Intro to “Awesome Album Covers – UFO’s Mechanix”, by Michael Verity
When I saw this story, I knew that it would have to be one that would have to be featured on our site as it focuses on, at least for your friend The Curator (that’s me!), two important main characters:
1) The rock band UFO – an under-appreciated (at least, here in the U.S.) ensemble that created some of the best-loved tunes of my early adulthood (Phil Mogg certainly knew how to write songs with a catchy chorus, and I’m certain that I wore through more than one copy of Lights Out in my college dorm room), and
2) The graphic designer John Pasche – a talented UK-based graphic artist, one of the principals in the ongoing saga of “just who really did design the Lips and Tongue logo for the Rolling Stones” and, for me as a writer, one of the first people kind enough to work with me on an interview about album cover art.
The album met with a fair amount of success in the UK, hitting #8 on the album charts, driven by the popularity of three singles – “Back Into My Life”, “The Writer” and “Let It Rain”. In the US, it rose to #82 on the Billboard album charts, with “Back Into My Life” getting some airplay. The band toured, with original bassist Pete Way leaving immediately thereafter. A slightly-reconstituted UFO released one more record (Making Contact) in 1983 and then split to pursue other opportunities, getting back together at various times, in various configurations over the past 25+ years to record and tour.
Mechanix was re-issued in 2009 with enhanced album packaging, including photos by Ross Halfin and illustrations by David Juniper.
To read “Awesome Album Covers: UFO’s Mechanix”, simply click on this link – http://www.fusion45.com/awesome-album-covers-ufos-mechanix/