Album covers : Ancillary products and analysis

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Album covers : Ancillary products and analysis

  1. 1. Ancillary products and analysis
  2. 2. Ancillary products and analysis Arctic Monkeys ‘whatever people say I am , that's what I'm not’ album , released in 2006, is the first album this Indie band produced and people argue its their best. Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band. Formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield the band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, Lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, backing vocals). In the top left corner the arctic monkeys band logo is placed at angle , which suggest that the artists recklessness as the logo looks like it has been causally stamped on. The black and white colour theme of the album cover reflects that the band are not well known and again reflects the rough and ready style of the indie music genre also emphasises the gritty lyrical style that they portray so well. The abstract picture of the man smoking suggests rebellion like the genre of rock n roll portrays and I think is trying to show that its one of the most important things to them is their band like a cigarette is to a smoker. The image of the man on the album cover has a beard to suggests the rough style of the band . In addition meaning of the album ‘whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not’ to show although the man looks a rough and unlikeable guy from outside don't judge him to you get to know him as ‘what people say that's what I'm not’. The logo is causally stamp on the side of the album cover and isn't large and attracts the audience attention. This shows how big their brand identity was even before their first album. As the arctic monkeys first album was one of the most anticipated album for a long time no real effort was needed in advertising the band.
  3. 3. Ancillary products and analysis Conventions of the back of the CD cover has most of the normal CD conventions as it includes: the names of the tracks , running order of the tracks , the abstract image , logo of the band and production details. However it doesn't have the track numbers to suggest that all the tracks are equally as good and they didn't want to rank them with numbers therefore going against the ‘norm’ and standing out as a band. The band finished recording their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire in September 2005. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363,735 copies in the first week. This smashed the previous record of 306,631 copies and sold more copies on its first day alone – 118,501 – than the rest of the Top 20 albums combined. The font used on the back of the album is simple and lower case in the colour white with ties in with the colour theme and the photos on the front and back of the album. . The production details of the album are at the bottom of the album with the legal information like copy right , production team and the record label details. However the record label logo is bigger and visible to show that the arctic monkeys respect their record label. In addition the band website is in the small white font as well as the production details as the band is that recognised by the first album alone they don't need to advertise it. The image of the man who is the friend of the band covering his face with his hand . This could suggest that the man doesn't need to show his face of the audience to recognise its the Arctic monkeys album as the brand is so strong. The image of the man who is the friend of the band covering his face with his hand . This could suggest the shame he has for being addicted to smoking. It could portray that the
  4. 4. Ancillary products and analysis Blink-182 is the eponymous-titled fifth studio album by the American pop punk band Blink-182. It was produced by Jerry Finn, and was released on November 18, 2003 through Geffen Records. The album was a commercial success in the United States, bolstered by lead singles "Feeling This" and "I Miss You". Despite some mixed criticism from fans regarding the band's new musical elements, Blink-182 earned largely favourable reviews from music critics and has been certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The pink blue and white theme of the album cover represents the bands genre of Blink 182 which is pop punk. This is important in attracting their target audience as the customer knows the album is pop punk with out even knowing/listening to the band. The parental advisory sticker: the industry regulates itself. This gives a warning to whoever buys this CD that their maybe content or  language that could offend people. The unique simple to read bold font that blink182 use is recognised instantly by the costumers as the brand recognition is very big in advertising a product. The size of the font is readable with out over facing the customer which suggests the popularity of the pop punk genre and blink 182.As the style of the font is so unique it shows the effort blink 182 has made into   making the band have brand recognition therefore showing the importance of the band to them. The name of band break the convention of album covers as the 'b' in blink182 starts with a lower case letter instead of a capital to suggests that they want to break away from the normal bands. This represents their genre pop punk well and where it is going as every band is trying to be original.
