Episode 3 – Huw Feather

I'm not exactly fulfilling my promise to get a podcast out every month, am I? Oh well... quality rather than quantity eh? This episode is all about the design work of Huw Feather, a very nice chap who is now a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. In the early-1980s, way before Huw began working in academia, he was the man responsible for almost every Soft Cell record sleeve, as well as many more for the solo career of Marc Almond. He grew up with Marc in Southport so it was nice to meet him back in his hometown. Continue reading

Episode 2 – Laurence Stevens

Finally, episode 2 is up and running. This was a joy and a massive pain to complete... A joy because Laurence Stevens was an absolute delight to talk to - a total pop fan and enthusiast who is still involved in design today. A pain because I ended up with a corrupted audio file which meant I had to do the interview twice, and a trip to London for the interview was a waste of his time. Very frustrating indeed. Continue reading

Episode 1 – Introduction

I'm back Back BACK! as Smash Hits would have once declared. It's been a while since I podcasted, but the time is right and I've got something worth sharing. You may be aware that I write about design and music for a fine magazine entitled Classic Pop. Each issue I use up plenty of lovely colour pages waxing lyrical about the beautiful design work that once adorned record covers. I usually feature a specific designer and explore their archive of materials and I've interviewed some fascinating people. These podcasts will be a supplement to the magazine, allowing me to include additional content that due to word count limitations, often can't make it into print. I hope you enjoy the show, please subscribe at iTunes HERE and if you're very nice, you could even leave a review there. https://soundcloud.com/oftctopus/art-on-your-sleeve-episode-1-introduction Continue reading