Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mudhoney, Norah Jones and a vintage film poster


ArtsBeat reports: The names “Mudhoney” and “Norah Jones” represent pretty distant points on the musical spectrum. One is a classic Seattle grunge band whose corrosive sound and squalid look helped define an era. The other is a beautiful, classy chanteuse with 12 Grammy Awards.

But the two have an unexpected nexus in Russ Meyer, the B-movie director whose infatuation with very-full-figured women made him a pioneer of “sexploitation” film.

Mudhoney, the band, is named after a 1965 Meyer film, and yesterday Ms. Jones announced that her next album, Little Broken Hearts, to be released on May 1, will have a cover inspired by the (semi-) famous poster for the same film, in high-contrast black and white with orange highlights.

In place of the film’s tagline, “Passion debased by lust … leaves a taste of evil!,” the album cover gives its title. And in place of the other copy on the original poster, like “A story never told so frankly … so imtimately!” and “… a film of ribaldry and violence made from the juice of life!,” Ms. Jones’s cover has, well, nothing.

The announcement for the album, which is produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), explains:
Jones drew the inspiration for the album cover from the vintage movie posters that adorn Burton’s Los Angeles studio. “Brian has this great collection of Russ Meyer posters in his studio,” explains Jones, “and this particular one, called Mudhoney, was right over the couch where I sat every day. I always was looking at it and thinking ‘that’s so cool I want to look like her!’ I remember staring at the poster the whole time we made the record. It’s a great visual.”

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