Tuesday, July 24, 2007

GBH - Midnight Madness and Beyond

This is one of my favorite albums by the seminal hardcore punk band GBH, and also one of my favorite covers because of the surreptitious presentation of various sets of notable or celebrity eyes. In some ways, one might call it a funny tweak on Sgt. Peppers with a who's who game, but really, the album is about GBH's first tour of the United States, particularly New York City, where there were fascinated by the never-ending night life, hence the title Midnight Madness and Beyond.

The set of eyes is kinda intimidating, honestly, as if a large cluster of voyeurs are scrutinizing you directly. Of course, having Adam West's Batman facade lightens things up a bit, but then look out for Charlie Manson's eyes! Creeeeepy....


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

The connection between this and Sgt Peppers is interesting. I never made that connection, but they do have some similarity.

July 26, 2007 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, it only just recently dawned on me now, since they're in the center surrounded by notable characters, and the guessing game is much tougher!

July 27, 2007 at 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know all of the faces?

pretty sure about: Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, Adam West as Batman,

possibly: Iggy Pop, Son of Sam, Geronimo and Benjamin Franklin

September 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM  

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