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Most Iconic Album Cover


Music fans have voted Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures as the most iconic album cover of all time.

The black and white pulses design by artist Peter Saville topped a poll of British bands that included the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

The cover of Joy Division’s debut album, released on the late Tony Wilson’s Manchester-based Factory label in 1979, represents 100 pulses from a collapsing star.

The image was found in the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy by the band’s guitarist Bernard Sumner.

Bass player Peter Hook told the Daily Mirror: “We weren’t interested in being on the cover – we wanted to do things in a different way.”

Unknown Pleasures took the top spot over fellow Manchester band The Stone Roses for their 1989 eponymous debut.

The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from 1967 came in third.

Others in the top 10 include The Smiths Meat Is Murder and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.

Aside from Unknown Pleasures, Saville also designed album and single covers for a host of Factory label artists, including James and New Order.

Joy Division disbanded in 1980 after singer Ian Curtis’s suicide but have been credited as one of the most influential UK groups of the past 30 years.

The poll was conducted by budget music retail site MusicMagpie.co.uk.

The firm’s boss Steve Oliver said: “It’s so much more stylish for people to show off their cool CDs rather than as digital downloads.”

Top 10 Most Iconic Covers:
1. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
2. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
3. The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. The Smiths – Meat is Murder
5. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
6. The Beatles – Abbey Road
7. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
8. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
9. Paul Weller – Stanley Road
10. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the B*****ks


March 21, 2008 - Posted by | Music | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Do people realise that the original album sleeve was textured? The cd sleeve doesn’t reflect that.

    Comment by gravemaurice | March 21, 2008 | Reply

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