Lit­tLe Feat’s Big Feat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - INDULGE -

At first glance, on the cover of Low­ell Ge­orge’s only solo al­bum, Thanks I’ll Eat It Here, you see a por­trait of Ge­orge, lead singer, gui­tarist and front­man of Lit­tle Feat, clad in what ap­pears to be a bathrobe pos­ing against the back­drop of a gar­den. Clean-shaven and be­atific, he stares out at you from the 1979 al­bum’s cover – a cre­ation of the artist Neon Park (aka Martin Muller). But look closely at what’s hap­pen­ing be­hind Ge­orge and you’ll see a sur­real com­bi­na­tion of a trio – Mar­lene Di­et­rich, Bob Dy­lan and Fidel Cas­tro – sprawled on the grass. Dy­lan has one arm around Di­et­rich’s waist and Cas­tro, in full olive re­galia and cigar, seems to be say­ing some­thing with his fin­ger pointed at them. Look more closely and you’ll spot a pic­nic bas­ket with vict­uals spilling out. Peer a bit more and you’ll see a copy of Howl and Other Po­ems, Beat poet Allen Gins­berg’s iconic book, open as if some­one had laid it down while read­ing it.

I no­ticed the trippy cover (Park was in­spired by an Édouard Manet paint­ing) only after I found a copy in a used-record shop on Mas­sachusetts Av­enue on a re­cent work-re­lated visit to Bos­ton. Need­less to say, I grabbed it (as I did a few more rar­i­ties!). Lit­tle Feat fans will know that Park has done the art work for nearly all of the band’s al­bums and his style – bold, colour­ful pop art that is laden with a sense of hu­mour – is dis­tinc­tive. Re­mem­ber Frank Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh? That was also Park. Sadly, Ge­orge died barely ten days after Thanks I’ll Eat It Here came out. He was only 34. As early ad­her­ents of Lit­tle Feat, a Los An­ge­les band whose sound

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