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Retro Single Sleeves - Interpol, The Libertines & Lady Gaga Go Back To The 60s

By Matthew Horton

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Posted on 04 Feb 13

 
 

There’s not much call for lavish single art these days, not when – at best – it just needs to look punchy on an iPod screen. An image of, say, 120x120 pixels just wants some bold colour and a vast font and Bob’s yer uncle.

But everything was better back in the day, right? That’s why Robert Penney has taken some iconic singles from the last decade or so and given them a retro facelift so they can happily rub shoulders with some classic 'sides' by Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Shadows and any other practitioners of clean, stylised imagery from the 1960s. Savour the amazing results as Interpol, The Libertines and Lady Gaga step into the 45s time machine.



Interpol, 'Obstacle 1'











The Libertines, 'What A Waster'











Thom Yorke, 'The Eraser'






Lady Gaga, 'Poker Face'











Which other single covers would you like to see rendered in retro style? Jake Bugg’s ‘Two Fingers’ done up like Cliff Richard’s ‘Bachelor Boy’? Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’ remodeled as a psychedelic Cream sleeve? Oh. Well, you get the idea.

 
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