While I could have chosen 10 album covers from Raymond Pettibon alone – he is all at once incredible, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking, both as a creative and an artist – I resisted the urge, instead hoping to take Muse by Clio readers on a visual tour through the creases of my mind. From Jeff Jank to H.R. Giger to Peter Corriston, you can glimpse the illustrations, sketches, collages and artwork which have brought me as much creative joy as they have inspiration, through the years.
Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters (1973) Cover by Victor Moscoso
Why I love this album has nothing to do with the music. The vibrant, vibrating colors set you in a blues and jazzy mood... while the montage of individuals in the foreground and background and the track watermelon man guide you on an intrinsically mellow musical journey. As I recall, my first intro to Herbie Hancock came during the release of a Spoke Jonze skate film "Mouse". A combination of Guy Mariano's "couldn't care less" era paired with such an unusual track/earworm was something that came to define the way I think about editing and finding pairings that at first glance don't pair well and would seem like a toxic mix, only to end up as something potentially timeless and era-defining.