  5. 5. Ancillary products and analysis Blink-182 is an American rock band consisting of vocalist and bass guitarist Mark Hoppus, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Travis Barker. They have sold over 27 million albums worldwide since forming in Poway, California in 1992. With original drummer Scott Raynor they released their debut album Cheshire Cat in 1994 and achieved moderate success with its follow-up, 1997's Dude Ranch, which went on to sell over one million copies. Raynor was replaced by Barker midway through a 1998 tour. The spine of the album cover has the name of the band which is practical when its on the shelf as the audience can find the album easily. Its also has the record label 'Geffen records' logo on the spine to enhance the awareness of the record label or maybe to associate them with the biggest rock artist who used the label such as the 'Stone roses' and 'Aerosmiths'. The colour theme of the album are opposites on the colour wheel with Blue, White and pink this attracts their target market to the album which is important. The abstract image of the main trio in the band has a distorted black and white effect to it in a serious pose to represent the band doesn't always mess around and what people will see if they go to a venue live to see Blink 182.
  6. 6. Ancillary products and analysis What Separates Me from You is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band A Day to Remember. Originally set for release on October 26, 2010,[1] it didn't end up hitting the market until November 15, 2010, in the United Kingdom and the proceeding day in the United States.[2][3] The album was recorded at Wade Studios inOcala, Florida, from May to July 2010. It was mixed by David Bendeth, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory and Andrew Wade, who also produced the band's previous album, Homesick. The man in the middle of the artwork trapped in the hour glass shaped as a tear drop could  represent  the title ' what separates me from you'  as maybe the  genre  of punk pop and metal separates them from every one else?  The lack of writing on the front cover of the album draws more attention to the cartoon style abstract image with the bright colours it  represents  the pop punk metal genre well. In addition as the artwork is original it is instantly recognised by its target audience and give the customer  gratification  of owning it.  The cartoon artwork is a  stereotypical  aspect of the pop punk side of the band as well as the simple fonts used to display the name of the artist and the title of the album which you are buying all in a bold font therefore stands out and is easy to read when its on display. The tear drop in the image may represent how the bad feel about the album and may represent some songs or that their not aswell know as other bands.
  7. 7. Ancillary products and analysis A Day to Remember is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida. Founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denny and drummer Bobby Scruggs, the band has released four studio albums, nine singles and eight music videos. They are mainly known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk as a musical style The production details of the album are at the bottom of the album with the legal information like copy right , production team and the record label details. However the record label logo is bigger and visible to show that the A day to remember respect their record label Victory Records. In addition to this the Producer and Co producer font is in bold and larger in the white font used throughout the album cover to show the audience who produced the album and the background of the band. The track list of the album is set in a presentable way and doesn't break the convention of a cd album cover. As the tracks are number 1-10 it represents the songs that ‘What separates me from you’. The first track is ‘sticks and bricks’ maybe represents the divide in society as the two objects are people and the A day to remember band. As well as this the last track on the album is ‘If I leave’ which shows they have given up trying to fit in as a band and gone there ‘separate ‘ way. The image on the back of the album shows the hour glass filled up as the type has run out. It could represent its the end of the album ‘What separates me from you’ in a visual aid to give gratification to the audience and show the complexity of the album as they are a Punk metal genre bands.
  8. 8. Ancillary Products and analysis Bloodhound Gang Hefty Fine Man on Front of album, direct eye contact Fill Space of album Band and album name at very top Censor/Advisory Band and album name at very top Track listing The cover depicts a large, naked Caucasian man, whose genitals are obscured.
  9. 9. Ancillary Products and analysis The Doors L.A.Woman L.A. Woman  is the sixth and last studio album that the American rock band, 1970’s artwork. Basic picture of Band edited. Band and album Name at top and base. Basic Colours match on colour wheel Track listing Band and album name at very top
  10. 10. Ancillary Products and analysis Hefty Fine  is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Bloodhound Gang, released on September 27, 2005. Produced by Jimmy Pop. Again both main colours used Match on the colour wheel. Man mimicking two girls jumping, Track listing NOFX Punk in Drublic

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