Blur – Think Tank

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Blur is an English rock band that achieved great success in the 1990s. Think Tank, released on the Parlophone label in 2oo3, reached number 1 on the UK charts, and was the band’s highest ranking album in the United States, reaching number 56. This record was re-released in 2012. The easiest way to tell the difference between the original and the reissue is the numbers listed on the blur sticker and the bar code on the back. Here are the images from the original:

And the reissue:

 

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Blak Twang – Kik Off

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Blak Twang – Kik Off is a double LP from 2002. It was released on the Wall of Sound label’s Bad Magic imprint. This record also spawned three 12″ singles and an EP, which will be illustrated in the following posts.

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I know this is not the best photo (and I wish I had photographed my Mint copy), but you can see the photo credit for Steve Lazarides, and the explicit art direction credit for Banksy. From Steve Lazarides’ own website Lazinc.com,

“Lazarides founder Steve Lazarides worked with Banksy whilst he was employed as the picture director of the magazine Sleaze Nation. Steve exhibited the street artist’s work for a number of years and generated an unprecedented interest in Banksy and ‘street art’ that others have since capitalized on, thus giving birth to the current movement. Steve became Banksy’s de facto agent, a working relationship that ended in early 2009. ”

On Banksy’s own website, he disavows Lazarides, stating, “Banksy is NOT on Facebook, Twitter or represented by Steve Lazarides or any other commercial gallery.”