The original concept artwork for Music To Make Love To

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Hi folks, Az here.

I spent today going through old artwork for a new project I’m working on and stumbled across this hand drawn concept of the Music To Make Love To cover(s).

This was drawn back in 2005 by former drummer Cheyne Reading who had a very specific idea in mind of what he wanted the cover to look like – and the rest of us weren’t going to stand in his way. When he first showed it to us, we just laughed our heads off. It was a done deal.

The story goes that this drawing was then given to illustration extraordinare Nathan Soehardi, who then redraw this digitally into a computer, giving us the artwork we see on Music To Make Love To Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 today.

The two covers, in fact, were too different variations of the drawings with different colouring that we were presented with at the same time, so that we could choose one for what would be our 2006 release as simply “Music To Make Love To”. It turned out that we liked each version so much that we chose both of them – renaming the first release with a Vol. 1 on the end so that we could use the other one as well as a Vol. 2 a year later.

So, good value was gained out of that drawing and the work put in all around.

Froback Friday, 23/02/2018

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This week’s video is a double throwback for reasons that you will soon understand, featuring MxPx.

Inserted below is MxPx’s universally loved and almost impossible to find film clip for their song I’m Ok, You’re Ok. Due to label politics, you won’t find the album this song is on or the one they did after that on music streaming services at all. Universal Music Group have shitcanned a lot of uploads of this clip to YouTube too. Cunts.

Never fear, we found a copy of it on Vimeo (until UMG discover this and kill it hehe).

Anyway…

For those of you that don’t know too much about MxPx’s history, back when they were called Magnified Plaid and they had a guy called Andy playing guitar, singer/bassist Mike Herrera was also singer/guitarist in a band called The Cootees – a four person lineup with two singers sharing lead much like Blink 182 did/do.

After Andy left MxPx, The drummer from The Cootees, Tom, joined MxPx as their new guitarist despite only knowing how to play power chords and that’s been the lineup of MxPx ever since. The Cootees, meanwhile, broke up soon after as MxPx started to become fairlr popular in the US and had to focus on one band.

The funny thing here is that I’m Ok, You’re Ok was a song that Mike sung in The Cootees. After the band broke up, he decided to reuse his song in MxPx years later because it was too good to leave in the past. For your listening reference, below is a recording of The Cootees’ verson of the song which I have to say sounds better. Check it out:

Here is the full album from The Cootees on Spotify. It’s a bit different to MxPx, huh?

As a bonus clip, here’s MxPx in 1998 playing live on everyone’s favorite Australian TV show in the 90’s, Recovery (!!!) playing Chick Magnet.