THANKS to all those who responded to last week’s list of my top 10 favourite album covers — all of them from a generation ago — and for suggesting others that hold a place in the memory for a variety of reasons. Interestingly, many of them came from that same era of the 1960s and 70s, although they were spread across many genres, from jazz to folk and everything between. One wouldn’t want to give the impression that the album cover as an artistic entity didn’t make it into the 21st century, so to that end this week I’m presenting my favourite Australian album covers of the past 13 years. It took a lot of whittling down without using criteria such as ‘‘best use of an ampersand in the title’’ or ‘‘best male solo artist looking as if he just lost his car keys’’ (a large enough category in itself), but here is what I arrived at. Feel free to let me know what your own favourite is from this period and why you chose it. 1. 360 (2012) 2. Silverchair (2002) 3. CW Stoneking (2008) 4. The Jezabels (2012) 5. —Powderfinger (2001) 6. Sarah Blasko (2012) 7. The Presets (2008) 8. Basement Birds (2010) 9. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson (2008) 10. The Drones 2006) WHILE we’re on the topic of lists, SD was pleased, nay delighted, to receive in the mail this week an intriguing little tome called
an American publication by metalheads Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins. The pictorial potted history of silly heavy metalness includes predicable items such as the top 20 heavy metal bass players (No 1 Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath) and the 25 (there must be more of them) best drummers (Dave Lombardo from Slayer). My particular favourites, however, feature a feast of heavier than heavy talent. Not surprisingly, the winner of the top 10 metal bands with the word ‘‘death’’ in their name went to . . . Death. Best of all is the category of best 15 metal album covers featuring goats. Yes, goats. I would have gone for Belphegor’s
in the top spot myself, but that only made it to No 13. The authors went for Bathory’s self-titled album. Well done to them for their golden goat.