A Magical Rainbow Of Album Covers

Sep 9th, 2008 // 17 Comments

ipodcolorschemesmall.jpgThe above photo of the new line of iPod Nanos brought out this comment from Maura: “This is what happens when you’re the type of person who arranges your CDs by color.” I wondered if I could do any better, especially because the Calvin Harris selection was a particular affront.

Here is the photo in its full-size glory:


James Blunt? Someone at Apple couldn’t think of a better album with a blue cover than the debut by James Blunt? In an effort to help out whoever’s designing Apple’s next presentation, here are my selections for album covers that match the iPod Nano’s new color line. (I decided to leave out black and silver, because those should be gimmes.)

Blue: The Avalanches, Since I Left You


Green: Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap


Yellow: De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising


Orange: Broadcast, Work And Non Work


Pink: Sunny Day Real Estate, LP2


Red: Gang of Four, Entertainment!


I give up on purple. The first Smiths album? I have no idea.

  1. cfitzrandolph


  2. Anonymous

    Purple Rain?

  3. Michaelangelo Matos

    1999, duh.

  4. NoOneCaresAboutYourFuckingBlog

    I arrange my CDs by color…well, the ones that are actually arranged anyway. It makes one of my CD shelves actually look sorta pretty (compared to the ugliness of the others, anyway).

  5. Mike P.

    For blue, I would’ve gone with Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain, or — big duh — Joni Mitchell’s Blue.

  6. Chris N.

    The Fluid has this covered:


  7. bcapirigi

    i vote for lil mama for purple.

  8. natepatrin

    Ditch Sunny Day Real Estate for Boris and I’m on board.

  9. Hamster-Style

    Blue should definitely be Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning.’

  10. spankyjoe

    Purple – Era Vulgaris, Queens of the Stone Age.

  11. spankyjoe


    I like the cut of your jib.

  12. Chris Molanphy

    I support all of your choices, Dan (esp. Avalanches! word!) with one switch: I’d put Belle and Sebastian on the orange iPod (If You’re Feeling Sinister) and replace the green iPod screen with the Housemartins’ London 0 Hull 4.

  13. righteousmaelstrom

    @Chris Molanphy:

    “and replace the green iPod screen with the Housemartins’ London 0 Hull 4.”


  14. futurehorse

    @Chris Molanphy: I always though If You’re Feeling Sinister was red though? I suck with colors (thanks Dad!), but I’ve never thought that record was orange in the slightest.

    Oh, and as much as I love SDRE, I think I’d have to take Loveless as the pink record.

  15. Thierry

    How long before Weezer comes out with its line of iPods?

  16. TheRunningboard7

    how about sigur ros- Von for purple?

  17. Anonymous

    If the Apple folks are going for eternal hipness, maybe MBV’s Loveless for pink and PiL’s metal Box for Silver. You’re right: purple is a stumper. Maybe Eskimo by the Residents?

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