Album Cover Art: California Love vs. Government Warning
posted by April 18 at 12:52 PMon
I just wanted an opportunity to put these two album covers next to each other. Last night, my boyfriend and I were sitting around our living room, where this California Love LP, Reaping the Whirlwind (2006), is presently leaning up against a bookshelf. We kept staring at it and laughing at how ridiculous and hilarious it is, since it includes so many metal and punk-rock artwork clichés: in other words, how amazingly awesome it is. This is a small image, so let me explain a bit:
- 1. The grim reaper, with sickle.
2. A plane crashed into the iconic Capitol Records building.
3. A huge pile of skulls, with a few still-alive arms and hands reaching up through them.
4. Some of the skulls have the names of major record labels printed on their foreheads.
5. A vulture carrying away some kind of tiny corpse.
6. Metal lettering.
This of course brought to mind a favorite LP of mine, Government Warning’s No Moderation (also 2006). At the time, we were too cozy to get off the couch to dig this record out and put the two side by side. No Moderation’s album artwork includes:
- 1. A skeleton patient in a hospital bed who has just died.
2. The skeleton patient is holding an American flag and a bible.
3. A skeleton nurse holding a syringe.
4. A graveyard.
Being into punk rock lo these many years, I love this kind of album art, no matter how silly it is. And these are both really great albums, by the way. I’ve spoken enough about No Moderation in the past, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned this California Love LP. One word: grindcore. It is seriously rocking—just classic, straight-up grind. It’s my number-three favorite music to copyedit to when the office gets too loud here at The Stranger. And California Love include members of Look Back and Laugh, the Bay Area’s premier thrashy hardcore straight-edge band. You can’t go wrong there.