Ben Harper Both Sides Of The Gun Poster Insert

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Both Sides of the Gun

Win­ston Smith designed a poster insert for Ben Harper Both Sides Of The Gun, released by Virgin. This album became Harper’s first US top 10 hit on the Bill­board Hot 200 album charts, enter­ing and peak­ing at #7 on it’s release. To date it is his high­est album entry in that chart.

 

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Duckmandu — Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists Album Cover

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Duckmandu - Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists album cover by Winston Smith, 2005

Win­ston Smith designed the album cover to Fresh Duck For Rot­ting Accor­dion­ists by Duck­mandu.

The Press Release:

Fresh Duck for Rot­ting Accor­dion­ists is a solo accor­dion (with vocals) ver­sion of the first Dead Kennedys Album Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles. Also on the CD are six addi­tional punk tunes by the Min­ute­men, D.R.I., Black Flag, Aaron See­man, DEVO, and one extra by Dead Kennedys.

Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles by Dead Kennedys is truly one of the great albums in any genre. The level of musi­cian­ship is extra­or­di­nary. And although it is a “punk” album, it shows influ­ence from surf, doo-wop, atonal music, and fla­menco. How­ever, the style of Dead Kennedys on this album has to be seen as a genre all its own.

In a sense this project was a sci­ence exper­i­ment which posed the ques­tion, “Would it be pos­si­ble to play this very dif­fi­cult music, note for note, on the accor­dion?” There were cer­tainly moments when suc­cess seemed unlikely.

Fresh Fruit” was released in 1980, so 2005 is the twenty-five year anniver­sary of this remark­able work, a great time for “Fresh Duck” to be released.

 

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