New York: Lust / Unlust, 1977-1978. Archive of artwork, photography, overlays, and layout design for the vinyl 45 RPM single release of Alex Chilton's "Bangkok" b/w "Can't Seem to Make You Mine." Includes the original silver gelatin photograph used for the cover artwork, with a credit for the photography studio at 30 St. Marks Place in New York City rubber-stamped in red on the verso. Included is a copy of the resulting 7-inch record in its picture sleeve as issued.
Recorded in 1977, and released in 1978 on Charles Ball's Lust/Unlust label, with the "Fun" label (a design gleefully appropriating Sam Phillips' "Sun" Records logo) applied as a joke.
A classic single from the New York underground scene, recorded during Chilton's New York residency of the late 1970s, combining his experimental instincts with a rockabilly/no wave aesthetic. The A-side, "Bangkok," stands as one of Chilton's most irresistible and infectious rock songs, making famous reference to Johnny Thunders' "Chinese Rocks." The B-side, a warbly, warped deconstruction of a 1965 recording by the American psychedelic pop band The Seeds, is more along the lines of Chilton's 1977 EP, "The Singer Not the Song," and the magnum opus LP that would follow, "Like Flies on Sherbert."
Layout materials: Layout 16.75 x 21 inches, Gelatin Photograph 9.25 x 8 inches, Overlay 9 x 6.75 inches, Two Proofs 11 x 8.5 inches each. Very Good to Near Fine. 7-inch record, 7 x 7 inches. Near Fine in a Very Good example of the original picture sleeve.