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Roxette – Look Sharp! album cover

Contributed by Thomas Evensson on May 28th, 2021. Artwork published in
October 1988
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Front cover of the orignal vinyl release with 12 songs.
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Front cover of the orignal vinyl release with 12 songs.

An iconic sleeve from Roxette’s break-thru album Look Sharp!, featuring all-caps Franklin Gothic Condensed for the title. “The Daily Roxette” is in Modern No. 20 or similar. Many claimed that the newspaper idea was stolen from the Guns N’ Roses album G N’ R Lies (November 1988), but in fact Roxette came first. EMI, and the band, wanted Roxette to look like they already were super famous, so they gathered most of the employees from EMI Svenska AB and a few select friends to shoot the sleeve. Roxette’s manager Marie Dimberg put all the copy together. Also the date is wrong, supposedly the album was to be released October 19, but was actually released the 22.

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Cover of a later pressing with an added 13th track, “(I Could Never) Give You Up”, as hinted at in the text at the bottom of the photograph. The italic fat face is probably  Italic.
Mikael Jansson. License: All Rights Reserved.

Cover of a later pressing with an added 13th track, “(I Could Never) Give You Up”, as hinted at in the text at the bottom of the photograph. The italic fat face is probably Annlie Italic.

Cassette cover (Spain), additionally featuring  and  for “Radio ROX” and the “show” titles.
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Cassette cover (Spain), additionally featuring Park Avenue and ITC Fat Face for “Radio ROX” and the “show” titles.

Cassette cover (Spain)
Source: caratulasdecassettes.blogspot.com Scan: Juanjo Llanas. License: All Rights Reserved.

Cassette cover (Spain)

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  • Franklin Gothic
  • Modern No. 20
  • Times
  • Annlie
  • Park Avenue
  • ITC Fat Face

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2 Comments on “Roxette – Look Sharp! album cover”

  1. Radu Cernuta says:
    Feb 25th, 2024 9:57 am

    To my knowledge, the newspaper idea is slightly older.

    Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine 1980

    Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick 1972

  2. See also this Set: record cover as newspaper

    The oldest one so far is S. Neil Fujita’s design for Dave Brubeck at Storyville: 1954.

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