It’s a popular criticism of art that it takes itself too seriously – not a charge that can be levelled at illustrator Jack Hudson and set/prop-design magicians Lord Whitney regarding their project Mock ‘N’ Roll. Inspired by famous album covers from the hallowed library of rock greats, the trio has produced its own pastiche covers, which have in turn provided the inspiration for a collection of modern bands and musicians to write new music for the fictional albums.
If that sounds like art disappearing up its own arse, reserve judgement until you’ve enjoyed the covers, which have been put together with such a sense of fun that it’s impossible not to like where the artists have gone, and that’s before you’ve heard Mock ‘n’ Roll Volume 1, featuring songs by the likes of Pulled Apart by Horses, Don Damage and Bobby Coolfinger – who themselves made an appearance for the opening of an exhibition of the silly sleeves at Leeds Gallery, which is hosting the pieces until 7th May.
The project has been such a success that the group is looking for more musicians to provide material for a Volume Two follow-up. Gilmour, Jagger et al can get in touch with them through their websites.