March 23, 2006

108: Love Is Strong

The cover was inspired by the sexiest photo ever taken of actress Scarlett Johansson, from the cover of Interview magazine. The combination of a beautiful actress, and a horizontally striped sweater is irresistible. I was not satisfied with just admiring her beauty from afar; I wanted to incorporate her beauty into my cover design, even if she has ZERO to do with the contents of the CD.
I used the photo as a jumping-off point for the cover concept- I would mock up my own magazine cover, with headlines which include the titles of the songs. At the same time, I was beginning to experiment with attaching the text to non-straight paths, and what better template than the horizontal stripes of Ms. Johansson's sweater?
  1. "Fascination Street" > THE CURE
  2. "Cold Turkey" > JOHN LENNON (A great dance remix by IDC)
  3. "Love Is Strong" > The ROLLING STONES
  4. "She's Gone" > ERIC CLAPTON
  5. "Hypnotized" > FLEETWOOD MAC
  6. "Don't Fear The Reaper" > WILCO (a low fidelity live recording)
  7. "I'm On Fire" (live at Giants Stadium 8-19-85) > BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  8. "Begin the Begin" (live 11-19-92) > R.E.M.
  9. "Use Me" > BILL WITHERS
  10. "Me Myself I" > DE LA SOUL
  11. "40 Days, 40 Fights" > BADLY DRAWN BOY
  12. "I Want Love" > ELTON JOHN (I picked this track off my wife's 2CD Greatest Hits collection, for two reasons: a) it was produced by Jeff Lynne (ELO, Traveling Wilburys), and b) Ringo Starr plays drums.
  13. "What Would It Take" > from JEFF LYNNE's little-known solo album Armchair Theater.
  14. "You Can't Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want)" > JOE JACKSON
  15. "Stuck in the Middle vs. Nasty Girl" > (A silly mashup of Stealer's Wheel and Vanity 6.)
  16. "Big Time" > PETER GABRIEL
  17. "Lazy Sunday" > CHRIS PARNELL & ANDY SAMBERG
  18. "Cantaloupe Island" > YESKA (sampled by US3 for their song "Cantaloop", aka "dip trip, flip fantasia...")