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- Posted on Nov 20th 2009 4:00PM by Dan Reilly
Rather than just get an artist to spoof the picture like so many others have done, Biafra went to Fairey himself. "We've known each other for years, at least by phone and being fans of each other's work. He'd done another album cover for me after the Seattle protests," Biafra tells Spinner, referring to a show he did with the No WTO Combo with Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Soundgarden's Kim Thayil. "I'd seen a variation of Shepard's hand about to strangle the Earth on the cover of one of Seattle's weekly magazines and thought 'This is perfect.' The in-house Art Director of [Biafra's record label] Alternative Tentacles put me in touch with Shepard, so we tweaked the picture to get it ready for the album cover and we went on from there."
When it came time for the 'Audacity of Hype' cover, Biafra wasn't sure whether his vision would work. "I didn't know whether he would dig making fun of his iconic work or not, so I called him first to see how he felt about it," he says. "Much to my pleasant surprise, he said 'Yeah, I want to do the picture.' I thought 'Great, this couldn't have worked out better.'"
'The Audacity of Hype' is out now.