Spotted this on the Facebook page of the New York Rock & Roll Explorer and thought I'd share it here (though I spoke about it back here). This is a rare ad for the 1980 Blondie album Autoamerican, featuring a larger depiction of the cover painting (click on it to enlarge).
As I said back on that earlier post, this album's never been my favorite Blondie record (which would either be Parallel Lines or Eat to the Beat), but I've always loved the painting on the cover. I've also always wondered why guitarist Frank Infante is depicted brandishing a rainbow-colored broadsword.
Now, granted -- it's a painting, so there's a bit of artistic license involved, but I've always tried to glean where the band is supposed to be standing. My estimation, based on the proximity of the landmarks behind them is that they're on the roof of 108 Leonard Street (the home of the Clocktower Gallery in TriBeCa). This is the building as it looks from the street.
I've also suspected this address to be the same location for the video shoot of the Ramones' "We Want the Airwaves" video. See below.
Of course, all of this is entirely speculation. Anyone know the real stories?