Sound is Art #1: Echo And The Bunnymen — ‘Heaven Up Here’



The photographer was Brian Griffin (not the dog in Family Guy– at least we don’t think so), and was taken on a beach in south Wales during a break from recording at Rockfield Studios outside Monmouth.  It was voted the NME’S ‘album artwork of the year’ for 1981.

Does the cover represent the music within?

Mostly yes. the Bunnymen’s manager Bryan Drummond said that it matched their “cold, damp sound”, while Record Mirror called the record equally glamorous as it was doom laden.

Anything else?

Mark Radcliffe said on Radio 1 back in 1992, something along the lines of, that one of the benefits of the CD was that its plastic frame kept his inlay card of the album’s artwork protected from smudge and dog ears, compared to, we’re guessing, his completely Jimmy Tarbucked vinyl copy. A view that probably makes slightly less sense in 2017 than it did back then. Bet he’s now sat somewhere bigging up vinyl. I mean, like, who ain’t?

We say:

‘Heaven Up Here’ is less a collection of post punk songs with a Doorsy / Velvets twist, as found on debut album ‘Crocodiles’, and more an atmospheric album of funereal progression and rich splendour, that seems more a reaction to contemporary acts like Siouxsie And The Banshees and Joy Division. If the record isn’t the group’s finest LP, then it’s certainly in the top 2.

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