Sneakily taking the hinges off the doors of perception

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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. David Gerard
    November 8, 2017 @ 10:55 am

    The Peter Saville connection is interesting, btw. He did the original Factory 7″ of “Electricity” because it was Factory. When OMD signed to Dindisc, he called Dindisc and asked if they needed a designer, so did their next three albums on that basis. When Dindisc shut down, OMD kept him on. He doesn’t even like doing record sleeves any more, except for bands he’s worked with for decades – i.e., New Order and OMD.

    “Architecture and Morality” was also ripped off a design by Ben Kelly. Saville: “I thought I could just take things from Ben, like he was a reference book or something. He used to get really mad about it.” At least Kelly got co-credit and shared in the award for the sleeve.

    why yes I do know way too much about Factory Records shut up shut up shut up


    • David Gerard
      November 8, 2017 @ 10:57 am

      whoops, first album, not Architecture & Morality! never mind me


  2. Sean Dillon
    November 8, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    Yeah, even after listening to the whole album last weekend on your recommendation (I checked it out from the library, as it was one of two bits of OMD they had [the other being a “greatest hits” album]), I felt Ghost Star was a triumph. The album as a whole has been amazing (so amazing that it pushed SOL off of being the no. 1 album of the year and given me something else to obsess over), but I feel a kinship towards Ghost Star for reasons I can’t articulate right now. Maybe they’re akin to your personal reasons. Maybe not. Maybe I should just listen to it a few more times to find out.


  3. David Faggiani
    November 20, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    Thought you might enjoy this tweet from OMD, from yesterday 😀


    • Josh Marsfelder
      November 20, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

      I applaud that headline writer’s taste and sense of humour!


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