Q Magazine’s 20th-Anniversary Covers: What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

Sep 29th, 2006 // 9 Comments

British Dad-rock bible Q is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, they’ve made 20 covers for the commemorative issue, which hits stands in the UK tomorrow. When the above picture of all 20 covers crossed our transom this morning, we had a, shall we say, strong reaction to it–for a publication that claims to be “at the forefront of credible music,” it seems like a few credibility gaps are woefully apparent in this picture. We’re wondering: What sticks out most to you?

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  1. skinny412

    david gilmour looks like dame judy dench. jimmy page looks like he’s running for senate in 1988.

  2. Nicolars

    Seriously, it looks like an Aphex Twin album cover.

  3. Leto

    Just when you thought Britney’s Vanity Fair cover wasn’t enough…

  4. h. ross piroshky

    yikes! that’s a gnarly photo of richard ashcroft. it’s like a howard stern/joey ramone “if they mated”.

  5. mishaps

    I was going to vote for “too many old white dudes, not enough women of any race.” But that’s not a listed option.

  6. AcidReign

    …..No one even knows who Jimmy Page is anymore. Of course, he hasn’t really ripped it up since Physical Graffiti, 26 years ago. No big surprise. Still, I felt it was offensive. Guy was my hero, and I plopped down wasted a LOT of times at the midnight movie watching the Song Remains the Same…

  7. Bon Jour, Pee Wee

    Keith Richards looks like the grim reaper.

  8. AcidReign

    …..I have to agree about the violin-bow thing. And of course, all us young impressionable guitar-hero-wanna-be’s had to go rip off a bow and try it at home. It’s the sort of thing that will have your parents putting arsenic in your supper! That, and imitating Ted Nugent’s feedback on Double-Live Gonzo…

    …..I was into Pagey’s monster riffs, the cool chords he used on stuff like the Rain Song, and the great old-time blues standards that he ripped off note-for-note.

  9. snark

    I worked on the Led Zep DVD a few years ago and, while watching some performance rushes with Jimmy Page, I told him that playing the guitar with a violin bow sounded shit back then and it still sounds shit now. His reaction wasn’t exactly the one you’d expect from a mid-level paper-mill manager from Slough. More a compendium of all the rude words they didn’t print in the English Oxford Dictionary For Children. Yeah, I’d say he’s still got it in him…

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