Here is the extraordinary run of single sleeves conceived and designed by Barney Bubbles, from a private Christmas recording circulated to family and friends in the mid 60s to Top Ten hits and obscure and highly collectable releases from the 70s and 80s.

Where both sides are displayed, the front cover is on the right.

Date of highest UK chart positions in pink, label details in brackets.

Click on the image to download music (where available).


Merry Xmas [Calibre Auto Recording]
Colin Fulcher private recording


The Pie/Long Long Day Island [WIP6120]
The Sutherland Brothers


Silver Machine/Seven By Seven [UA UP 35381]
Number 3 August 19


Neat Neat Neat/Stab Yor Back/Singalonga Scabies [Stiff BUY 10]
The Damned

Less Than Zero/Radio Sweetheart [Stiff BUY 11]
Elvis Costello

Bowi EP [Stiff LAST1]
Nick Lowe

England’s Glory/Dream Tobacco [Stiff BUY12]
Max Wall

One Chord Wonders/Quickstep [Stiff BUY 13]
The Adverts


I Wanna Be Me/Automobile [Chiswick NS14]
The Rings

Alison/Welcome To The Working Week [Stiff BUY14]
Elvis Costello

No One/Incendiary Device [Chiswick NS15]
Johnny Moped

Stretcher Case Baby/Sick Of Being Sick [Stiff DAMMED 1]
The Damned

(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World/Semaphore Signals [Stiff BUY16]
Wreckless Eric

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll/Razzle In My Pocket [Stiff BUY17]
Ian Dury

Your Generation/Day By Day [Chrysalis CHS2165]
Generation X
Number 36, September 17

Problem Child/You Take My Money [Stiff BUY18]
The Damned

Screwed Up EP [Stiff LAST4]
Mick Farren

Watching the Detectives/Blame It On Cain/Mystery Dance [Stiff BUY 20]
Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Number 15, November 5

Halfway To Paradise/I Don’t Want The Night To End [Stiff BUY 21]
Nick Lowe

Halfway To Paradise/I Don’t Want The Night To End [Stiff BUY 21/6.12194AC]
Nick Lowe

(German issue)

Police Car/On Parole [Stiff BUY 22]
Larry Wallis


I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass/They Called It Rock [Radar ADA 1]
Nick Lowe
Number 7, March 11

(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea/You Belong To Me [Radar ADA3]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 16, March 11

Stranger In the House/Neat Neat Neat (inc with This Year’s Model) [Radar SAM83]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Kill City/I Got Nothin'[Radar ADA4]
Iggy Pop & James Williamson

I Can Detect You (For 1000000 Miles)/I Am A Machine [Radar ADA7]
Andy Arthurs

What A Waste/Wake Up! [Stiff BUY 27]
Ian Dury And The Blockheads
No 9, April 29

Whoops A Daisy/Davy Crockett [Stiff BUY29]
Humphrey Ocean

(I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp/Fat Man’s Son [Radar ADA8]
The Soft Boys

Darling Let’s Have Another Baby/It Really Digs/Something Else [Chiswick NS27]
Johnny Moped

Kizza Me /Dream Lover [Aura AUS103]
Alex Chilton

Little Hitler/Cruel To Be Kind [Radar ADA12]
Nick Lowe

Im Sorry, I’m Sorry/Delay [Radar ADA19]
Tanz Der Youth

Little Queenie/Hard Lovin’ Man (live) [Chiswick NS41]
Johnny Moped

Talking In The Dark/Wednesday Week (free/promo) [Radarscope RG1]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick /There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards [Stiff BUY38]
Ian Dury And The Blockheads

Number 1, December 9


Live At Hollywood High EP (inc with Armed Forces)[Radar SAM90]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

King Rocker/Gimme Some Truth [Chrysalis CHSA 2261]
Generation X
Number 11, January 20

Accidents Will Happen /Talking In The Dark [Radar ADA35]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 28, May 12

Inbetweenies/Dance Of The Screamers [Stiff/Barclay BA174]
Ian Dury & The Blockheads
(French issue 12″)

Cracking Up /Basing Street [Radar ADA34]
Nick Lowe
Number 34, June 9

Frozen Years/All Fall Down [Stiff BUY43]
The Rumour

Take Me To Your Leader/Quick Quick Slow [Epic EPC7367]
The Sinceros

Barney Bubbles design for sleeve of Rock n Roll legend in 4/4 Time by Johnny Scott

