With the printing plant refusing to print the sleeve because of the back cover animal orgy you had to cover the offending article with fig leafs. How did you feel about this, compromising your work? This stood in the way of getting the actual record into the shops, were you under pressure to do something last minute?
Lo Cole: “It was my suggestion to cover the offending details with fig-leaves which were drawn onto an over-lay with an instruction to print in green. I was sorry to obliterate from view such delicately drawn connecting genitalia, but not surprised. And I rather liked the idea of being able to introduce an element of green which clashed against the predominantly overall red feel of the picture. I don’t know what happened to this – probably got junked in the repro.”
Do you know what the bands’ reaction to it was?
Lo Cole: “I have no idea what the band members thought of my artwork as they didn’t seem to have that much involvement in the design of the project. This was all in the hands of XL design and ZTT records from what I could tell. Years later I made contact with Holly who expressed an interest in purchasing the artwork – so he can’t have been that displeased with it!”
artist: Frankie Goes To Hollywood title: Welcome To The Pleasuredome format: Promo flyposter design: XLZTT Illustration: Lo Cole cat. no: ZTT IQ 1 date: 11.84 art of notes: