Magnum in the Millennium
Magnum are a highly collectible band, as you might expect with their ascendancy in the 1980s coinciding with a burgeoning market for shaped and coloured vinyl, 12″ singles, picture sleeves, and bonus tracks.
And of course there is always something interesting on the merch stand including shirts, jackets, posters, tour programmes, badges, key rings, patches or head-wear. For many years Bob Catley’s mum Ollie ran what was effectively the Magnum fan club providing hand written letters to the faithful and keeping them informed in the days before social media. In the 1990s there was an official magazine ‘NiteLight’.
Photo: Simon Dunkerley
The band have always had a strong visual dimension and in the past twenty years, fans have been able to buy art prints from album artist Rodney Matthews who has also attended several launch events.
I first contacted Magnum in 1980 just in time to design their ‘Chase The Dragon’ cover. This, incidentally, was originally titled ‘The Spirit’ and was supposed to be a gatefold cover with my illustration ‘Sanctuary’ being the centrefold image. Jet Records went cheap on us!
Magnum went on to commission more illustrations from me than any other band I’ve worked for and Tony Clarkin in particular became a good friend. He usually had a good idea of what sort of design he wanted and usually proceeded to scribble an idea on the proverbial beer mat!
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The Vigilante Tour T-Shirt, 1986
“The Spirit” Beer Mat, 1991 advertising album and tour
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