Bikes vs. Motors

Not wanting to make too much of it, but still I can´t help thinking sometimes that bikes and motorized transport have unequally distributed values assigned to them by the makers of record covers.

I´ve already had some bike covers on this blog. Most of them showed cheap or shoddy bicycles, while cars or motorbikes seem to receive a completely different treatment.

Here´s some more examples:

Herman van Veen, who actually is Dutch, and who really should know better than to depict a completely impossible bike. Just look at the steering head.

Ok, Ray Coniff is American – so I guess he must be forgiven for endangering a child. And for running a tandem without a front brake.

Angelo Branduardi, Italian, chose the cheapest bike components around in 1980, or, in fact, ever.

The get fit parade on this record has had an illustrator who definitively didn´t get fit on a bike. Even track bikes have the chain on the other side.

And now look at the motorbikes:

Here´s some Australians who knew what a good motorbike is.

Another great British bike chosen here – is it a Triumph?

And the cars, likewise in the focus of attention:

Skandinavians (Norwegians), so I guess a pun or two about Volvos is in order. The second pic is from inside the gatefold cover. Actually, these people make good prog music.

More Volvo, a Seine Maritime registered Amazon in this case. Little Bob Story hail from the area, Le Havre, so it all works out.

Slint seem to be great Saab fans. Again the car is in the focus, well pictured, and the label also is great.

Please, can´t anyone produce a good cover design on bicycles? Or maybe there is one I´m unaware of?

 

Later: Yes, there is. A reader vastly more knowledgable than me in all things rock music has written in to say that Guns N Roses´ Chinese Democracy has a bike on its cover which actually looks like one. Trust Guns N Roses to get it right, and thanks, Nikki!

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