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Val Denham album covers

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Funeral In Berlin (1981) by Throbbing Gristle.

British artist and musician Val Denham was mentioned in yesterday’s post so I thought it worthwhile following up with a selection of the painter’s record sleeves. Denham’s art stood out for me when I first saw the cover of Throbbing Gristle’s Funeral In Berlin album. For its visceral immediacy this is still a big favourite. The early 1980s were the perfect time for Denham’s paintings to appear on record sleeves, the diminished area of CD packages providing a poor stage for work that’s this vivid and dramatic. Denham’s associations with Throbbing Gristle extended to work with Marc Almond, a cover for the Some Bizzare compilation If You Can’t Please Yourself You Can’t, Please Your Soul which featured ex-TG members Coil and Psychic TV, and further associations with Coil allies Black Sun Productions. Many of these connections can be explored at Denham’s detailed website which has a great gallery section showing work in a variety of media from the past thirty years. Denham’s art is surreal, intense, often disturbing, and deeply personal in its exploration of shifting gender boundaries. Isn’t it time someone published a Val Denham book?

Some cover samples follow. More can be seen at the artist’s website.

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Untitled (1982) by Marc and The Mambas. Design by Huw Feather.

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Torment And Toreros (front, 1983) by Marc and The Mambas. Design by Huw Feather.

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Torment And Toreros (back, 1983) by Marc and The Mambas. Design by Huw Feather.

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Torment (12″ single, 1983) by Marc and the Mambas with The Venomettes. Design by Huw Feather.

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Black Heart (12″ single, 1983) by Marc and The Mambas. Design by Huw Feather.

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If You Can’t Please Yourself You Can’t, Please Your Soul (1985) by Various Artists. Design by Paul White and Phil Barnes.

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Visions Ov Anarcadia (2005) by draZen.

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Senmaida (2005) by Merzbow.

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Once In A Full Moon (2006) by Black Sun Productions.

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E Pee (2011) by Queen Lear.

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Peter Christopherson, 1955–2010

 


 

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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    I loved those Marc & the Mambas records, and the covers were as much a part of the experience as the music itself.

    If You Can’t Please Yourself was a seminal album in my young and twisted life.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    That was a great compilation which now feels like the end of something special: that brief period when groups from the independent underground were given fleeting access to wider audiences. After that everything seemed to get a lot more commercial; independent music ossified into the wretched “indie” genre and the mainstream closed the doors on invention.

  3. #3 posted by Val Denham

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    Hi! Thank you so much for the article about my cover art.
    You say that there should be a book?
    It’s being produced right now for TIMELESS BOOKS in France.
    The book will have many photos of my artworks.
    Love,
    Val XX

  4. #4 posted by John

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    Hi Val! That’s great news about the book, definitely one for the shopping list.

 


 

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