Depeche Mode – Violator

REACH OUT AND TOUCH FAITH

Every time I hear Personal Jesus, I kick myself for not yet attending a Depeche Mode show. All I want to do is throw up my hands during this at a live gig. From what I’ve heard, the entire crowd does it, like how people throw up their fists when Trent Reznor sings Wish. Who the hell doesn’t want that experience?

Creative director Anton Corbijn created the artwork for Violator, released in early 1990. Corbijn started his impressive career as a music photographer and has since created some of the most influential music videos to date. Aside from Depeche Mode, he has worked with Nirvana, U2 and Bob Dylan, just to name a few.

I created the rose by blotting napkins with kisses. I’m 26 years old, and this is the second time I’ve ever applied lipstick. It’s not something I plan on doing again, unless it’s in the name of sweet album covers.

 

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Filter – The Amalgamut

I remember buying this album long ago, intrigued by a song I heard off a commercial for the Hummer H2 (posted below). Upon listening to the CD, The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way) didn’t turn out to be my favorite track, which I am always grateful for when I purchase an album. At the time I was reading everything I could get my eyes on about Columbine, and the song Columind eventually made its way into a paper I wrote for a high school class. My Long Walk To Jail, along with The Missing, also became two of my favorite Filter songs.

Filter formed in Cleveland in 1993, and has since produced six studio albums. It has been said that a new album may be released this year.

As far as the Filter-inspired artwork goes, creating it was pretty straightforward, though the pose was semi-difficult and I’m sure I looked ridiculous.

Just what is an amalgamut? It may have been born from the verb amalgamate: to combine or unite to form one organization or structure. But I’d like to think it’s a secret word that only Richard Patrick, Steve, Frank and Geno know the true meaning of.

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BRMC – Baby 81

The harmonica has always been my favorite musical instrument, and songs like Fault Line, Shuffle Your Feet and Screaming Gun solidify how awesome the little guy can be. While Howl has been my favorite release by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Baby 81 album cover inspired me to pull out my old acoustic and try my hand at recreating the broken look.

My favorite verse off the album:
She’s got everyone to help her on her way
She’s got everyone to help her on her way
She’s got everyone to help her on her way
Down

Baby 81 serves as a home to some excellent tracks. I’ve seen BRMC three times live and from what I remember, amid hazy lights and tramples, these rock songs are the most delightful to dance to. Leah is a kickass drummer and I sincerely hope her recovery is going smoothly. I’ve included a photo of me in my I WANT TO BELEAH shirt.

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The Cure – Greatest Hits

This past Friday I decided to create my own take on an album cover from one of the more sentimental bands in my life. One of my earliest memories of music involves a cassette player, neoprene hand weights, and a boundless need to run that most children have when they are little. Every night my mother would pop in a tape and work out on our mini trampoline to her favorite musicians – namely Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Cure, U2 and The Police. I have fond memories of running around our one-story condo to People Are People and Hungry Like The Wolf. I was always the wolf, and would later be disappointed to see that other species were in fact featured in the music video.

In 1976, The Cure began life as Easy Cure. Since then the band, headed by Robert Smith, has produced an immense collection of beautiful tunes loved by people across the globe.

Favorites off this collection: The Walk, Just Like Heaven, Friday I’m In Love, Boys Don’t Cry, and Lullaby. I’d really love to explore the Lullaby mood, lyrics and overall beautifully dark presence in another photograph.

Side note: Sometimes I can’t listen to In Between Days without my heart breaking. Maybe it’s just me.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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