Making Stuff with Ozzie Wrong...
MAKING STUFF WITH
How to Make a Blister Album Cover
THIS MONTH: A BLISTER ALBUM COVER
For some people (like Vaughan, editor of this mag), the 90s were about Melrose Place on Tuesday night, Oasis versus Blur and quoting Jules Winifield’s hitman speech from Pulp Fiction word for word whenever he got blasted at parties. For the rest of us the last decade of the 20th Century was more about lip piercings, shitty hair dye and surfing in boardies that went way below the knee. Musically, it was a magic time for fully distorted, heavy riffing white noise angst like Sonic Youth, Tax, Dinosaur Jr, Mudhoney, Nirvana and, to much much lesser degree, Ben Lee – all sounds that are making a bit of comeback today (with the exception of Ben Lee of course). So what better time to make a classic 1990’s album cover? The 90s you say? Well, good for you smarty pants. PS: For all you kids born after the invention of the internet, an album cover is the artwork that appears as a thumbnail on your itunes library whenever you put a song on. Step 1. To make a 90s album cover, first you’ll need a 90s band. Fortunately I have one living in my back shed. They’re called Blister. They’re a one man outfit starring Noa Deane on lead, bass and rhythm guitar, drums and vocal. Blister sits out in the back shed all day trying to figure out ways to get his songs fuzzier and heaps more angsty. He’s come up with six self-loathing classics that you can listen to at blister69.bandcamp.com Step 2. The most important thing to remember about the 90s is that trying or making an effort was totally unacceptable. This extended to things like getting dressed, personal hygene and making stuff. Therefore the secret to creating a great 90s album cover is using what’s lying around, chucking it in a pile if you can be bothered, taking a photo of it or whatever, and then drawing on that photo if you can be fucked. As if. Step 3. For Blister’s album cover we used a nude Barbie Doll that was in Noa’s room for some reason. Noa chucked it on a rug, I added a piece of paper with Blister scribbled on it, we took a photo and the whole deal was done faster than you could say “Who cares?” If it was the 90s, we’d be probably be looking at an ARIA nomination for Best Cover Design up against the likes of silverchair, The Whitlams, Spiderbait and Powderfinger. Oh man… Over that. Step 4. The final step in designing your album cover is celebrating having achieved something while doing pretty much nothing. Noz and I did this by surfing out front and then building a VB feature wall inside his room with all the empties from our celebration carton. In reality the wall took a lot more effort to make and probably looked better than the album cover, but the last thing you wanted in the 90s was people thinking you tried.