Vinyl records have certainly been making a comeback in recent years, with fans and musicians alike returning to the retro medium. But there's still something special about the records of decades past, with their crinkled surface and brown-tinted paper inducing nostalgia in the heart of every music lover.
Graphic designer Robert Penney knows just what we're talking about. The artist has taken modern songs by Lady Gaga and Interpol and turned them into vintage vinyl artworks. Adorned with faded designs and the signature 45 R.P.M marking, the reimagined records are convincing, aren't they?
Here's what Penney had to say about the project in an email to The Huffington Post:
"As a lover of record collecting and great sleeve artwork, I’ve often found it a shame that CD/Vinyl singles have almost completely vanished while album art has largely been reduced to a tiny picture on an iPod screen. Coupled with a love of retro design, I fashioned some mock designs of current artists and cleaned up their image to fit a more innocent time."
We're especially taken with Thom Yorke's squinting profile on the cover of what looks like a 30-year-old copy of "The Eraser." Scroll the slideshow below for all of Mr. Penney's designs and let us know your favorite in the comments section.
"New York ‘miserablists’ Interpol had a Beatlemania facelift as they’re pursued through the streets by admiring fans." -Robert Penney Interpol - Obstacle 1 (1964) 7" Single Grading: G- (Torn sleeve)
"Shedding their grungy image, The Libertines are pictured alongside their first names as if a publicity-hungry record company was coaxing young audiences to memorise them and pick a favourite." -Robert Penney The Libertines - What A Waster (1965) 7" Single Grading: G- (Mild surface noise)
"In a rare photograph without heavy make-up, Lady Gaga was transformed into a true diva, styled as a big ballad performer in the vein of Connie Francis." -Robert Penney Lady Gaga - Poker Face (1957) 7" Single Grading: G+
"Outspoken philanthropist Thom Yorke dropped his interest in social activism and caved to the materialistic ‘80s lifestyle by embracing synth-pop in the only LP album of this series." -Robert Penney Thom Yorke - The Eraser (1986) LP Album Grading: P (Skips during Black Swan)
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