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Pop Will Eat Itself, Age Of Chance

Author: Colin | Published: 29/4/12

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Designers Republic

Artist 1-7: Pop Will Eat Itself; 8-11: Age Of Chance
Title 1-4:: This Is The Day… This Is The Hour… This Is This!; 5-7: Ich Bin Ein Auslander; 8-11: Kiss
Label 1-7: RCA; 8-11: FON
Year 1-4: 1989; 5-7: 1994; 8-11: 1986
Design The Designers Republic
Music Vocal
Notes These Designers Republic sleeves still sing with a brash, passionate engagement that’s downright infectious a quarter of a century after they were produced (give or take a few years at time of writing). That’s due to the brilliance of their design and also perhaps because we’re continuing to experience the sort of heightened geopolitical paranoia that is referenced in the Pop Will Eat Itself sleeves. I don’t think PWEI were necessarily exemplary, but they actively engaged with political issues including the Cold War and racism.

I wonder who’s capable now of creating graphics to highlight and protest the endemic levels of propaganda, surveillance and racism we’re now subjected to? There are significant traces of the political in Optigram/Manuel Sepulveda’s work and there’s a strong sense of isolation/disconnection captured in DJ Food’s graphics for The Search Engine, but my vote would go to Jonathan Barnbrook who’s very much politically engaged, as illustrated by his work for the Occupy movement and much else, and whose work betrays a strand or two of tDR’s DNA. That then begs the question as to whether there are any musicians out there able or willing to articulate and protest our current conditions – Mark Stewart, Laurie Anderson, Public Enemy, but who else younger, nearer to the mainstream, to Pop? Suggestions welcome.

Also Age Of Chance – One Thousand Years Of Trouble
Pop Will Eat Itself – X Y & Zee
Autechre – Quaristice
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Comments

  1. It’s the turn of – for want of a better word – ‘street artists’ like Shepard Fairey who have dipped into sleeve design I think, although his more political work is in his gallery and poster work. Same with Banksy’s sleeve work.

    Lyrically I’d say maybe Scroobius Pip might qualify?

    Comment by kevin foakes — April 29, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

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