Publick notice

Light posting will likely continue through the rest of the week, due to the onset of one damned thing after another that seems to constitute life at Totleigh Towers. Which is too bad, really, because at the moment I have about thirty open tabs in the Brave browser, just sitting there waiting for me to unleash my wrathful attention on ’em. This sudden tsunami of truly historical events of late threatens to drown Ye Olde Blogghoste in neglected blog-fodder here, I admit.

After a couple of days to mull it over, I’m thinking the best way to handle our new Daily Donnybrook open thread is to refresh it a couple times a week—putting up a new one, say, every Tuesday and Friday or Saturday. I’m definitely grateful to the folks who recommended doing it, if only for the sudden influx of BBQ recipes and the like in the comments; from that, it’s easy to envision this thing turning into something very damned useful indeed around this place.

Anyways, back when I can, as I can, folks. Oh, and here’s a neat little bit of arcana about that London Calling album cover some of y’all might not have heard about before:

It all began on the 20th September 1979. On that day, in Palladium club in New York took place the concert of a British rock group, The Clash. During the concert, the upset bassist wrecked his guitar on the scene, and the moment was captured on photography by Pennie Smith. Thanks to this photo, one of the most famous album covers in the history of rock came to existence.

The final version of the cover was designed by Ray Lowry. Pennie Smith at first didn’t want to allow the use of her photo, arguing that it’s blurry. Lowry convinced her that the lack of focus was in this case a good thing, as it made it more authentic and spontaneous.

London Calling cover quickly became famous all over the world. It was a pastiche, meaning a conscious reference to another piece. Lowry used composition and lettering similar to Elvis Presley’s earlier (RCA debut) album. It was a bit provocative, as Elvis was acclaimed back then as the king of rock and the less famous band The Clash was only about to begin another revolution in rock music, but in a way more hardcore version.

There’s a pic of the Simenon P-bass aftermath, too. It wound up in about the condition you’d expect, alas.

10 thoughts on “Publick notice

  1. “…refresh it a couple times a week—putting up a new one, say, every Tuesday and Friday or Saturday.”

    Sounds like a good idea. We thank you for getting it up and running.

  2. Re The Clash Cover for London Calling. First off thesoft out of focus picture actually just screamed punk. Raw, just short of professional even though the photographer was professional (many “punks” could in fact play their instruments well), and an explosion of raw emotion.

    Recall Elvis died only 2 years earlier. It’s hard to believe that Elvis was still here as the Ramones released their first two albums and Punk was just returning rock to its roots.

    What might Elvis had done had he lived?

    Also note, it is a callback to the beginnings of the 60’s garage/punk with bands like The Who smashing guitars. In places like CBGBs and elsewhere in NYC the Nuggets album was being played when bands weren’t on. That was a collection of known and lesser know garage tracks from the 60’s. I Want Candy, Louie Louie, I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night, Dirty Water, Nobody But Me, Psychotic Reaction, Time Won’t Let Me, Pushin’ Too Hard, Friday On My Mind, Just Like Me. If I played the songs you’d go “Oh yeah, I FORGOT about that one!”

    So it kind of tied everything together in a neat little package, From Elvis to The WHo to The Clash. a lineage, if you will.

  3. The Off Topic is great Tue and Fri/Sat update.

    If you can, I’d expand the “last comments” from 5 to 10, although with the “follow this post” a lot of times I get the email and can find ones that slipped off that front page “last comment” section.

    1. Agree on the “last comments”. How am I supposed to know who to attack if there are so few in the list 🙂

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