I did get to see Hole early doors when they rocked up at a tiny club in Manchester, having picked up their first single which had a bit of bite about it. Arguably the band never really got to grips with their artwork with any number of changes of direction and several attempts at coming up with a logo. Though I don’t have it, their 1991 debut album cover (below, by US graphic artist Pizz) is quite good with a sort of Sixties vibe going on thanks to the infra red type of group photo, and this was the single. It probably wasn’t done by the same designer; where the title and band name on the LP were carefully drawn and looked professional, here one suspects that Courtney herself might have been let loose with a pen and paper. But it still sort of works, though the scribbled heart outline might have been better if contrasted with some regular type for the song titles. I’ve no idea where the strange b/w photo came from. The only credit on the back is for the band photo.
Vince Chong let me scan this after we’d been to Tallbird Records in Chesterfield, before sneaking back off to Canada with it a couple of years ago!

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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