Posted on April 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff
Hand in Glove. The very first single of The Smiths, 13 May 1983.
Great care was given by the Smiths for their album covers. A unique visual style, able to establish a consistent visual aesthetic. The Smiths covers were immediately identifiable. The band never appeared on their covers. Glamourous, erotic, iconographical, nostalgic and gender ambiguous. Images depicted cinema stars and pop culture in general. Morrissey chose all the covers, under the artistic direction of his personal assistant Jo Slee. ” The covers were an integral part of the group”- according to Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) – ” And Morrissey was the best to create them. We never made suggestions to make it better.”
” The rest of the band had no involvement in the creation of the covers ,” said Johnny Marr “I was more than happy to go that way. Because every time I saw the artwork I’ve always been happy, impressed and surprised. What Morrissey did was to take all these influences that meant something to him, coming from very different places , and give them continuity . fans of The Smiths could identify immediately. “