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  • davidwills 5:35 pm on October 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Advert, Advertising, , Brian Ferry, Canada, Chris Gabrin, , ElvisCostello, , , ick Lowe, InnerCityUnit, , KeithRichard, , Love, Motorhead, N, , RadarRecords, RollingStones, Roxy Music, Sphynx, Thalidomide, TheAttractions, ThisYearsModel, Valium, Xitintoday   

    Nik Turner pictured and Lemmy named in Elvis Costello advert 

    pic: courtesy of Rebecca and Mike*  To see it up big, click on’t.

    hi David. well, we plunged into the Barney Bubbles tombola and pulled out this item for you. hopefully your readers will enjoy seeing this.

    okay… so… this is an advert Barney designed for Elvis Costello’s LP ‘This Years Model’ 1978. this is one of a series of adverts that Barney designed for the LP, all were on different themes. this one (as you can see) is themed ‘Drugs’. the pic is big enough for you folks to be able to read the labels and have a go at decoding it; we can argue between ourselves in the comments department over who is who and what means what, and warm Siberia up a bit.

    of immediate interest to Hawkwind readers might be that Nik Turner and Lemmy both make an appearance in this Elvis Costello advert (that’s Nik in the top middle picture, and Lemmy is name-checked under the top right picture).

    David W writes: Down in the comments dungeon it is explained that the top right picture is of Little Tony, not Hawkwind’s Lemmy although that is what the caption implies.

    I would expect that this was designed as a center spread with no split, and got shoved elsewhere by Jarvis in production, I don’t think Barney would have designed an everything-centred layout if he had known it was going to be split. Factis, if I recall aright, it was a bit unusual for the Ol’boy to center anything if he could help it. So prove me wrong. I remember having some circles with type in them, I asked “Flush left or centred?” and he answered quick as a spark, “Flush left!” with the implied “Of course, you idiot.”

    *Who may, in due course, resend another shot of this ad, perhaps with a sheet of glass on top for extra flatness, with the full-frontal of Nik showing in the across-the-back split at the fold so that our Nik T fans can admire his charm.

    Outraged Barnophiles gibe: there’s a lot of centred barney texts, like there’s a lot of ranged left (or right) texts.

    there’s also a lot of barney design that is willfully designed to not fit the format…

    DW: And so it is that wise things are said that refute my mumblings and wise me up – especially when used with the word ‘wilfully’ to describe The B. Wilfull is of the essence.

    RM: glass?

    DW: Ok, no glass then, how ’bout showing all the ink that is currently hid by overlapping pages?

    RM: words split by a fold?

    boy, you is gettin old and cranky

    DW: Got that right. I called myself ‘Eric Stodge’ for a reason.

    RM: but, we are still friends okay! LOL! 🙂

    • Phil Franks 5:41 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That top right image looks nothing at all like Lemmy.

      Could it be Little Tony?

    • rebecca and mike 6:44 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you’re right phil, top right is definitely not Lemmy, but underneath the pic it says ‘Lemmys sulphate’: that’s what we were referring to when we said Lemmy makes an appearance by being name-checked under the pic. we didn’t mean the actual pic itself. apologies for any unintentional confusion!

    • rebecca and mike 7:04 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the bottom right image is the Canadian flag and it says ‘Keith Richard’ underneath it. got this explanatory text from Wikipedia:

      “The most serious charges Richards faced resulted from his arrest on 27 February 1977 at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hote, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found him in possession of “22 grams of heroin”. Richards was originally charged with “possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking” – an offence that under the Criminal Code of Canada can result in prison sentences of seven years to life. His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until 1 April, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction. The charge against him was later reduced to “simple possession of heroin”.

    • Phil Franks 7:25 am on October 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      R&M – you do say Lemmy is “name-checked” so any confusion is purely in my own mind.

      The more I look at it the more I’m convinced the photo is of Little T.

      The pills could be Mandrax, widely used in those days…

    • rebecca and mike 6:24 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The pills in the bottom left?

      They’re single-scored and have the imprint Roche 2, which according to online drug identification resources would suggest they’re Diazepam, which was first marketed as Valium by Roche. http://www.pharmer.org/images/foreign/diazepam-roche-2

      The phrase under the pic says Valium too, so perhaps this particular image and word combination is one of the more straightforward ones in the advert! We believe that Mandrax was marketed by Roussel, so would never have carried the Roche imprint.

      We’ve read that Valium is used for a variety of conditions; the treatment of panic attacks and the treatment of overdosage with hallucinogens being a couple examples. However, we’re not drug experts, so please always consult a doctor first!

    • davidwills 12:41 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Barney and I would swap tales of adventure and daring, on the occassions when we met, he’d tell of his latest escapades, and mentioned one time as how he’d used Tony in an ad, that it was amusing and drug related. What year we talking here, 1977?

    • rebecca and mike 6:54 pm on October 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply


  • davidwills 6:21 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Advertising, , John Muggeridge, Quintessence   

    In Blissful Company 


    Cover of Quintessence ‘In Blissful Company’


    This is one of the adverts Barney designed for the Quintessence LP ‘In Blissful Company’. He also designed the LP itself (together with John Muggeridge). 1969 was the year. John Muggeridge is in one of the photos you posted earlier (if our memory serves us well.) – RandM

    Thanks for that Rebecca and Mike, John M is in the group shot for the cover of Oz 12 and in the photograph of us painting the Good Guyz Bus.

    • David Lowbridge 8:52 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic… as much as I like the cover it’s great seeing the advert being treated as an artwork in its own right, rather than the cover-image-as-large-as-you-can-date-at-the-bottom approach you typically see now. Also, love the way the optical illusion ‘spins’ as I scroll up and down the page – must stop doing that too much though!

      Out of interest, was the red a conscious choice do you think, or was it because that section of the magazine was printed in that single colour?

    • davidwills 9:07 pm on November 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Barney used Moire patterns in his light show, he put them on the overhead projector and shuffled them around, with similar head spinning effects to those that excited Mr Lowbridge.

    • rebecca and mike 9:44 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Mr Lowbridge: the orange print was deliberate.

    • Paul Gorman 10:50 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What a wowzer zowzer poster.
      Def BB right?
      I’m actually more intrigued by the Fis(c)her Z “related post”.
      Is this because John Pasche commissioned BB occasionally?
      Just for the record FZ were one of the worst bands I ever had the bad luck to witness in performance (and they were pretty dreadful on record as well).
      JLH is of course a totally different 13-bar kettle of fish
      Had to share…

    • davidwills 5:12 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      RandM, that is a poster, not a mag ad, right? I think so.

      Imagine how exotic this poster was when it was published, out of the roughly tumbled dross of the rock world’s graphics, suddenly ‘eye catching’ became a sport.

      The ‘related post’ is a random artifact of computered guesswork

    • rebecca and mike 6:51 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What is pictured is a full-page magazine advert (not a poster).

    • davidwills 7:25 pm on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What was the magazine, was it in Friends? Maybe I saw the art, or a proof in the studio at 307.

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