Sep 29

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Joachim Comments: 80s cyberpunk covers are generally bad but this one is a special kind of bad…
Published 1990

You might remember this from here!

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: 8.85 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Bad Voltage”

  1. Claire Says:

    What happened to that poor woman’s legs? And why is she out with Dexy and one of his Midnight Runners?

  2. SI Says:


  3. Phil Says:

    It seems Neil Gaiman is practicing his tightrope skills with a couple of pals. On the streets of Blackpool.

  4. SI Says:

    Beneath the streets eh… They’re not even on the streets!

  5. Elvraie Says:

    High and low voltages are so last year! What you must have is bad voltage!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    If I should die think only this of me
    That there’s some corner of a foreign field
    That is forever Nottingham’s Rock City in 1985

  7. Rev Says:

    Juxtaposition eh? Yawn.

  8. Jeff Vader Says:

    @Phil, @Tat:

    I´d like to settle the locale discussion by pointing to the clearly visible Eiffel Tower in the background.

    Obviously they´re in Vegas.

  9. Jami Says:

    ♪ We’re off to see the Wizard! The wonderful Wizard of punk! ♪

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Eat your heart out, David Blaine!

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Maglev boots by Jimmy Choo Choo.

  12. fred Says:

    Yes, a Rammstein cover of ‘Walking on Sunshine’ would totally work.

  13. Tom Noir Says:


    @fred: this needs to happen.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    Another version of this book was previously featured on GSS here. I _think_ I prefer the ‘ghostbusters’ version but honestly it’s a toss up. Poor Jonathan Littel, his publishers must not have loved him very much.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Inside of us, we both know you belong with Voltage. You’re part of his work, the badness that keeps him going. If that gang leaves the ground and you’re not with them, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.’

    ‘But wought about ussss?’

    ‘We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you turned of noclip. We got it back last night.’

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blurb ought to read “tomorrow’s world ABOVE the streets…”

    (They call me Captain Obvious!)

  17. anon Says:

    Bad Voltage sounds like a name of a band Superman would fight.
    They look like one, too!

  18. Jaouad Says:

    That Eiffel Tower was drawn by somebody who very badly wanted to see one.

    Also: I can see Dream and Death going for outfits like that, but Destiny should really know better.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Claire: ‘Come on, I lean to loo rye ay…’

  20. Claire Says:

    @dead stuff. I guess these other young uns don’t remember the glory (and inexplicable lyrics) of the immortal Runners 😉

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Visit Cyberpunk City, and see the wonders of tomorrow…
    – See our new Ehfel Tower! Not as tall as the real Eiffel Tower, but almost as beautiful!
    – See our Hover-Punks glide above the streets, throw bottles and urinate above doorways!
    – Experience our uniquely polluted air — smells like nothing you’ve ever been sick from before!

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    @Claire, Dead Stuff: I spent most of the morning trying to think of a way to work in a reference to ‘Thankfully, Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn’t Apply’. (American readers may wish to know that Kev’s safe sex anthem ‘Come On Eileen’ was their antepenultimate hit, not their first).

  23. RachelJ Says:

    @Claire. What happened to her legs, you ask? I refer you to the original version of the blurb: “They’re wired for speed, living high and crashing hard in tomorrow’s world beneath the streets.”

  24. L.B. Says:

    That would be a great title for a pif – ‘Bad voltage’ could be the sequel to ‘Powerful stuff’.

  25. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Ah, the future as seen by the past: the futuristic (to the late nineteenth century) Tour Eiffel and ‘eighties punk dollies doing the “I just took up roller skating” look.

    Never has the Eiffel Tower looked less like the Eiffel Tower.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Alessandra: I disagree. Here, it looks like former Vice President Richard Cheney.

  27. AnnaT Says:

    The punks look like they’re dancing badly in midair. Not to mention the utterly trippy atmosphere.

    Yet another cover that was clearly Made On Drugsâ„¢.

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