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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2020 :  05:11:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For the truly bored, please join me on a fast pasted journey to determine the best album covers that our man's discography has to offer.

Here is the list from when we did album survivor, are there any missing that we should add:

Come on Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa
Doolittle
Bossanova
Trompe Le Monde
B-Sides
Frank Black Self-Titled
TOTY
Cult of Ray
Oddballs
Frank Black and the Catholics Self-Titled
Pistolero
Dog in the Sand
Black Letter Days
Devil's Workshop
Show Me Your Tears
Sunday Sunny...
Snake Oil
One More Road for the Hit
FMRM
Christmass
Bluefinger
SVN Fingers
Petit Fours
Let The People Speak
Golem
NSE
Paley & Francis
Abbabubba
Indie Cindy
Head Carrier
Beneath the Eyrie

Do we want to add EPs, compilations, box sets, all those covers, etc?

I have no idea what kind of participation we will get on this. I will wait a few days to see if anyone wants more album art work added to the list, then we will start the voting, which will probably be vote two off at a time for the first several rounds.

Hopefully this will give a few of us something to do.

Let the games almost begin!

Brank_Flack
= Cult of Ray =

Canada
693 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2020 :  12:46:59  Show Profile  Click to see Brank_Flack's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Some of both the best and worst album covers in alternative or indie music, should be interesting!

Frank Black and the Catholics
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Troubles A Foot
= Cult of Ray =

USA
281 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2020 :  15:05:54  Show Profile  Visit Troubles A Foot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Frank Black and the Catholics
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two reelers
= Cult of Ray =

Austria
989 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2020 :  19:31:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dog in the Sand (hate covers with band shots)

BTW you forgot a potential favorite, Honeycomb.

I joined the cult of Souled American / 'cause they are a damn' fine band
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2020 :  05:26:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh man, thanks two reelers! That's what I get for copying and pasting my mistakes.

Here is updated list, and unless anyone has any more to add we can end round 1 tomorrow with the few of us who have already joined in.

And what is it about that FB&C's album cover? I don't like it either, but I've always wondered if there's something I'm missing, that maybe it's secretly brilliant and I just don't get it. Alas, it gets my vote as well.

Last day to vote in round 1 is tomorrow. We will try to move quickly through this, getting rid of a few albums a week until the final ten.

So far:

FB&C's - 3
DITS - 1

Come on Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa
Doolittle
Bossanova
Trompe Le Monde
B-Sides
Frank Black Self-Titled
TOTY
Cult of Ray
Oddballs
Frank Black and the Catholics Self-Titled
Pistolero
Dog in the Sand
Black Letter Days
Devil's Workshop
Show Me Your Tears
Sunday Sunny...
Snake Oil
One More Road for the Hit
Honeycomb
FMRM
Christmass
Bluefinger
SVN Fingers
Petit Fours
Let The People Speak
Golem
NSE
Paley & Francis
Abbabubba
Indie Cindy
Head Carrier
Beneath the Eyrie
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two reelers
= Cult of Ray =

Austria
989 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2020 :  12:09:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
DITS

I joined the cult of Souled American / 'cause they are a damn' fine band
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Jamie
- FB Fan -

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2020 :  22:07:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does SSMVGD have an official cover? Also I made this, if it might be helpful:



I left a spot for SSMVGD if something should go there.

Anyway, my vote would be Cult of Ray.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2020 :  06:04:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is SUPER helpful Jamie thank you!

I feel like there was a cover to Sunday Sunny. Can one of the completists please confirm?

Alright, so round one is over and this is how it looked:

FB&C's - 3
DITS - 1
CoR - 1

So a spectacularly sounding album is one of the first to go as we say goodbye to the cover art of Frank Black and the Catholics.

Please make your round two votes now. Round two will close on Monday, EST, so you've got a few days to pray a little faster.

