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Saint Etienne – So Tough album art

Contributed by Blythwood on Sep 15th, 2016. Artwork published in
February 1993
    Saint Etienne – So Tough album art 1
    Source: Saint Etienne/Heavenly Records. License: All Rights Reserved.

    A really early use of FF Meta on the cover of dreampop band Saint Etienne’s 1993 album So Tough.

    Saint Etienne are a fairly “conceptual” group influenced by sixties pop and eighties house music — at a guess this is probably their most accessible album — and the retro-sixties sleeve with the track names listed is quite characteristic of their aesthetic.

    I hadn’t looked at the sleeve closely for years and was quite surprised to see what now seems like a classic 90s font — I’d imagined it being something like Monotype Grotesque Condensed or Alternate Gothic. The cover photograph is a childhood photo of lead singer Sarah Cracknell, incidentally. (The less photogenic instrumentalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs are relegated to the back cover.)

    The album title is probably in Bunny Ears, a lowercase-only version of Titanic/Hercules, with long alternates for ‘b f h k l’.

    Saint Etienne – So Tough album art 2
    Source: © Heavenly Records/"ohnotmorestuff" on eBay. License: All Rights Reserved.


    • FF Meta
    • Titanic




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    1 Comment on “Saint Etienne – So Tough album art”

    1. I was planning to add this one. And I recently got into their music. Lovely stuff.

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