Thursday, 7 November 2013

Record Sleeve Athletics (6): Days in Europa

Oh dear, what were they thinking of? In 1979, Scottish post-punk band The Skids released their second album 'Days in Europa', including the hit single 'Working for the Yankee Dollar'

The cover design for the album, with its Germanic lettering and blonde maiden crowning an Olympic athlete, is reminiscent of something from Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia - the Nazi propaganda film about the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 

Flirting with fascist imagery, dumb at the best of times, was particularly stupid in in the late 1970s period of 'Rock Against Racism' and clashes between the National Front and anti-fascists. When the album was reissued in 1980 it was with a new sleeve with the offending image removed.

See previously in this series:

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