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The Table – “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)” single cover

Photo(s) by Klaus Hiltscher. Imported from Flickr on Mar 27, 2022. Artwork published in .
The Table – “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)” single cover 1
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Flash Bold with Bullion Shadow for the band name, on the cover of “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)”, the debut release by The Table, a punk rock act from Cardiff, Wales. From Discogs:

The band consisted of Russell Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass), Tony Barnes (guitars, bass), Len Lewis (drums) and Mickey O’Connor (guitars). Young and Barnes had been performing together since 1971 in the band John Stabber, and formed Do You Want This Table (later shortened to The Table) in 1972. However, they did not own any musical instruments, refused to tour, and stated that they were not a “real” band and had no future in the music industry. Despite this, they were signed to Virgin Records and released “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)”, first recorded as a demo in 1975. The single was an NME ‘Single Of The Week’, rapidly becoming a cult favourite, and subsequently appearing on several punk compilation albums.

Diana Fawcett’s cover design [credit disputed, see comments] features a photo by Trevor Herman that shows the band members standing in the ladies’ underwear section of a department store.

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The Table – “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)” single cover 2
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  • Flash
  • Bullion
  • Univers




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3 Comments on “The Table – “Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)” single cover”

  1. That looks like it might be the IBM Composer version of Univers with the narrow 'a’, 'g’ and 's’.

  2. Judy Phillips-Marston says:
    Dec 12th, 2022 9:27 pm

    Just a small correction here. A former boyfriend was involved in the admin for this picture sleeve and it was not designed by Diana Fawcett, but by a graphics company that Virgin had used before, which she had no connection to. She was the girlfriend of one of the band and no one was clear why she was given the credit. Accordingly, this should not be under the ‘Designs by Women’ category. Hope this helps.

  3. Thank you, Judy, it’s appreciated. Since this credit is stated on the sleeve, I’ll let it stand here. But I have added a note to the text that it’s disputed. Maybe “cover by Diana Fawcett” means that it was her who pitched the idea to shoot the band standing in the ladies’ underwear section. And the layout and typography was then done at the graphics company you mention.

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