Monday, February 29, 2016

Album advertising

As a teenager I devoured the weekly music press.

Sounds, Melody Maker and NME used to regularly fight it out for my attention.

Now only the NME is left. And it is a shadow of its late 70s peak.

Ads like these were commonplace. Just enough naughtiness to annoy the straights whilst instantly appealing to us kids.

The Lou Reed ad above has top notch copywriting. Great art direction too.

This New York Dolls ad is very clever.

It uses self promotion AND reverse psychology!

And as for this one for London Calling...

Well I may not have got it as a kid but the old me loves the knowing wink it gives to the viewer by using Elvis.

Search up London Calling + Elvis on Google if you don't know what I'm talking about.