Monday, November 10

What is the story behind the artwork for "Album of the year"

I bought Faith No More's Album of the Year today. One of the people at my work asked who the guy on the front cover was. His research came up with the following (not sure of the source):

Bill Gould says:
"Actually the man was an old president of Czechoslovakia who died in the '30's, but his significance is more symbolic than political. He was a very aristocratic president at a time when Czechoslovakia was one of the richest countries in the world. His funeral was HUGE (they are the shots on the album artwork) and his death took place on the eve of WW2. If there is any symbolic importance, it is the depiction of the death of a 'golden age.'"

The artwork was also used on FNM Tour T-shirts in Europe. A lot of people are of the opinion that the man pictured is 'Lenin'. He isn't. Billy had this to say:
"I realized that his "death mask" face looked alot like Lenin, but not until after the shirts were printed. We might change it."
The name of the president is Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937). He was the first president of independent Czechoslovakia (1918).

Inside the CD sleeve in the funeral picture, the words "Pravda Vitez" appear on the coffin. "Pravda Videz" translates to "Knight of truth - Knight if integrity". It means "Truth will prevail".

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