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April 16, 2016


Bob Egan

The "V"-lined diagrams showing where the photos were taken from look pretty convincing from going there in street view. Congrats to them.

Chris Morley

Fantastic piece of writing. I always knew the photo was from the dark days in Northern Ireland but the work that has gone into researching this is so very much appreciated by all fellow Gatherers. The misuse of iconic images is shameful. A sad indictment of the crazy shallow world we live in. I particular love the final tag line. Thanks again.

Pete Rooney

A totally captivating account - thank you for your efforts in researching it and putting this post together. Thank you!

Thomas Alexander Moody

That is bloody impressive (if slightly disturbing)detective work, Marra (NE England expression for buddy U.S.) As an RC Glaswegian who grew up with The Troubles; SLF et al AND as an ex PI I found the map-mapping and x-ref with the original photos really expert. As a side issue with younger folk today ignoring or mis-interpreting Punk music, here in the UK and I'm delighted to say in Newcastle/Gateshead area we have a thriving "tribute" band scene whilst, not to all tastes at the very lesst it exposes the music and the vibe to a younger audience. They may even download a track or God Help Us actually buy an LP, can I still say LP? Well Thank you and maybe we could apply your technique to other covers; Magazine's "Shot From Both Sides" maybe. Hanx. Tam Moody

Melvin Korris

Superb piece of detective work by all concerned. I embarked upon a similar journey of discovery regarding the iconic artwork used on the legendary 1982 Discharge album ' Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing .' This artwork has been reproduced on umpteen pressings of the album, an incalculable amount of T shirts and has been similarly plagiarised over the years - yet when I finally tracked down the original artist (in Spain) he was none the wiser (and hadn't received a single penny of course.)


Man, when you come back, it's with a vengeance.



great work messrs smith and gorman, a fantastic read. i still have the original magazine that i ripped the original pages out of. i suppose the next step is tracking down the lads jumping over the wall... hmm, maybe not...


Excellent job here. Don McCullins' work seem to be a favorite with punk bands, the cover of Crucifix legendary 1983 LP Dehumanization features one of his photos (see it here:, and that photo of the soldiers running up Williams Street was definitely used by someone else but I am frustratingly drawing a blank on who it was. Grrr…


Wow, well done! One of your best posts for sure!


Fantastic stuff. Oddly I had a moment with What's This For a few years ago.

Adam Morris

Wow Hello. I was Brian Taylor's business partner in Malicious Damage during its first formation. I think this article is possibly the best article I have ever read. The dedication and research is second to none. Don McCullin gave permission to use the photo on condition we didn't put his name on it. He thought the association might cost him business he was no Mick Rock. After reading your article I'd say it was Brian who had this idea, because plainly the photo symbolised a massive Killing Joke didn't it? Brian would have understood that coming from Mayo. cheers


This is fascinating! I found your post through Google images while searching for KJ photos. Great writing, I'll be bookmarking your blog for sure.


As far as articles on iconic album cover photos go, this one was superb. Easily as enjoyable as one I'd read re: Abandoned Luncheonette somewhere or other. Thanks.

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