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  • davidwills 8:41 am on June 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Basically, Billy Childish, Captain Sensible, Chiswick Records, Chrissie Hynde, , , Fred Burns, , Incendiary Device, , , , ,   

    Barney Bubbles – Bondage Mayhem 

    My indefatigable London correspondents R&M tell me a fresh film about punk rock act Johnny Moped has been laid and hatched by Fred Burns, son of The Damned’s Captain Sensible. Sadly only a trailer can currently be seen though, click here. The trailer features Barney Bubbles’s bondage maypole video; a video he directed for Johnny Moped’s ‘Incendiary Device’ track (something Barney wrote me about in a letter once). Here’s a still from the video showing what I’m goin’ on abaht:

    Still from Johnny Moped video 'Incendiary Device', directed by Barney Bubbles.

    Still from Johnny Moped ‘Incendiary Device’ video, directed by Barney Bubbles.


    R&M also tell me that Barney used this bondage theme for press ads for Johnny Moped’s LP Cycledelic. And so here below, for your sweaty pleasure, are three of the published press ad variations. The photos are different in each ad, as are the graphic dingbats Barney put in the top corners, and R&M tell me this isn’t even the complete set. Boy, Barney never did like to make life easy for himself!
    3 Press ad variations for Johnny Moped's Cycledelic LP, by Barney Bubbles. Thanks to R&M for the pic.

    3 Press ad variations for Johnny Moped’s Cycledelic LP, by Barney Bubbles. Thanks to R&M for the pic.


    Don’t forget to drop by again soon tomcats!

    Fred Burns film’s website is here.

     
  • davidwills 8:54 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ain't That a Shame, , , Captain Sensible, , Dave Vanian, , Designer, , , Rat Scabies, , ,   

    Barney Bubbles – Ain’t That A Shame 

    Well readers, I’ve been cajoling Barney Bubbles boffins Rebecca and Mike to dip into their folder of ‘stuff Barney did that not many people know about’ and they’ve come up with some goods for us all to admire.

    Pictured here below is a sleeve Barney (born Colin Fulcher) designed for former Damned punk band member Brian James in 1978. Marvel at the dextrous flicking of Barney’s favourite ink-laden toothbrush across carefully cut masks. R&M tell me that as well as creating the entire front illustration, the design of the front, back and label design is all Barney’s handiwork. They also point out to me the design of the record company name on the label (BJ Records) uses the spindle hole to not only hold the record in place, but also provide the ‘O’ of ‘RECORDS’ and the dot of the letter ‘j’; a typical economy of means.

    Want to know what the track sounds like? Listen here:

    And maybe check this blog entry where Brian talks a little about another sleeve designed by Barney, and muses on his personal dislike of folks like Malcolm McLaren.

     
    • Francesco Borseti 6:13 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Mr.Wills,
      are you still in touch with Mr.Garry Rusoff ?
      I’m writing a book and I’d like to ask him some questions concerning The Evictors (1978).
      If you have the pleasure I’ll give additional informations about me and my project at my email.
      Thanks.
      Best,
      Francesco

      • davidwills 2:19 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Yes I am but can’t find his numero, he lives in LA – if you 411 him you should be able to find him, if I do it first I’ll let y know.

    • David Christopher Townley Wills 3:08 am on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh wow… that’s a real gas guyz.

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