Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Floyd had a lot of interesting conceptual album cover artwork, but this one is perhaps my favorite, mostly because of its surrealness. Sometimes I think of Johnny Rotten in PIL screaming "Burn, Hollywood, Burn!" when I see this cover of the two movie studio execs shaking hands, but the greatness of the cover is that you can make up your own story to it.


Blogger Metal Mark said...

Perhaps it's someone agreeing to appear in a Vinnie Vincent Invasion video.

September 5, 2007 7:04 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

It's definately one of those album covers that makes you pick it up the first time you see it and just stare at it.

September 5, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

This is another example of the artwork being changed for the CD and another example of why LPs are so much better. It's cool here, but when you see it in all it's 12" glory.

Hipgnosis did a lot of great album art (for good and bad bands alike). Here's a little history and a list of the covers they designed.

September 5, 2007 9:17 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Definitely a classic, leaves a lot to the imagination. Either this or "Animals" stands as my favorite Floyd cover art.

September 5, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Thank God they put the album name on the CD release. I'm sure thousands of people were getting this confused with Metal Rendez-Vous by Krokus until Capitol Records had the wisdom to clarify things.

September 5, 2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Mark and Chuck, you got me rolling this morning!

Mike, I agree wholeheartedly...even after playing it a billion times, it's hard not to still pause on that cover!

Bob, I agree with you as's a lost art

Jeff, I think we're in agreement on the best Floyd cover

September 6, 2007 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know who the two guys are on the "Wish you were here" album cover? because I swear.. the guy thats on fire looks like Ozzy Osbourne

May 11, 2008 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they are 2 stuntmen Danny Rogers is on the left and shaking hand with Ronnie Rondell who is the one on fire...

August 30, 2008 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the ID of the guys on the picture has bothered me for some time, and I could never find their names anywhere. For a while, I actually thought it was Gilmour on the left and Wright on fire. I know it makes no sense for them to do something risky like that, but if you look closely at the faces, the two guys look a heck of a lot like those two.

November 8, 2008 2:07 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

The guy wasn't really on fire so any member of the band could have been in the shot. The fire was added later.

November 25, 2008 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry ben, but you're wrong. the stuntman was actually set on fire and photographed. the flames were not added later. there's actually 2 different version of the photo. on was used on the original columbia release in america and a different one was used in the uk. the uk version (the one with the flaming man leaning forward) is now the version used on all cd releases.

December 30, 2008 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know "why" the dude's on fire? was there some symbolism there?

February 24, 2009 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fire guy was Everett Creach of Tora Tora Tora & Dirty Harry fame shot a Warnor Bros studio

March 26, 2009 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fyi, they are BOTH 2 "Hollywood Stuntmen", Ronnie Rondel (on fire)and Danny Rogers is shaking Ronnie Rondels hand. The photograph was taken at Warner Brothers Studio's lot. So there you have it...

January 12, 2010 2:25 AM  

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