Sound and Vision is a new segment on our platform dedicated to exploring one piece of substantial album artwork every Sunday. Album artwork is one of the primary ways that musicians and visual artists are able to collaborate, and many iconic album covers are simultaneously iconic pieces of pop art. They also provide an excuse for us to share some of our favorite albums, and the visual component behind what makes an album groundbreaking and fun.
Green Day, Dookie
Art by Richie Bucher
Green Day’s 1994 major-label debut Dookie launched the Berkeley-based punk band to superstardom. To accompany their angry, crass, proto-pop-punk composition, they enlisted the help of East Bay scene mainstay Richie Bucher to create the album artwork, which features bombs dropping on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue a cast of eclectic characters that could be found there in the early 90s, a lot of different animals throwing literal shit at people, and even Angus Young of AC/DC.