A couple of blogs ago I talked about searching out movie locations while travelling. In a similar theme, have you ever searched out the location of an album cover? I’ve spotted some purely by accident (Pink Floyd’s Battersea Power station and the inflatable pig from ‘Animals’ is one – except the floating pig wasn’t there), but I have also gone out of my way to find the exact spot where an album cover was shot. Probably the most famous (and most photographed – to the chagrin of locals trying to drive down the road) is the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road. It was only my first week in London as a backpacker and four of us were playing Aussie rules footy in Hyde Park when I suggested that we had the perfect number of band members to recreate the Abbey Road Album Cover shot.
So we jumped in a car and drove to North London. We had to wait our turn for the shot because there was already a bunch of people lined up to recreate the fab four crossing the pedestrian crossing. That worked out well for us because we got one of them to take the photo for us. I took the John Lennon role at the front followed by a very Aussie Ringo Starr – Andrew was not only wearing his Akubra hat, he was carrying the Aussie Rules footy in his hand from our kick in the park. If we had mobile phones back then I would have checked the original cover online – and then realised that we’d crossed in the opposite direction. Mind you, the Beatles did get a shot going the opposite way…
Another album cover I searched and found was David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. The cover shot was taken in Heddon Street, which is a small dead end street near Carnaby Street. The shop had changed, but I least I got the right angle this time…
But, you don’t have to travel the world in search of album covers. You can do a whole bunch of them on Google Maps. And that’s what album cover sleuth Bob Egan did. Here’s just a few of the album covers he’s hunted down without leaving his desk…
Abbey Road – The Beatles
Cyndi Lauper – A Night to Remember
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Pink Floyd – Animals
Eminem – Marshall Mathers
PJ Harvey – Stories from the City
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan