Disarmingly loyal readers with a lot of time on their hands may remember a lengthy post I did here back in 2013 wherein I endeavored to pinpoint the cover location of Gavin Friday’s debut solo album from 1989, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. I managed to track down the spot — formerly a restaurant on Broadway and Bleecker called The Blue Willow and now a somewhat noxious men’s clothiers. You can read that whole saga here.
In any case, I was walking past that building again today with my kids, and I was saddened to see that even further elements from its previous incarnation have gone missing. The handsome marble trim that leads to the rear chambers are now completely covered, and the back rooms that played host to Gavin and Maurice “The Man” Seezer for Anton Corbijn’s cover shoot are no longer recognizable, currently playing host to a pricey sneaker concern called “KITH.”
I mean, yeah, it was already dead and gone, but I loved that you could still see that marble trim along the doorways to the rear rooms. Today, those stately portals are covered by a gaudy wall that looks like a rumpled sheet.
The album's sleeve, in all its glory..