Peter Blake stars on his first album cover

After years designing other people’s album sleeves, including Monograph exclusives Gettin In Over My Head for Beach Boy Brian Wilson, for the first time Peter Blake is actually appearing on an album cover.

Blakewhose most famous cover is The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to appear on the front of a special edition Madness record.

The artist had already designed the cover for the band’s tenth album, entitled Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da, and will now feature on the repackaged disc in person.

He appears on the cover dressed as Moses, in tribute to one of the discarded suggested titles the band considered for the album: The Ten Commandments.

Members of Madness joined him to dress up as other characters representing ‘Rake’s Progress’, ‘Man Of Steel’, ‘Dial M For Madness’, ‘Circus Freak’ and ‘Deolali’.

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