In honour of Jamie Reynolds’ cat Orphee, who graces the front cover of the new Klaxons album (as revealed on NME.COM recently) we’re looking at the best use of cats on album covers and band artwork. Reynolds insists the Norwegian Blue is a big fan of their music.
Famous cat-botherers We Are Scientists hold up three moggies for the cover of their 2006 effort ‘With Love And Squalor’. The title of their debut album comes from a JD Salinger short story.
The cat on the front of Wavves’ latest album, ‘King Of The Beach’, is a bit more rock and roll. He/she is smoking a joint and sporting a wild haircut. Wavves singer Nathan Williams goes out with Bethany Cosentino, another famous cat lover.
Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino loves cats so much she put one on the front of the band’s debut LP, ‘Crazy For You’. It’s actually her cat Snacks, and she talks to it during the course of the album. She’s also admitted spending a lot of time smoking weed and looking at cats on the beach.
Another pussy can be spotted on the cover of The Cure’s ‘Lovecats’, which was apparently based on the novel ‘The Vivisector’ by Patrick White about the drowning of stray cats.
Smog’s seventh album ‘Knock Knock’ features a scary looking cat that may or may not refer to Cat Power, who was dating Bill Callahan shortly before making the album.
Ratatat’s second album ‘Classics’ features the roaring face of an intimidating wildcat, and indeed the fourth track is called ‘Wildcat’ and features an intimidating roar.
Another lionesque face adorns Against Me!’s fourth album ‘New Wave’.
The cover of MGMT’s second album ‘Congratulations’ features a surfing cat drawn in the Lowbrow style by Anthony Ausgang, who they met through mutal friend Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3.
The fighting animals on Interpol’s third album ‘Our Love To Admire’ make the cover art significantly more dramatic than their other three LPs, which were much more minimalist in their approach.
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II is a 2000 album of previously unheard lyrics written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie, put to music and performed by British singer Billy Bragg and Wilco. The cat’s identity is unknown.
Before they started sticking cows’ arses and nurses set to deliver enemas on the cover, Blink 182 kept it feline for their 1994 debut ‘Cheshire Cat’. They were only called Blink during the making of this record, and added the ‘182’ after a legal challenge from an Irish band.