A year ago, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post for BeA Design Group about Europe's "The Final Countdown" album art. As I've said many times, while I mocked it at first, the damn thing has grown on me. The artwork is not terrible; far from it, a solid example of that particular period in popular music.
Well, lo and behold, the original illustrator for CBS Records, Les Katz, commented this morning to me on the post.
Among the things we learned:
-Europe is/was the "snottiest little blonde haired music narcassists"
-The artwork was the bands' concept, not his
-I need to "get a reality whats important check"
I certainly hope Mr. Katz didn't think I was disparaging his work in that piece, cos that wasn't the intent. The Superman 2 theme just kind of stuck out to me when I ran across that album cover, and making a few jokes about it and pretending to figure out how the idea happened did get a good discussion going.
His tale, actually, is a fine example of Client/Designer (or in this case, illustrator) relations. But Cliff explains that so much better than I could, so read his comment for that.
Apparently, Europe doesn't Rock. They are snotty, rude, and narcassistic. Still, that album is pretty good. I have to admit that much.