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

    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.

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  • davidwills 6:31 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: andre the giant, , , Barrack Obama, , , giant, , , , obey, obey the giant, , , , Shepard Fairey, , Street Art, The Damned   

    Obey The Bubbles 


    Welcome thrill-seekers to an impromptu Barney Bubbles / Shepard Fairey mash-up. Made possible by reshuffling some of Shepard Fairey’s LPs that appear as part of his current exhibition in London. Cunningly created onsite by my London correspondents R&M.

    All “Shepard who”? He’s the Obey Giant guy; Barrack Obama’s Hope street artist of choice.

    Show is at The Stolen Space Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, Off Brick Lane, London E1. Closes on November 4th.

     
  • davidwills 6:43 am on June 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , gaye advert, , , one chord wonder, one chord wonders, , , the adverts, The Damned, tv smith   

    Barney Bubbles – The Adverts 

    A recent documentary about punk rock band ‘The Adverts’ features TV Smith, the band’s singer/songwriter talking about the sleeve that Barney Bubbles created for them in 1977 (using a photo shot by Phil Franks who sometimes comments on this blog).

    TV Smith: “I had no problem with Stiff Records, even when I thought I was being done over. I could see the point of it, for example, the cover of One Chord Wonders. They put Barney Bubbles onto designing the cover, then when we got invited into Stiff to see what he’d done, well, I felt like I’d been stiffed. But, what can you say, it was a brilliant cover. They created an icon out of Gaye and they put The Adverts firmly in punk rock history. There was no question that that cover – which I would definitely not have agreed to – was a massive step forward for the band.”

    Cover of The Adverts’ ‘One Chord Wonders’, by Barney Bubbles, photography Phil Franks.

    Photo of Barney Bubbles from ‘The Adverts’ documentary.

    Watch the whole documentary HERE, fast forward to 11.50 for the Barney Bubbles bit.

    (Info provided by Barney Xpurtz R&M)

     
    • D.Cheema 3:40 pm on June 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      TV Smith did not go into why he had reservations about the cover – despite its brilliance and why he thinks he felt stiffed. Stiff knew what they were doing which was to sell records. I would like to see if there was any comments made at the time. They moved to another record label for their follow up – which was a minor hit.

      • davidwills 6:13 pm on June 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I ‘spect that TV Smith thought, like me, that the cover was a rippoff of the IT newspaper logo that used a coarse half-tone of Theda Bara, the It girl, but which was the inspiration, not the source.

      • Rebecca and Mike 9:32 pm on June 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        We spoke to TV Smith a few years ago about this. TV Smith’s reservations stem from the fact that The Adverts were a band of four members (3 male, 1 female), but only one of them (Gaye Advert, the female member) was pictured on the front of the sleeve.

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

    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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