This comprises the punk and new wave picture sleeve singles collected by W+K’s Neil Christie way back in 1977 when he was a disaffected 15-year-old.
Naturally Barney Bubbles is represented, by one of his signature pieces – the cover of Generation X’s debut Your Generation.
And Neil makes a passionate case for the impact of the music and these designs at the time: “These singles were totems, talismans and badges of allegiance. Not widely available, hunted, hoarded, swapped, carried to school, played again and again and again. The graphics on the covers were themselves codes to live by, which we wore on our sleeves and pinned to our blazers.”
Check out Neil’s collection at W+K’s excellently entitled blog Welcome To Optimism.