MASK

Yesterday afternoon the Premier of Victoria announced that from this Wednesday at midnight, anyone leaving home for one of the four prescribed reasons (food, medicine, work/education, solo exercise) must wear a mask. All over social media, instructions sprang up on how to make your own protective face covering while shop assistants hid under their counters to avoid getting trampled in the rush. (One thing we’ve learned during COVID-19 is that Australians are world-class panic buyers)

Ms Connection, being a highly organised manager type, had disposable masks in stock already (as a result of her concern for staff, I hasten to add) so I was at liberty to browse the internet in search of inspiration. It didn’t take long.

Aladdin Sane has been doing the rounds, as has one of a masked-up In The Court Of The Crimson King (amongst others) and I got to thinking… instead of altering an existing cover, what rock albums display some kind of face covering?

The iconic Comedy/Tragedy masks originated in ancient Greece.

The iconic Captain Beefheart mask originated in the fevered mind of Don van Vliet. 

Plus two from the Crüe. Who’d a thunk it?

The Brand X and the Vangelis covers are my favourites here. What are yours? And what have I missed?

Before you answer, one last classic to enjoy. My copy is pretty beaten up, but it’s the UK original twin-eps and I treasure it. Who hasn’t always wanted a walrus mask?

 

53 comments

    1. Email me a 1000×1000 pixel pic and I’ll add it in, Mike. Bass Clarinetists (especially the Lone Ranger kind) need support. 🙂

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      1. Dang I don’t have any 😦

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        1. Well, Mike, we’ll just have to make do…

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  1. Arlee Bird · · Reply

    I think the face masks are not only absurd, but evil.

    Your album cover line-up is brilliant though!

    Arlee Bird

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    1. Welcome. Glad you enjoyed the records, Arlee.
      (I’m not sure how a protective piece of fabric can be evil, though perhaps this isn’t the best forum for that conversation. 🤔 )

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    2. Hello Arlee.
      After considerable thought, I’ve removed the link to your blog from the comments because I don’t encourage cross-advertising (unless I, as the blog writer, do it, or someone asks my permission. I guess it’s like not bringing your own meal to a dinner party without checking with the host.)
      Also, from a brief glance at your blog I suspect we have very different views on what is happening in the US at the present time. This is, of course, perfectly acceptable, but a simple music blog is not the appropriate forum. I do, however, believe that Black Lives Matter is a vital and important force.
      All the best,
      Bruce

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  2. I wasted absolutely no time in having one with “trefology” printed across it, but the mask I would most covet would be one with Principal Blackman on it, for those of you among us familiar with the tv show Strangers with Candy.

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    1. Tref speaks in strange words.
      I look forward to trefology weighing in on this issue.

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      1. Sorry, I have no comment, per se, at least, in regard to your rock and roll music. I merely tried to relate it to something I do know about, namely, myself. And so that is what I did. Besides, I only know two rock and roll songs, one is Greensleeves, and the other is not.

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  3. Brilliant idea for a post. And kudos to your Premier who unlike certain bonehead politicians in this country appears to follow science and common sense instead of politicizing a public health issue.

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    1. Yep. Really feeling for US friends, Christian.
      And glad you enjoyed a little LP lightness!

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  4. ….and don’t forget Steve Miller’s classic The Joker album cover….

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    1. Goodness! How could I have forgotten Steve Miller? Thanks Jadi!
      …And after a quick dash to the music room…

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  5. I don’t mind wearing the mask, it is a slight inconvenience, but I will survive. As far as the mask albums, cool idea for a post. We need some fun nowadays.

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    1. Agreed. And glad you enjoyed it 2loud (if I may be that informal). 🙂

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      1. And yes you may…or John…either work!!

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  6. Beefheart is the standout for me here – though that actual Joy Division mask looks like one I’d happily wear!

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    1. Given your love of Health workers, Geoff, have you considered this one on a mask?

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      1. Given the name of the album…unlikely!

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        1. Actually, I don’t know the artist or the album at all. As a bleeding heart socialist equality-focused anti-patriachy grump machine, have I made a blunder? (Seriously, please tell me. This post is getting out of hand (see above)!)

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          1. The group (pop-punk) was named Blink 182, and the album was a play on the term, ‘Enemy of the State’ but replacing the ‘y’ with another vowel!

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            1. Ah yes. Most States (ie the political elite) could use one of those, couldn’t they? 🤔

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  7. Yay! A themed album cover post!! From my shelves:

    Of course: Robin Trower: Beyond the Mist
    A fun piss take: KISS: Unmasked
    Of our time: Rainbow: Difficult to Cure
    An evil mask (wink): Bloody Hammers: either (self titled) -OR- A Lovely Sort of Death
    And masks of a different sort: The Go-Gos: Beauty and the Beat

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    1. Trower: Of course. Do you have a signed Viking helmet from the 93 tour?
      Kiss: It was on my list (ha ha, a Hall and Oats joke) but, meh.
      Rainbow: Fabulous get. See below.
      Bloody Hammers: er… yes.
      Go-Gos: Brilliant. Wish I’d thought of it.

