Barney Bubbles, Album artwork for Elvis Costello, Get Happy, 1980
The work of Barney Bubbles displays the intersection of Punk culture and Pop art. Both groups relied on collaged, decontextualized elements that resulted in stunning new graphics. While Punk is defined by its often harsh edginess, Pop on the other hand often suggests a more playful, ironic sensibility. Such is the case in the album cover shown here, where Bubbles’ created a design for Costello that is suggestive of an earlier era of delightful kaleidoscopic graphics. The back of the outer sleeve features a trompe l’oeil effect as the worn ring of the actual album that appears there was manufactured by the designer. These efforts result in an album that obliquely references the roots of Costello’s music in earlier genres.