins. Needless to say the LP has been reissued a number of times since with her name appended to the front.

The band were kind of rockabilly / power pop (meets Blondie) hence the Stray Cats style portraits on the front which have been roughly cut out and hand tinted. Issued in 1980, it does very much look of the time, with a bright red background and hand drawn title. I do like the band pictures on the back as well, which look (deliberately I’m sure) like old-fashioned bubble gum cards thanks to the caption boxes. The album design was by Stephanie Zuras who worked on quite a lot of sleeves that year and beyond for Polydor, through the agency AGI – Album Graphics Inc.

Ironic really, as not long after there was an actual set of Cyndi Lauper gum cards to collect in 1985 (“3 glossy cards; 3 stickers, 1 stick bubble gum” in every pack!). My pop culture side couldn’t resist picking a set of those up! It must have been one of the last sets to feature an actual stick of gum inside too, before the dreaded ‘collectors card’ sets took over.

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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1 Response to Blue Angel

  1. Nice little slice of history, there.

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