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Feb 07

It's like, how much more purple could this be? and the answer is none. None more purple.Click for full image

Joachim Comments:Man with heavy mascara, in a purple cloud, with a star, sparkling, under his eye…. Is paradise a purple cloud?
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: 7.38 out of 10)
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14 Responses to “Paradise Is Not Enough”

  1. Phil Says:

    A planet of the apes font is not enough. You must also have purple cover to prepare the reader for the purple prose inside.

    And a guy wearing a lampshade.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Now that’s a way to entice a reader! Hey kids, let’s read the one about the incredibly boring purple person! Or the incredibly purple boring person.

  3. Herm Says:

    I actually like the font, and the tagline is very effective. But all the purple? Good grief! And the glass lampshade with the glitter inside it that the chappie is wearing over his face… just no. Even if you’re the first human being on earth, that’s never going to be a good idea.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Herm, quite disagree about the tagline. It’s as though they weren’t satisfied with the ‘deadly’ play on words, or it failed in the focus group, or some such. So they tagged that last bit on there to say, ‘Yes, it really is scary inside here. We’re not fibbing!’

    Is his teardrop TING!ing? Oh, eh, sad in paradise, that won’t do! 🙁

  5. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Are you sure that’s a man? It was 1971. That looks like a typical late ’60s female model to me, with white lipstick and heavy eye makeup. And the — um — head thing looks a lot like some of the dumb-looking high fashion hats inspired by astronauts at the time.

    Maybe an early example of why photographic covers don’t work too well in imaginative genres.

  6. Phil Says:

    Androgyny, that’s the word I was looking for!

  7. Joachim Says:

    It looks like Apophis from Stargate SG-1…..

    But yes, definitely an androgynous figure — I should have pointed that out instead of saying the figure was male.

  8. fred Says:

    The party never starts until Satan arrives.

  9. Yoss Says:

    I think ya’ll are onto something. Rampant androgyny* could very well be the cause of all the danger. Can you imagine?

    “Excuse me…. sir?”

    “I’M A WOMAN, DAMN YOU!!!”

    *Rampant Androgyny would be a good name for a band

  10. SI Says:

    I actually really like this.

    It’s like a late 60’s/70’s movie in a cover! Not sure I would take it on a bus though. What would the public think?

  11. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Paradise is not enough. But an upended mixing bowl sprayed with glitter, shrouded in a gossamer scarf, and bejewelled with the cheapest sparklecrap money can buy?

  12. Smith Says:

    At first glance I thought it was Patrick Stewart as Locutus of Borg.

    Then I realised it was a sulky woman in a bald head wig.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think it’s one of Annie Lennox’s discarded album covers.

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    We need a new tag:
    “Lots Of Empty Space”
    or
    “Editor Spilled Coffee”

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