A Couple of Banksy-style Covers Not by Banksy.

There are now over one hundred record and CD covers with artwork by Banksy or with works modified from original Banksy designs, most of which are unauthorised. With the escalation in value of Banksy prints in recent years, even record cover prices have soared and it seems impossible that normal people will be able to collect all of the known ones. It seems previously unknown covers with Banksy art appear almost weekly. Some less than scrupulous people are selling records or CDs with street art as possible Banksy covers. Auction site (such as Ebay) buyers can also be lured to buy records with grafitti art covers that happen to include a song with Banksy in the title — and there are a number of these.

Two have arrived in my collection. The first was U. K. Subs’ Ziezo album released in 2016. Track 4 on side B is called Banksy and the cover image could, at a stretch, be a stencilled work. I bought this as an interesting special edition record — pressed on tri-colour vinyl and the cover signed by the band.

The cover of the U. K. Subs’ Ziezo LP.

The second is a more recent purchase. It is a rare promotional compilation double CD called Music for Birthdays on the Rebtuz label. Generally only available as a download, this album also contains a song entitled Banksy Fashion (track 8 on CD 2.) However, I bought it for the cover image Burger King by the Norwegian street artist Dolk (Dolk Ludgren). Some people have suggested that Dolk may be a pseudonym for Banksy, who as far as we know has never done any murals in Norway. Dolk, though is the genuine article. Originating in Bergen, where his career started, he became famous for his portrait of the Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon wearing a Burger King crown. In 2006 he remade the image this time portraying Prince Charles wearing the Burger King crown instead of Haakon. A print edition of 250 was made.

The Music for Birthdays double CD uses an authorised version of Dolk’s Burger King on the booklet cover.

The booklet cover for the promotional CD Music for Birthdays.

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