Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mission statement

The artwork [for Mission of Burma's 1981 EP Signals, Calls, and Marches] exhibited significant postpunk damage....The cover was originally intended to be raw cardboard, the ultimate in minimalism, but for technical reasons, they used a photograph of cardboard, which actually made it even more conceptual. The lyric sheet took all the words used in the songs and arranged them in alphabetical order.

—Simon Reynolds, Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984


Blogger Chris Tamarri said...

If I recall, Aimee Mann used a similar trick (the lyric deconstruction and alphabetizing thing) on her I'm With Stupid, fitting for such a devotee of the punk (and post-) aesthetic.

11:47 AM  

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