Rock ‘N Roll Legend In 4/4 Time/Don’t Bite The Bullet [Aura AUS104]
Johnny B Scott

Emotional Traffic/Hard Enough To Show [Stiff BUY45]
The Rumour

California Sun/Shakin’ It Down [Aura AUS105]
KK Black


I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down/Girl’s Talk [F-Beat XX1]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 4, February 16

Splash (A Tear Goes Rolling Down) /Hullo [FBeat XX2]
Clive Langer & The Boxes

High Fidelity/Getting Mighty Crowded [FBeat XX3]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 30, April 12

High Fidelity/Getting Mighty Crowded/Clowntime Is Over [FBeat XX3T]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

It’s All Over Now/Lovely Evening [FBeat XX4]
Clive Langer & The Boxes

New Amsterdam /Dr Luther’s Assistant [FBeat XX5]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 36, June 7

New Amsterdam EP [FBeat XX5E]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Barney Bubbles design for New Amsterdam picture disc single

New Amsterdam EP picture disc [FBeat XX5P]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Single Girl/Slow Patience [FBeat XX7]
The Attractions

No Mo Do Yakamo/Best In The World [UA BP336]
Dr Feelgood

Outline Of A Hairdo EP (inc in Mad About The Wrong Boy) [FBeat COMB1]
The Attractions

Clubland /Clean Money/Hoover Factory [FBeat XX12]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 60, Dec 20


From A Whisper To A Scream/Luxembourg [FBeat XX14]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Stop Wasting Your Time/Sister Slow [Polydor POSPX277]
Ingrid Mansfield Allman

Spasticus Autisticus/The Seven Seas Players [Polydor PDSX2173]
Ian Dury

Is That Love/Trust [A&M 8129]
Number 8, May 16

109/3,000,000 Synths [A&M AMSX8173]
Chaz Jankel

Me & The Boys/Betty Lou [WEA K18850]
The Inmates

What A Waste /Wake Up And Make Love To Me [Stiff BUY135]
Ian Dury

Good Year For The Roses/Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven [FBeat XX17]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 6, October 3

Good Year For The Roses/Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven [FBeat XX17]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
(F-Beat record sleeve variation)

Good Year For The Roses/Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven [FBeat XX17]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

(F-Beat record sleeve variation)

Sweet Dreams /Psycho [FBeat XX19]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 6, December 12


Burning /Zulu Kiss [FBeat XX20]
Nick Lowe

My Heart Hurts/Pet You And Hold You/ Crackin’ Up (live)/What’s So Funny About Peace, Love & Understanding?(live) [FBeat XX23F]

Double gatefold 7″

Nick Lowe/Noise To Go

Say You Will/Feather In My Hand [FBeat XX24]
Blanket Of Secrecy

You Little Fool/Big Sister/The Stamping Ground [FBeat XX26]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 52, June 19

Man Out Of Time/Town Cryer (alternate version) [FBeat XX28]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 58, July 31

Love My Way/Aeroplane [CBS A132549]
The Psychedelic Furs
Number 42, July 31

4D Man/What’s Hoppin [Metabeat WERTH1]
Howard Werth

Danger/I Don’t Want To Be Your Shadow/Goodbye (Dance Mix) [CBS A132865]
The Psychedelic Furs

From Head To Toe/The World Of Broken Hearts [FBeat XX30]
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Number 43, September 25


Heartbeat/Radio Play That Song Again [Instant RCA ZB69102]
Phillip Goodhand-Tait

Radio Romance/Girlfriend Kinda Guy [Line LS1108]
Kursaal Flyers

MangoCrazy/Shot In The Dark [Instant RCA ZC69043]
Roger Chapman

Sea Of Heartbreak/You Made A Fool Out Of Me [Instant RCA 28528]
The Riffburglars

Barney Bubbles design for sleeve of Amazulu's single Cairo.

Cairo/Greenham Time [Towerbell TOW35]

You Really Got To Me/I Wanna Know [Virgin 600995]
Mercy Ray


Barney Bubbles design for Rat Scabies' label Paradiddle.

Let There Be Rats/Wiped Out/Drums Drums Drums [Paradiddle HIT1]
Rat Scabies