You Have Such a Pretty Sleeveface

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Photo courtesy and credit Ben Trow and Gemma Rochester.

For a while now I've been hearing about the inevitable demise of the record album. It just seems to be headed in that direction. Not just the fact that most of today's iPod nation would rather cherry pick downloadable tracks rather than listen to a set of songs in their intended sequence, but the fact that no one seemingly gives a rip anymore about great album cover art.

Well, until now. I'm happy to report that vinyl records are in hot demand again - and for their cover art, but for a different reason. Seems there's a new fad out there on the Internet that has many music lovers digging through their parents' basements and scouring garage sales for old vinyl albums, so that they can pose as part of the artist. shows you how to do it - using several examples that fans have uploaded.

Of course, there are limitations to this trick. Albums that don't feature a face or body part taking up a majority of the cover space won't work (that means Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is out.) Neither do CDs for the obvious reason that they're too small.

Here's a few of my favorites that I found on the Sleeveface site (all pictures courtesy of them with photo credit noted where applicable.)

Blondie (photo credit Vincent Ballbag):

Cibo Mato (this one's really fascinating as the two girls look remarkably like the band members on the cover. Photo credit Mary Dovorsky and Christina:)

The Soup Dragons (photo credit unknown:)

Check out the site for more where these came one. There's one of two guys posing as the Double Fantasy LP that is kind of scary.

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