You may have noticed that we’re big fans of David Bowie here at Flavorpill, and as such we were excited (and just a bit jealous) to read about a new exhibition of the artwork from the singles he released between 1972 and 1984. In total, Bowie released 45 45s during this time, almost all of them good — and their artwork chronicles their creator’s aesthetic evolution, from Ziggy Stardust through the Thin White Duke and the cracked Pierrot of “Ashes to Ashes.” The exhibition is co-curated by the Vinyl Factory and designer/punk historian Toby Mott, and we asked Mott to choose his favorite sleeves and share some recollections of the times they evoke. Click through to check out his picks.
Photography by Mick Rock, RCA Germany, 1974
“Dancing at the school disco and stamping our feet to ‘Rebel Rebel’ brings back memories of flares and Dunlop green flash plimsoles. At home I listen to records as I study my homework, or at least try or pretend to. Between writing and daydreaming I consume music like it’s food.”