Yet another Barney Bubbles design emerges
We’ll be getting round to sorting the listings out soon with much more fabulous artwork, but the recent contact with Kosmo Vinyl has spurred on the addition today of Bubbles’ sleeve for The Damned’s free single Stretcher Case Baby/Sick Of Being Sick, issued in the summer of 1977 to celebrate the first anniversary of the band’s debut gig.
Stiff pressed up a run of 5,000 copies to coincide with the gigs The Damned were booked to play at The Marquee from July 3-6 1977.
Members of the band’s fan club, Damned Disciples, were also sent copies and 250 were given away via the NME.
“I watched Barney put the design together,” says Vinyl of the sleeve, which – complete with custom label – amped up The Damned’s Gothic tendencies by using Charles Allen Gilbert‘s fin-de-siecle illustration All Is Vanity: the image of a woman looking at herself in a mirror forms the outline of a death’s head.
On the front and label is the band logo Bubbles had recently created. This also appeared on his large Damned poster featuring lead singer Dave Vanian in full Nosferatu mode.
Bubbles also designed another poster for the residency.
“The Marquee gigs were canceled after a row over the positioning of a row of the ‘Dave Vanian’ posters – one of my favourite Barney designs – across the back wall, covering up the Marquee logo,” says Vinyl.
“Jake (Riviera, The Damned’s manager and Stiff co-founder) pulled the shows, though I can’t remember if the first one went ahead anyway. If it did it would have been because the house was already full.”
Gilbert’s illustration was also used for the front cover of Def Leppard’s 1993 album Retro Active, while Bubbles’ version with the Damned logo is available on t-shirts.
Top photo from King Bee.