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  8. pinklightsabre · · Reply

    The only one I can think of that vaguely qualifies is that one by the Scorpions with that those forks in the eye sockets. Will keep thinking though…nice to hear from you out here!

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    1. Ouch!
      Is there another (unpleasant) series of album covers featuring pain? I can think of three or four right off the bat… but perhaps not.

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      1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

        Yeah, likely. My brain is toast now…can’t prop it up! This was fun though, thanks for keeping it going…so much to love in album art.

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        1. It’s a fun part of being a record tragic (well for this particular tragic, anyway). 🙂
          Mask II in press.

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          1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

            Ha, that’s good…looking forward to it, with relish. Finding the comedy in the tragedy I s’pose.

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  9. Love this idea! Red Bubble’s selection is marvelous. I could easily find 50 to buy. One favorite spoofs a classic Magritte painting. Instead of ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’: ‘Ceci n’est pas un masque’! As for your entries, I quite like the Vangelis. As for others, since you’re a Pink Floyd fan, how about the cover–of a live recording of The Wall released in 2000–for which Storm Thorgerson turned the band members’ faces into masks? Also, while I’m not a particular fan on the band, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health would qualify as well.

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    1. Well, JDB, between you, Victim of the Fury, and a further browse of the VC collection, we will now definitely have A PART TWO!!
      😷
      Stay tuned, Maskers.

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  10. CB is making his own mask. Outlaw cowboy style. If I do decide to get more adventurous its the Beefheart or the Ray Davies headmaster mask.
    The Kathryn Ladano record is very good Bruce. Give it a spin. I think it will be up your alley.

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  11. Midnight Toker · · Reply

    Here’s a couple more: Blur’s ‘Think Tank’, Eurythmics ‘Touch’

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    1. Midnight Toker · · Reply

      brain’s still tickin’: ‘www.tism.wanker.com’ by TISM and Hunters & Collectors’ first U.S. album (it’s a stretch 😉

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      1. Ha! TISM is good (and still a little confronting, yes?) and Blur is excellent. Might leave it there? 🤣

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  12. How about Return To Forever’s Romantic Warrior?

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    1. Yeah, I thought of this one Phil. I think a second vote is enough to make it a Part II contender! (And what an absolutely fabulous album – possibly my RTF favourite. I imagine we might be in agreement on this one. 🙂 )

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  13. Harrison · · Reply

    Does KISS Unmasked count? Or this that too counter-productive to the post?

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    1. Hi Harrison. Someone else mentioned Unmasked. Reckon a case could be made, though for posts like this I favour less ‘busy’ cluttered covers. I also wondered whether the self-titled album might qualify. Make-up is a kind of mask, isn’t it?

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      1. Harrison · · Reply

        Fair enough. Difficult to Cure is the real no-brainer. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that one either. I hope things don’t get too bad over there for you. I’m in WA and sometimes I forget that not everywhere else has handled it as well as we have

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        1. Thanks. It is certainly tougher this time. And it will spread around the country again, it’s inevitable. Human beings don’t like being told what to do, even when the rules have good intentions. So don’t chuck out your hand sanitiser yet!

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  14. This is a great post, Bruce! I’m not a Motley Crue fan, but the “Theater of Pain” might be my favorite of the ones you’ve got here. I thought about looking for music-related masks, but then thought the better of it — I’m trying not to be notices out there (especially if I sneeze, G-d forbid!). 🙂 – Marty

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    1. Ain’t that the truth, Marty. How to create space around yourself? Sneeze in public!

      Don’t worry, Mask II (The Sneezequel) is on the way!

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  15. Time to Choose Your Masques I think here in the good ole US of A, /Users/Neil/Desktop/choose.jpg

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    1. oh well that didn’t work, its late can’t breath for the mask may be starved for oxygen or some other conspiracy theory, should’ve had Choose Your Masques here but couldn’t figure it out.

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      1. Relax, mate. Good get and I got it covered!

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  16. […] the last post (MASK), the flow of suggestions on the theme of masks (or more generally, face coverings) on album covers […]

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  17. Flicked through my collection to see what I could find. Demon’s Dance by Jackie McLean the only serious contender.

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    1. Yep. Image by Mati Klarwein. Stunning cover.

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  18. Great post Bruce. I really want a Joy Division mask – just to add the required jollity to the pandemic situation.

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    1. Indeed. Yesterday’s nihilistic goth is today’s virus-filter cloth. And you may quote me on that.

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