Regular readers here might remember a trio of posts I put up last April regarding the location pictured on the iconic sleeve of the first album by my beloved Killing Joke, that being an otherwise workaday wall in a neighborhood colloquially referred to as “the Little Diamond” in a section of town known as the Bogside in the city of Derry (a.k.a. Londonderry) in Northern Ireland.
At the risk of rehashing all of that, the album cover in question – designed by one Michael Coles of Malicious Damage – essentially repurposed and manipulated an image by celebrated photographer Don McCullin. Here are both images now….
You can get the whole saga here, basically (along with a mea culpa-of-sorts here). Basically, my friend Dub (a.k.a.) Paul) -- who lives in Ireland (although not in Derry) -- did nine-tenths of the sleuthing in this case. I just assembled it in a relatively neat, concise package.
As it happens, a relative of Dub’s – let’s call him Dub Jr. – was actually in the good city of Derry quite recently, and did us a favor by taking a few more contemporary shots of the fabled wall in question. Evidently, in the years since those last Google Maps shots were taken, the no-longer-especially ominous wall – which, in truth, never was emblazoned with the words “KILLING JOKE” in hastily scrawled paint – has been painted a lustrous shade of burnt umber.
Another factoid illuminated via Dub Jr.’s snaps – evidently the address where the original events McCullin captured on film transpired on Frederick Street, which later becomes Abbey Street down the road.
Thanks to Dub and Dub Jr. for the update.