10. Odelay (1996)
Design by Beck Hansen and Robert Fisher
Look up in the sky. It’s a mop. It’s a throw rug. No, it’s a Komondor. The airborne dog, a Hungarian breed with matted, cord-like fur, provoked a lot of “Huh?”s when this landmark album was released.
Which was exactly what Beck hoped for. A quirky artist who often relies on found objects and unintentional mistakes to inform his process, Beck stumbled on the Komondor picture in a vintage book of dog breeds.
Art director Robert Fisher said, “The photo was taken by a famous dog photographer called Ludwig, who lived a few blocks from the office. She was in her late seventies, and was enthusiastic to have a visitor.
“Beck felt that it was kind of ambiguous, unrelated to the music, and was chosen almost at random. The viewer could read into the cover whatever they wanted. Odelay also sounded a bit like a dog command.”
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