Gone:

Frank Black and the Catholics

Still surviving:

Come on Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa
Doolittle
Bossanova
Trompe Le Monde
B-Sides
Frank Black Self-Titled
TOTY
Cult of Ray
Oddballs
Pistolero
Dog in the Sand
Black Letter Days
Devil's Workshop
Show Me Your Tears
Sunday Sunny...
Snake Oil
One More Road for the Hit
Honeycomb
FMRM
Christmass
Bluefinger
SVN Fingers
Petit Fours
Let The People Speak
Golem
NSE
Paley & Francis
Abbabubba
Indie Cindy
Head Carrier
Beneath the Eyrie

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Brank_Flack
= Cult of Ray =

Canada
693 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2020 :  09:57:49  Show Profile  Click to see Brank_Flack's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Pistolero, like FB&TC too much 'Word Art' tier graphics.
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two reelers
= Cult of Ray =

Austria
989 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2020 :  09:58:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great work, Jamie!!

Can we shorten it and declare Frank Black (1993) the winner? I mean this covers says it all.

I joined the cult of Souled American / 'cause they are a damn' fine band
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Discoking
= Cult of Ray =

Belgium
917 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  04:14:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my vote goes to the golem. the picture seems to be a bit shaky. i'd expect better from a professional photographer.


it's educational
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jake3
- FB Fan -

United Kingdom
204 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  13:04:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
FB&TC and Abbabubba are shockers but The Cult of Ray is infamous. Got to vote for that.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  15:51:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sure The Cult of Ray will get voted out very soon, and it certainly was the first really bad album cover (quickly followed by FB&TC's interestingly, maybe he was going for a new direction) but CoR the album has really grown on me over the last 25 years so I can't vote for it just yet.

I'm going with Indie Cindy. I always thought that cover was horrible on its own, but being the Pixies "comeback" album made it even worse.

So here's the tally, and we've got about 36 more hours until round 2 is over:

Pistolero - 1
Golem - 1
Cult of Ray - 1
Indie Cindy - 1

P.S. everybody feel free to make your case as strongly as you like, you may convince others.

P.P.S. - Discoking your comment made me smile re: Golem. The picture seems shaky indeed :-)
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Jamie
- FB Fan -

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  17:12:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll vote for Cult of Ray again. True story, I once decided not to buy that CD due in part to the cover.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  17:48:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jamie

I'll vote for Cult of Ray again. True story, I once decided not to buy that CD due in part to the cover.



No kidding? Wow.

Has anyone ever asked Frank about this cover? It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on it.

Latest poll:

Pistolero - 1
Golem - 1
Cult of Ray - 2
Indie Cindy - 1
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
3095 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2020 :  19:05:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Remind me of the rules for this contest.


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If all you see is violins, then I make a plea in their defense.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  00:24:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline

Remind me of the rules for this contest.


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If all you see is violins, then I make a plea in their defense.



Each round we vote off an album, based on the album artwork. We vote from our least favorite to our favorite. The album that survives wins.
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Discoking
= Cult of Ray =

Belgium
917 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  02:28:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bedbug

P.P.S. - Discoking your comment made me smile re: Golem. The picture seems shaky indeed :-)


well, it was a joke. so i'm glad it made you smile.


it's educational
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

999 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  05:45:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was gonna go Golem but I watched Kaddish the other day so I will give it a stay of execution and go for Cult of Ray.
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two reelers
= Cult of Ray =

Austria
989 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  11:08:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Y O U C A N N O T V O T E O U T C O R

This blue tone is so beautiful, seriously.

I did not vote in this round yet, so it is Pistolero.

I joined the cult of Souled American / 'cause they are a damn' fine band
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Brank_Flack
= Cult of Ray =

Canada
693 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  13:35:28  Show Profile  Click to see Brank_Flack's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
While CoR is ugly, it's ugly in what seems to be an intentionally garish proto-Tim and Eric aesthetic. Therefore I'm in. Frank Black and the Catholics and Pistolero, on the other-hand, just look cheap.
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Jamie
- FB Fan -

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2020 :  17:03:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bedbug
No kidding? Wow.



Yeah. It was probably 98 or 99, I was into Nirvana and knew the Pixies by reputation, but hadn't heard them and didn't want to get into another defunct band. But I read the main guy from the Pixies was still making music, so I checked at the record store. All they had was a copy of Cult of Ray, and after seeing the cover I was like, never mind. In all honestly I doubt I would have bought it either way, but the cover definitely turned me off.

