10 MORE MOTORISED ALBUM COVERS

Not a sedan in sight as we venture into more exotic internal combustion territory. I’m sure there are album covers out there with traction engines adorning them, but sadly I couldn’t find one. So we’ll have to settle for motorbikes, vans, semi-trailers, agricultural vehicles, a bus or two and, er, a tank.
Happy motoring!

Mutton Birds - Rain Steam

Buffalo - Average Rock

Novi Quartet

Fu Manchu

Randy Pie - Highway driver

Aerosmith - Pump

The Who - Magic Bus

van dyke parks - DISCOVERAMERICA

Def Leppard - Night

Walsh, Joe - There goes

*

THE ALBUMS

Mutton Birds – Rain, Steam & Speed [Virgin 1999]

Buffalo – Average Rock ‘n’ Roller [Vertigo 1977]

Novi Quartet – Novi In Wonderland [Saba 1968]

Fu Manchu – King Of The Road [Mammoth 1999]

 Randy Pie – Highway Driver [Polydor 1974]

Aerosmith – Pump [Geffen 1989]

The Who – Magic Bus [Decca 1968]

Van Dyke Parks – Discover America [Warner Bros 1972]

Def Leppard – On Through The Night [Vertigo 1980]

Joe Walsh – There Goes The Neighbourhood [Asylum 1981]

*

FEATURE IMAGE

Wil Glahé – Akkordeon Pops 1 [Ace of Clubs / Decca 1972]]

Model: Jean Shrimpton

*

CREDITS

Fu Manchu – boppinsblog and 1537

Joe Walsh – movingtheriver (for suggesting a tank)

Wil Glahé – JDB (for requesting Jean Shrimpton a Vespa)

What motorised road-capable transport did we not cover?

*

NEXT

Inside the car (from a suggestion by Victim of the Fury)

Probably the last one. For now.

*

32 comments

  1. I only own three of these!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Three is impressive, Mr L. As this post was curated (following the first joint car post with 1537), I can reveal that I have three also. When this silly automotive obsession is over (next week), it’ll be back to the Vinyl Connection collection.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Wait — what’s silly about an automotive obsession? Sammy Hagar would have words with you….

        Liked by 1 person

        1. You are correct. Silly of me. How could over a thousand record covers be wrong?!

          Liked by 1 person

        2. Record covers never lie! At least, I hope not. I base my life decisions on them!

          Liked by 1 person

        3. Meant to check, Mike. Your three would be: Def L, Aerosmith and Fu Manchu?
          If ‘Yes’, check out the early Buffalo albums – Aussie heavy rock.

          Liked by 1 person

        4. You know me, man! There were others here I wanted to check out. Buffalo looks cool!

          Liked by 1 person

  2. Love that Mutton Birds cover! Fantastic pic.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. One of my faves too. The band are terrific. New Zealand alt-pop with melodic strength. Kind of an off-road Crowded House.

      Like

  3. Excellent stuff, though Novi Quartet and Randy Pie qualify as exceptional.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Isn’t that Novi Quartet cover a beaut! So glad you enjoyed it. I imagine the art team discussing the idea…
      “So we get a tractor, yes?”
      “A small one, that we can push.”
      “Of course. Who shall drive?” …etc.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It is. Someone in their camp got their stripes when they suggested that arrangement.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. The seemingly flying tractor trailer/electric guitar is a standout!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ‘Tis indeed. Sort of a heavy transport cousin to ZZ Top’s Afterburner maybe?

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Another fine collection, Bruce. I’m pleased to report that I own four of these albums, but I hadn’t heard of or seen most of the others. Honorable mention to Prefab Sprout’s “Two Wheels Good”?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nice one. Suggesting a more diligent curator could have compiled 10 motorbike covers. Should I sack meself?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nope, I love this post as is. The diversity of wheeled transportation is what makes it so cool.

        Like

    2. Let me take a punt, Rich.
      Aerosmith, Def L, Van Dyke Parks and Joe Walsh?

      Like

      1. Close. Swap out VDP for The Who and you’ve got the four albums I own from this post.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Nice ! Always loved that Joe Walsh and while I previously thought the Def Leppard cover a little corny, looking at it here, I’m seeing its glory. Looking forward to the next one too. Besides the earlier one I suggested, I’m thinking maybe one with extra stretchy bubble gum maybe?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sadly (?) the bubblebum one (by Hipgnosis, no less) is mired in politically correct bureaucracy and so there’ll be no sting in the tale this time. Sorry.

      Like

  7. Oh the joys of the alluring Randy Pie cover are endless. I really wanted to see Steve McQueen by Prefab Sprout here. Another great celebration of internal combustion thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That seedy Randy Pie cover got a couple of votes! Yes, Steve McQueen (the album not the person – though his Bullit car could have somehow inveigled its way into an earlier post in the series maybe) it absolutely appropriate. I keep wondering about a motorbike series…

      Liked by 1 person

  8. As I am looking at these, RAAF Hornets are howling in the skies above as trainees from Williamstown base in NSW learn how to fly.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve had enough of thundering aeroplanes for a couple of weeks, thanks. Well, being inside them anyway.

      Like

  9. Another Johnny Guitar Watson cover to add from me please, the motorised-cart classic ‘A Real Mother For Ya’.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Now that is a wonderful cover. View here.
      But is it motorised? Looks suspiciously like a bicycle vehicle to me! But as you get so many bonus points for the suggestion, that quibble is immaterial.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. I haven’t checked but surely the wurzles must have had a traction engine on an album cover?
    Anyway how about the tank featured on the Gorillaz LP?

    Like

    1. Another tank cover was suggested as well. The military equipment sub-theme could probably work, it seems.
      Thanks for dropping by.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. […] the many forms of vehicular transport musicians have chosen to display on their album sleeves. 10 MORE MOTORISED ALBUM COVERS received a green […]

    Like

  12. […] Next week, a selection of other motorised transportation devices. […]

    Like

  13. […] The wonderful cover photo is credited as “Airborne biker, 1940” by Hulton Getty and appeared in the post 10 MORE MOTORISED ALBUM COVERS. […]

    Like

Comments and responses welcome for all posts: present or past. Go on, join in!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: