Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Classic Punk Albums Reimagined with Blue Note Jazz Cover Stylings: A John Yates portfolio

(Many thanks to an old friend, Mr. Burma, Music Librarian / DJ at KALX Radio in Berkeley, for directing attention towards this collection of images!)




The graphic design work of John Yates has been showing up on album covers and in other places since the late 1980s.

His design portfolio site, Stealworks has a section of 'Ideations', that includes this series of "Punk Note" album covers; Taking classic punk rock albums released between 1965-1990, and re-imagining them with design elements drawn from the Blue Note jazz record label.

Some of these imagined covers are 'merely' really fun, or really good

Some of them are also transcendently f***ing brilliant. 

That's my take, anyway...



- Click THIS link to plunge into the rabbit hole: a TON of images from John Yates' 'Punk Note' series!


















 Click THIS link to plunge into the rabbit hole: a TON of images from John Yates' 'Punk Note' series!




































- No, but seriously; Don't just settle for the images shown here!! 
Click THIS link to plunge into the rabbit hole: a TON of images from John Yates' 'Punk Note' series!

See also: 
- A short bio of John Yates, available at the Alternative Tentacles Records website.

- John Yates interviewed about his career in design and this 'Punk Note' series at 
No Echo and at Achilles In The Alleyway.
(recent as of this posting)

3 comments:

nealumphred said...

Clevaire! They are also so good I can't pick a fave (although I'm leaning toward the Black Flag and Dead Kennedys images).

I will post a link to this article this my Rather Rare Records page on Facebook and maybe both of my readers will check it out.

Keep on keepin' on!

Mr. Lee said...

Interview with Yates about this series.
http://achillesinthealleyway.blogspot.com/2020/05/interview-with-john-yates.html

The In Crowd said...

Thanks for the comment, Mr. Lee - - and I *think* that's a link to the same 'Achilles In The Alleyway' interview that I'd already included in the tail end of the post. ;) Cheers!

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