The use of herbal gratification was a daily occurrence in North West England. The Hacienda in Manchester was in full bloom and all over the UK people were raving like society had never seen before. And The Stone Roses had just played Spike Island down the road from where I lived. I would spend a lot of time, wasting my time inside acquaintances dull bedrooms listening to music, but the music was a revelation. Hearing Stop Making Sense for the first time was really fresh and Hatful of Hollow and in particular Jonny Marr’s guitar playing.
It was so rich and evocative of older country music with his use of the effect pedals. Amid the dullness and inactivity, my friend and ardent record collector pulled out a copy of Power, Corruption and Lies. The romantic painting of flowers and the signature Factory Records block colours down the edge of the album sleeve really stood out for it’s serene beauty. He’d reveal so many great album sleeves, Masters of the Universe, Fear of Music with it’s embossed embellishments, Wish you were here and the artwork of Yes and Roger Dean.