The Art of the LP Contest Winner

September 7th, 2010

If you missed our recent interview with author Johnny Morgan, you not only missed a great interview, but you also missed a great chance to win a copy of his new book.

“The Art of the LP:  Classic Covers 1955 – 1995” by Johnny Morgan and Ben Wardle (2010 Sterling Publishing) is a celebration of album artistry.  Whether it’s the smoldering pin-up girl on The Cars’ “Candy-O” or Andy Warhol’s controversial zippered pants on the Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers”, album cover images have long captivated our imaginations and added to the music experience contained within their packaging.  “The Art of the LP” organizes album cover artwork chosen from this 40 years span by visual theme, and then analyzes why some covers become iconic while others missed the mark entirely.

We really enjoyed the book here at Figment, so during our interview we asked Johnny –

‘FN:  Figment is a site devoted to fake bands and their visual identity.  Do you think someone could be fooled into believing a fake band was real if the album artwork for the band was strong enough?

JM:  Definitely. Hopefully Art of The LP can help someone to construct a good-looking album cover for a long forgotten but highly regarded American punk band called XXXX who toured once with the Replacements in 1986, before falling apart at a diner in Ames, Iowa amid a storm of ketchup, beer and amphetamines, just as their debut album ‘Pick Your Noise’ was being pressed on a limited run of 1000 copies.”

Thanks to the good people at Sterling Publishing, we were able to make Johnny’ s wish a reality by creating a quick contest to see who could design the best cover for the XXXX’s debut album.  Johnny judged the entries and selected this cover for the XXXX long lost debut album “Pick Your Noise.”

by scarletto

The two runners up are:

by thehoseman

by frizbee

So congratulations scarletto, we’ll be getting a copy of Johnny’s book out to you asap!  We’d also like to congratulate the two runners up, and all of the players who participated.

As for the rest of you, we highly recommend you check out “The Art of the LP”, it’s a great book and a treasure trove of info on what to do and what not to do when designing an album cover!

7 Responses to “The Art of the LP Contest Winner”

  1. theHoseman Says:

    Diggin’ the Juke Box cover by scarletto! Makes you work for the information.
    It appears both frizbee and myself were fixated on the ‘pick your…’ part of the title. I’m struck by the similarities in our covers. You’d think we worked in a collaborative effort.
    Perhaps it’s true about minds thinking alike…

  2. frizbee Says:

    The winners are never what you expect. It’s always a bit disheartening to work so hard on something only to lose out to a design that looks like it took 5 minutes to make. Personally, I think theHoseman’s cover is better than the winning cover, but that’s just more my style. Congrats to the winner, and better luck next time to the rest of us! I still gotta get me a copy of that book.

  3. Eric Says:

    I have to disagree frizbee, I think Johnny made the right pick although I agree thehoseman’s is good and a bit more punk – all things Johnny stated in his comments to me. The reason he picked scarletto’s was because he liked the subtlety. If you’ll notice the C and the 9 on the jukebox are worn down which leads you to the album title. Pretty cool little twist if you ask me. Sorry you didn’t win the book, but thanks for competing. We all love your stuff.

  4. poppinfresh Says:

    Congrats, Scarletto! You always do great work!

  5. Scarletto Says:

    Thanks Poppinfresh’! I am very surprised and quite honored!

  6. Scarletto Says:

    Actually, the cover took quite a while to make frizbee, and there was some logic behind it. Since the band broke up in an argument in a diner, I was using the kind of jukebox you might see in a diner to sort of reflect that. To put in a hidden message if you will that the band’s fans would “get”. However, I think yours and Hoseman’s designs are awesome, and very well put together and would have expected either of them to win over the jukebox cover.

  7. Scarletto Says:

    Thank you Johnny! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Leave a Reply