I was flipping through some of my records yesterday and looking at the random posters and inserts. One of my favorites is the insert in Bright Flight, which is a channel grid from Hum Depot in Nashville, with a lot of random non-instrument things filled in for many tracks.
Then I opened up Mirror Traffic and found this:
and I recognized the first line from the chorus/bridge thing on Flower Children. Does anyone know anything else about this? I'm fascinated by it for some reason.
Kinda weird we're just now bringing this one up, eh? About 6 months ago I moved my turntable and receiver into our bedroom, and when I was relocating everything I sat down and looked through all my SM records. I should've done a post on some of those things. I thought this was cool, but totally missed the Flower connection. I wonder if it is a quote from something else or a SM original poem.
One thing I hadn't noticed before that I really liked was on the back of CR (actually noticed this on the Desert Origins edition CD) there's a scrawl with something about how the tone you seek has nothing to do with your amp. Rings true as an amateur, hobby guitar player.
"Pussy licking school for dick sucking fools" is an absurd classic, but also pretty well known for obvious reasons. Kinda jumps out at you. Haha.
I find the artwork in general very interesting... lots of send-ups/rip-offs/co-opting of other art:
- J-bags rips off Imperial Teen
- MT uses the cover of the "Baseball" poetry book
- RET slightly riffs on the cover of an old Graphis
- Slanted is a Fall-ized version of some old album that I cannot remember at the moment... a piano deal, maybe even holiday music? Someone else here will remember and fill that in...
- CR and Watery are, as far as I know, unique unlike the above, but are clearly heavy riffs on any Fall album cover