I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite a long time. I bought Blur’s Think Tank album on vinyl and as a limited CD when it came out in October 2003. I also managed to find the promotional CD of the album with the now famous handstamped “Petrolhead” logo. Petrolhead even appeared stamped on the label of a white label, promotional 12″,
When I saw this almost central stamp on the CD I wasn’t really convinced that the logo was a handstamped motif and thought it was probably printed. However, I had seen many copies online with the stamp in different places that convinced me that the logo must have been handstamped. I had heard about some copies of the promo CD that didn’t have the Petrolhead stamp, but I hadn’t actually seen one until a new acquaintance, Paul Coombs, sold me a copy together with another copy of the CD promo with the stamp.
Then there is a rumour of another version of the Think Tank promo CD that has a pink baby’s handprint (or in some cases a pink baby’s footprint.)
However, I’ve never actually seen a physical version of this, only the image online. Can anyone verify that this version actually exists?
I don’t like to comment on people’s appearance, but David Shrigley is about ten centimetres taller than me. He is well-known for his often comical drawings and artworks. He was born in Glasgow, studied art at the Glasgow School of Art and has had many solo shows both in the U.K. and internationally. He had an exhibition at Stockholm’s Spritmuseum from 27 September to 28 March, 2019 where he filled the exhibition space with inflatable swans. It was quite exciting to see the twenty-or-so giant swans slowly inflate and raise their heads and then slowly deflate again. Shrigley attended the opening and the closing of the exhibition and I made sure I would be on the final day.
My interest in David Shrigley’s art was peaked when I discovered that he had designed the cover to Castle Face & Friends’ rendition of the Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous album in 2012.
To round off the evening David Shrigley offered to design tattoos for anyone attending and many people let him draw little figures on arms, legs or anywhere they wished. Then a tattoo artist fixed the designs permanently. Somehow I didn’t manage to get a tattoo, but I did manage to get David to sign my LP cover.
Just recently I bought David Shrigley & Régis Laugier’s Play Something Awful LP with cover design by David. I realised that he’s been involved in writing lyrics as well as designing record and CD covers. He wrote lyrics for the San Francisco band Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity LP in 2007 and even did the cover for Jason Mraz’s 2008 We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things LP/CD.
There are a few rare covers that Shrigley has designed. The one I would most like to get is Stephen Malkmus & Friends Can’s Ege Bambyasi LP released for record Store Day 2013. I’m sorry I missed it.
I’ll return to David Shrigley’s record cover art in a future post as I research his designs further.