Edited by - Jamie on 12/06/2020 17:03:28
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Stevio10
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
892 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  01:42:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Come on Pilgrim - shave your back or something, you (know you want to) can clearly shave your head but you insist on showing me your hairy back. I know it's all in the name of art, but really it's just a hairy back and a bald head at the end of the day.
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ricj
- FB Fan -

United Kingdom
92 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  01:56:24  Show Profile  Visit ricj's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I couldn't really care less about the artwork for either of the Grand Duchy albums to be honest....
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
3095 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  04:29:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I, too, vote for (against?) both Grand Duchy albums.


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If all you see is violins, then I make a plea in their defense.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  07:36:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It seems too late to save Ray, very sad. But I totally get it. Nobody can be surprised about that.

Here are the round two results:

Pistolero - 2
Golem - 1
Cult of Ray - 3
Indie Cindy - 1
Come on Pilgrim - 1
Grand Duchy albums - 2

Round three starts now, Monday morning for me, and we will have until Wednesday morning to tally the votes

Gone:

Frank Black and the Catholics
Cult of Ray

Still surviving:

Come on Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa
Doolittle
Bossanova
Trompe Le Monde
B-Sides
Frank Black Self-Titled
TOTY
Oddballs
Pistolero
Dog in the Sand
Black Letter Days
Devil's Workshop
Show Me Your Tears
Sunday Sunny...
Snake Oil
One More Road for the Hit
Honeycomb
FMRM
Christmass
Bluefinger
SVN Fingers
Petit Fours
Let The People Speak
Golem
NSE
Paley & Francis
Abbabubba
Indie Cindy
Head Carrier
Beneath the Eyrie
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rivum
- FB Fan -

Canada
219 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  10:17:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Devil's Workshop gets my vote. somewhat boring artwork, combined with poor colour combinations.
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

999 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  11:46:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm gonna go for Indie Cindy because I don't like it much plus when I found out that the first Pixies 2.0 album was going to be the 3 EPs strung together I was major pissed off.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  11:54:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will vote Indie Cindy again as well.

The songs have grown on me.

But when I first saw the album cover (and the EP covers) I said to myself, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

Early polling:

DW - 1
IC - 2
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

999 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  11:59:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sprite

I'm gonna go for Indie Cindy because I don't like it much plus when I found out that the first Pixies 2.0 album was going to be the 3 EPs strung together I was major pissed off.



Ha, I see how that reads know. I meant the cover by the way.
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Discoking
= Cult of Ray =

Belgium
917 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  12:08:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i've always disliked the christmass one, to be honest. don't know what it is.


it's educational
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Brank_Flack
= Cult of Ray =

Canada
693 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  15:59:33  Show Profile  Click to see Brank_Flack's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I will continue to wage my war against Pistolero's word art graphics.

(also, happy Six Sixty-Six post to me)

Edited by - Brank_Flack on 12/07/2020 15:59:57
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Jamie
- FB Fan -

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2020 :  18:30:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Abbabubba
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2020 :  04:45:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tuesday morning polling:

DW - 1
IC - 2
Christmass - 1
Pistolero - 1
Abbabubba - 1
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ricj
- FB Fan -

United Kingdom
92 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2020 :  05:04:16  Show Profile  Visit ricj's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not particularly a fan of Indie Cindy or Head Carrier's artwork so put me down for one or both of them.

I really like the Christmass artwork myself though - it really suits the title of the album.
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

2335 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2020 :  06:32:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, so round 3 comes to a close, and IC is cast into the sea.

Final tally:

DW - 1
IC - 3
Christmass - 1
Pistolero - 1
Abbabubba - 1

Things are moving at a nice clip, about 2-3 days for each round.

Round 4 starts NOW, here we go:

Gone:

Frank Black and the Catholics
Cult of Ray
Indie Cindy

Still surviving:

Come on Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa
Doolittle
Bossanova
Trompe Le Monde
B-Sides
Frank Black Self-Titled
TOTY
Oddballs
Pistolero
Dog in the Sand
Black Letter Days
Devil's Workshop
Show Me Your Tears
Sunday Sunny...
Snake Oil
One More Road for the Hit
Honeycomb
FMRM
Christmass
Bluefinger
SVN Fingers
Petit Fours
Let The People Speak
Golem
NSE
Paley & Francis
Abbabubba
Head Carrier
Beneath the Eyrie
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