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Ukulele ‘anti-society’ the pUKEs and music photographer Diana More have re-created 12 iconic punk album sleeves as a tribute to the bands who changed their lives. The sleeves, which show members of the pUKEs in similar poses to the original band members, have been made into a limited edition 2012 calendar.
Album covers which have been ‘pUKEd’ include The Clash’s London Calling, Blondie’s Parallel Lines and the Damned and Ramones’ first albums.
The pUKEs formed in London in January 2011 to play punk classics on the ukulele. With their unique approach to songs by the likes of Exploited, Dead Kennedys, Xray Spex and Cock Sparrer they soon found themselves in demand, playing gigs most weekends.
Clara Wiseman from the pUKEs, who lives in Norwich, said: “The calendar and exhibition are dedicated to the bands who have inspired us, influenced us, challenged and us and given us so many fun times over the years. We had a lot of fun on the photo shoot, especially with the cream cakes on the Damned cover. We play our own versions of punk songs on ukuleles and thought it would interesting to have a go at the sleeve art too.”
The photographs were taken by Diana More, on location around London and in her East London studio. pUKE member and graphic designer Lorna Tiefholz took care of the artwork.
The pUKEs Calendar 2012 and individual prints are available priced £10 from www.thepukes.co.uk from 19 November 2011.