Saturday, July 01, 2006

Life's A Scream

Congratulations to John Cooper on the second issue of his terrific fanzine Scream City. 'Sfunny to think that in the days of digitisation, with most aspects of the media disappearing slowly into a stream of zeroes and ones, something made of paper, ink and staples could be so inspiring. But as Paul Morley, Mark P, Liz Naylor, Jon Savage, and James Brown (the other one) found in the past, the act of Xeroxing and stapling multiple sheets and punting your own money for the love of your favourite bands has a special appeal that outweighs the limited pleasure of, say, maintaining a blog. It's more real. Or so I'm told.

Anyhow, for those of you that may have arrived here as a result of my little piece on art in the music biz in said 'zine, I've included a few more explanatory pics. Space precluded the inclusion of all the images I sent along to accompany the article, so one or two of the jokes may have fallen a little flat (esp. the one about Joan Armatrading--see below).

Here's Edward Wadsworth's "Dazzle Ships in Dry Dock", along with the OMD cover.

Here's Blast by Holly Johnson, alongside a Vorticist piece by Wyndham Lewis

Dada time: here's a pic of Marcel's Chocolate Grinder:

See Ben Kelly's version here.
Also Duchamp's "Fresh Widow" with Ben's homage from Factory's headquarters.

Below is a side-by-side of M. Duchamp's "Genre Allegory: George Washington " with the G Gartside version.

Mittageisen (or Metal Postcard) single cover below, photo-montage by John Heartfield.

Constructivist time again: here's an Alexander Rodchenko boiler suit, with Devo below.

Finally, some De Stijl pics. Here's the Schroder House in Utrecht:

and here's Gerrit Rietveld's Zig-Zag chair, with Joan Armatrading.

Buy Scream City fanzine here.


jon manyjars said...

Great post! I'd love to see your article. Did you include Siouxsie and the Banshees' "A Kiss in the Dreamhouse" album cover (as an homage to Gustav Klimt)?

irkthepurists said...

Thank you for your kind words. The article is in the new issue of Scream City, available on EBay and at good record stores in Manchester, London and NYC.

I didn't include the Kiss In The Dreamhouse cover, as, to be honest, I hadn't actually made the connection with Klimt! So thanks for bringing it to my attention. I promise I'll follow up with "Art Nouveau in the Record Industry". A short article, I would've thought.

Actually, there was another (very good) surrealist homage that I remembered after the mag had gone to press. It's "Close But No Cigar" by Thomas Dolby (see

jon manyjars said...

I was in a 20th Century Art class as an undergrad, and when the professor put the first Klimt slide on the projector, the goth kid in the class and I looked at each other and whispered, "Siouxsie and the Banshees!" I never knew where OMD got the title for Dazzle Ships until I saw your post here.