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Old 09-14-2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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Let It Pop

Why did U2 decide to make an album cover that was so similar to The Beatles' Let It Be cover? I'm talking about the Pop cover, of course. Did they think at the time that this might be their last album? Had they just run out of good ideas for an album cover?

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Old 09-14-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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because they couldn't get adam to take his shoes off and Bono from jumping up and down

"I HAVE to step ONLY the white ones"
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"dunno... it's just fun "

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Re: Let It Pop

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Had they just run out of good ideas for an album cover?
I love the Pop album cover!
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Can't wait for the "The Saint Are Coming" single cover!
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:08 PM   #5
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If anything it's more like Talking Heads - Remain in Light as in it's the 4 band members, digitally manipulated and messed with...
The reason Pop looks the way it does is because it's literally inpired by the images of Pop Art - Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol etc. who used were in turn influenced by comic books and advertising.
I actually think the Pop cover is quite effective as an image and in my opinion it beats the hell out of either ATYCLB or HTDAAB.
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Obviously none of you have heard of POP art, ever scene a Warhol?




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If someone could post the Let It Be cover, it would be cool, because my Photobucket is down right now.

Notice the following:

- Where is 'Paul' placed?

- Where is the guy with the glasses placed, and in which direction does he stare?

- Where is the drummer placed?

- Where is the guitar player placed?

All of this is just a coincidence? Hardly.

edit: Here's a link to the Let It Be album cover: http://www.stevesbeatles.com/cds/alb.../let_it_be.jpg
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^ It may be but the style was definatley an homage to pop art.
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Obviously none of you have heard of POP art, ever scene a Warhol?




Plus, during the Popmart tour they used images from Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein as well.
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why I cant' see the posts?
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I never saw Let It Be when I saw the POP cover.

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the first time i ever saw the cover for POP i immediately thought of warhol.

not the beatles.
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I never saw Let It Be when I saw the POP cover.

interesting, I'd switch Adam and Bono though.

I always found Bono as more of a John than a Paul anyways, plus Paul plays bass.

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I saw a Kiss album cover once that was very similar to these. I think it was a greatest hits album or something.
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Great catch U2man!

I would say this is a clever and somewhat hidden homage to the Beatles, but I wouldnt put it past U2 or their design crew at four5one to know exactly what they were up to. If anyone knows album cover history, its gotta be them.

Not being a huge Beatles fanatic like I am with U2, is 'Let it Be' typically known as the Beatles most 'pop' record, the way JT is for U2? If so, I can see where U2 wanted to reference yet another pop-ism, along with Lichtenstein, Warhol, McDonalds (the arch in the stadium).

Pop was all about image, so why not borrow from the most POPular band ever? Anyways, imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Isnt that what pop culture is all about? U2 didn't run out of ideas- pop culture gave them a NEW idea they hadnt done yet, and they did it different than anyone.
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Obviously none of you have heard of POP art, ever scene a Warhol?





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I saw a Kiss album cover once that was very similar to these. I think it was a greatest hits album or something.


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Why can't it be both a nod to pop art and to the Beatles? Couldn't it be both---a nod to the Beatles also being a nod to pop art?

It's not like U2Man is saying anything about the quality of the album based on the cover. And you can't really say that there are no similarities between the covers. Whether the similarities were done purposely or not, t's a valid thought to notice similar qualities.
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