Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here



Floyd had a lot of interesting conceptual album cover artwork, but this one is perhaps my favorite, mostly because of its surrealness. Sometimes I think of Johnny Rotten in PIL screaming "Burn, Hollywood, Burn!" when I see this cover of the two movie studio execs shaking hands, but the greatness of the cover is that you can make up your own story to it.

21 Comments:

Blogger Metal Mark said...

Perhaps it's someone agreeing to appear in a Vinnie Vincent Invasion video.

September 5, 2007 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

It's definately one of those album covers that makes you pick it up the first time you see it and just stare at it.

September 5, 2007 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

This is another example of the artwork being changed for the CD and another example of why LPs are so much better. It's cool here, but when you see it in all it's 12" glory.

Hipgnosis did a lot of great album art (for good and bad bands alike). Here's a little history and a list of the covers they designed.

September 5, 2007 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Definitely a classic, leaves a lot to the imagination. Either this or "Animals" stands as my favorite Floyd cover art.

September 5, 2007 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Thank God they put the album name on the CD release. I'm sure thousands of people were getting this confused with Metal Rendez-Vous by Krokus until Capitol Records had the wisdom to clarify things.

September 5, 2007 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Mark and Chuck, you got me rolling this morning!

Mike, I agree wholeheartedly...even after playing it a billion times, it's hard not to still pause on that cover!

Bob, I agree with you as well...it's a lost art

Jeff, I think we're in agreement on the best Floyd cover

September 6, 2007 at 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know who the two guys are on the "Wish you were here" album cover? because I swear.. the guy thats on fire looks like Ozzy Osbourne

May 11, 2008 at 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they are 2 stuntmen Danny Rogers is on the left and shaking hand with Ronnie Rondell who is the one on fire...

August 30, 2008 at 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the ID of the guys on the picture has bothered me for some time, and I could never find their names anywhere. For a while, I actually thought it was Gilmour on the left and Wright on fire. I know it makes no sense for them to do something risky like that, but if you look closely at the faces, the two guys look a heck of a lot like those two.

November 8, 2008 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

The guy wasn't really on fire so any member of the band could have been in the shot. The fire was added later.

November 25, 2008 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry ben, but you're wrong. the stuntman was actually set on fire and photographed. the flames were not added later. there's actually 2 different version of the photo. on was used on the original columbia release in america and a different one was used in the uk. the uk version (the one with the flaming man leaning forward) is now the version used on all cd releases.

December 30, 2008 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know "why" the dude's on fire? was there some symbolism there?

February 24, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fire guy was Everett Creach of Tora Tora Tora & Dirty Harry fame shot a Warnor Bros studio

March 26, 2009 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fyi, they are BOTH 2 "Hollywood Stuntmen", Ronnie Rondel (on fire)and Danny Rogers is shaking Ronnie Rondels hand. The photograph was taken at Warner Brothers Studio's lot. So there you have it...

January 12, 2010 at 2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"does anyone know "why" the dude's on fire? was there some symbolism there?"

The symbolism to one man being on fire represents being burned by a business deal.

July 11, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

The dude is on fire because he is "evil". The other guy is "good" & they are making a deal. When you take into account the industrial background, it all makes sense. Welcome to the machine!!! lol

October 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon Aug 30, 2008

I swear I always thought that the guy on the left NOT on fire was Robert Kulp! Just looked like him to me. Thanks for clearing that up.

January 8, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The concept of all of the art for wish you were here is meant to represent absence. In this particular case it is a quote from the bible. " Too frightened to be present, lest he be burned. " Meaning if your afraid to show people your true self, you will suffer for it.

July 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL - you call this "Whole Lotta Album Covers", but album covers here have only a front! There was a back image to a album cover, too, which you don't show!

August 19, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

anonymous (the most recent one)-
Let's see all of the other comments here focus on the album cover in the post. Yet yours is telling us that these albums have back covers as well. Well thanks for coming down from Mount Olympus to enlighten us on that point.

August 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man on the right, who is on fire, represents the person getting "burnt" in the deal between the two individuals. It is also the view of Waters on the music industry. The guys at the top of the music labels make the music star life look glamorous, like all your dreams will come true, but they're really in it to control your life so the labels get what they want. "What did you dream? It's alright, we told you what to dream". Thanks to the folks who gave a couple theories about the different album covers.

November 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM  

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