Apr 17

It's a 1984 reference! Groovy!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Art Direction: This cover has to be at the printers in 15 minutes. Just cut some pop stars out of Melody Maker and paint over the collage. And add a rocket — it’s supposed to be “science fiction”. Next time don’t smoke angel dust before you come to work.

Published 1971

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.11 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Sacred Locomotive Flies”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    There will be a 1985, but Manfred Mann’s Earth Band won’t be together to enjoy it.

  2. fred Says:

    I think the odds of there being a secret Hoover FBI file on Mr Lupoff increased dramatically because of this cover.

  3. L.B. Says:

    “We’re Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Cover. We hope you will enjoy our book! Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Cover. Open up and take a look!”

  4. Ray P Says:

    Enormous turquoise hover-hand behind the groupie. Is this musician a Motie?

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Art direction: “Let’s circle the boob, in case our audience misses it!”

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    At first I thought the title was Sacred Locomotive Files, which doesn’t make much sense. Then I realized it was Sacred Locomotive Flies. That doesn’t make any sense either. But the cover is groovy!

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I checked, and not only was there a 1985, there was a Dick Lupoff for it!

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Was there an injunction preventing the use of the term ‘Soul Train’?

  10. Ray P Says:

    Purple hair and shades drummer resembles Phil Collins. Is this a cover of confusion?

  11. Raoul Says:

    Grand F*cked Railroad

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The magenta aircraft with all those engines and no windshield also has serious perspective issues.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So when he’s not writing trippy sf, Dick spends his time boxing Beagles?

  14. Anna T. Says:

    1985? More like 1965, complete with the subtle effects of LSD and a groovin’ dance party.

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – This is a Beagle Boxer edition. I prefer the Beagle Briefs.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    The official term for a beagle/boxer mix is a “boggle”, and they are adorable:

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JuanPaul—this cover “boggles” my mind, but not so adorably. 😉

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    As part of a promotion for the first edition, they soaked the cover in acid. Just lick before reading.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’ve met Mr. Lupoff on several occasions (post 1985), and a worse mismatch of author to cover cannot be imagined.

    @Tat Wood: indeed, the Soooul Train parallel is the only idea that can make even a modicum of sense of the title.

  20. ProfBeetle Says:

    The Sacred Locomotive has Flies, because no one on this frigging hippie bus ever does the damn dishes! I swear laying around dropping acid, believing you’re the next Greatful Dread and coming up with long rambling discourses entwining “cosmic oneness” with sex is fine, but if you ever leave this “spaceship” for ten minutes when you come back the smell is going to knock you out!

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    A science fiction novel by
    Luchard Ripoff

  22. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    There’s a ‘gibberish title’ tag, what about ‘word salad title’?

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Remember when people actually wrote SF stories about the cool, rad Rock Bands of the Future?

    That all seems so dated now… like mentioning “CD-ROMs” (I’m looking at YOU, Margaret Atwood) or phone booths.

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @A.R. Yngve: I think the problem is not so much writing about rock bands, but rock bands that are suspiciously like the ones at the time of writing. Unlike CD-roms, there will be cool, rad bands in the Future, [1] but they may not be called “rock” bands, or have anything more in common with 70s and 80s Giants of Rock than they do with 14th century strolling lute players.

    [1] Discounting the possible total collapse of civilization and playing music being just something the tribe members with the better breath control and sense of rhythm do at the annual Moon God Celebration and Long Pig barbecue. .

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