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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.


Magazine were not necessarily an easy band to find a way into with Howard Devoto’s vocals being something you could either get along with or not. But they clicked for me early on, and spurred on by their excellent “hit” … Continue reading

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On Safari

Another ten inch album which I found not long ago, this one presented in a sleeve which does raise questions of taste and cultural misappropriation today. Even more so perhaps on the back with a small throw away drawing showing … Continue reading

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Music Captain, please…

It’s a good while since I went anywhere by plane, I much prefer the fun of the TGV, but even when I have flown I don’t recall being given anything as fab as this souvenir record. It was pressed to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Farewell Susan Shaw

Sadly glamour model Susan Shaw died earlier this year. What’s that to do with album covers you ask? Well, aside from musicians themselves, it seems to me that she was probably the most prolific British album cover star ever, appearing … Continue reading

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Workers Music Association

This clearly isn’t a great sleeve but it was the political spirit behind the EP which made me pick it out of a pile of charity shop 7″ tat to investigate further (and it sort of follows on from the … Continue reading

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Another interesting monochrome cover, this features a powerful documentary photograph of a street protest meeting in France probably in the 1960s credited to René Barthélémy (it partly wraps round onto the back cover). The use of strong red lettering for … Continue reading



This is a strange cover but I like the ambition of whoever put it together on what would have been a very tight budget. It’s a little hard to be sure if the trio are in the boat for the … Continue reading

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I remember my first visits to record shops in France in the 1980s. The shops themselves were even more hidden away than those in Britain but there was great satisfaction when you finally found one while the abundance of sleeve … Continue reading

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Broadway bouquet

One of a string of big selling easy listening albums from Percy Faith and his orchestra, this album focused on a dozen well known songs from musicals on stage and screen. Issued in 1965 by CBS across North America, Europe … Continue reading

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