H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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He helped design the haunting imagery for Swiss psyche rockers Walpurgis’ 1969 album, The Shiver , Emerson Lake, and Palmer’s gold-selling 1973 LP, Brain Salad Surgery , and the sleeve for French prog-rockers Magma’s 1978 record Attahk . Born in 1940 to a chemist’s family in Chur, Switzerland, he moved in 1962 to Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts.

Har­ry and boyfriend/band member/guitarist Chris Stein wrote tracks as well, and ful­ly indulged in the Black music gen­res they had already been toy­ing with on Blondie’s Autoamer­i­can, like “Rap­ture” and “The Tide Is High. Chris Stein documented the meetings he and Harry had with Giger along with the creation of the album cover and two videos for Harry’s 1981 debut solo album Kookoo, and he’s put them together in the new book H. In an arresting mix of visceral storytelling and stunning visuals including never-before-seen photographs, bespoke illustrations and fan art installations, FACE IT upended the standard musical memoir while delivering a truly intimate portrait of an iconoclast.Like the rest of the world since, Stein was taken with Harry’s charisma, her spirit and – of course – her style. The fantastical videos for two of the tracks on the album, 'Backfired' and 'Now I Know you Know,' featured Giger himself piercing an Egyptian sarcophagus and a newly brunette Harry reimagined as a xenomorphic Giger creature.

Giger had been the set designer on the film, creating a series of erotic and symbolic images that were at once both terrifying and strangely beautiful. Chrysalis, the record company releasing Koo Koo, was informed that the poster was deemed offensive to children and old folk.His photographs have been exhibited around the world, and collected in two books, "Negative: Me, Blondie", and the "Advent of Punk" and "Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene. The New York Times notes “POINT OF VIEW: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene is a fascinating document, not only of the punk scene of the early and middle 1970s but more generally of New York City in its years of chaos, decay and creative energy. With an introduction by Debbie Harry, the book is a must for fans of Blondie, the punk rock scene, science fiction history, and all things 1980s. Their decades-long successes led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame for the band in 2006. The artwork for Harry's 1981 debut solo KooKoo album cover was deemed so frightening it was originally banned on the London Underground.

In 1981, Harry released KooKoo, the first of many solo albums, and also embarked on her acting career. The disco-leaning song, written by Chic’s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, is a lot more upbeat than the imagery. in the US, with two spin-off singles Backfired and The Jam Was Moving hardly making tills tinkle on either side of the Atlantic. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Though he didn’t know the group–Giger pre­ferred to lis­ten to jazz–he agreed to the cov­er and to the pro­mo videos, even direct­ing when the orig­i­nal direc­tor didn’t show.This shock picture of Blondie star Debbie Harry has been banned from Britain’s high streets,” continued the Mirror, “The picture - which is also on the cover of Debbie’s first solo album, Koo Koo - has upset Britain’s advertising bosses. R. Giger’s World, Giger didn’t leave his designs at his office, but lived in a home that was a museum of horror and fantasy, including every iteration of his dark visions in every medium from paintings to sculpture.

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