H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

H.R. Giger: Debbie Harry Metamorphosis: Creating the Visual Concept for KooKoo

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The fantastical videos for two of the tracks on the album, 'Backfired' and 'Now I Know you Know,' featured Giger himself piercing an Egyptian sarcophagus and a newly brunette Harry reimagined as a xenomorphic Giger creature.

The poster is artistic,” snapped Debbie, “Giger was having acupuncture treatment when I asked him to design the poster. It was a match of rock and sci-fi, something the MTV generation had seen everywhere from a Dire Strait famous music video to David Bowie’s Starman and Major Tom and nearly everything about Devo. His “biomechanik” artwork, sculptures, and storage drawers are wall-to-wall, his book collection haphazardly stacked on shelves and in the bathtub, (real) skulls are tucked into nooks and crannies, a set of doors inside the modest front door is covered with paintings of his trademark human-alien hybrid characters, and an Academy Award is filed between dusty objects on another shelf.R. Giger and to see Chris’ photographic record of KooKoo finally published,” Harry said in a statement. Giger noted the meeting and once said: “There I was introduced to a very beautiful woman, Debbie Harry, the singer of the group Blondie, and her boyfriend, Chris Stein. It is a curious project, where beauty combines with pain and life with death, just like in all visionary pieces made by Giger. Their first two albums contained strong elements of punk and new wave, and although highly successful in the UK and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the US until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978.

After attending college, she worked various jobs—as a dancer, a Playboy Bunny and a secretary (including at the BBC in New York)—before her breakthrough in the music industry. With an introduction by Debbie Harry, the book is a must for fans of Blondie, the punk rock scene, science fiction history, and all things 1980s. However, Giger was a fan of jazz rather than pop music, so he didn’t know much about Blondie, Harry, or their sonic output.Stein’s photographs expands on the previously released peeks into Giger’s lavish, fabulously creepy home, built like an old abandoned grotto, centered around Giger’s horror paintings and statues, complete with dark corridors, and those eerie squeaky doors and stairs of a recluse’s hovel in a vine-covered corner where the artist acknowledged being scared by his own Alien creature while walking at night in the dark. The artist put four spikes through her neck, cheeks and temple, which meant to symbolize the four elements of nature. Afterward, he worked with harder-edged bands, including Celtic Frost, Carcass, Danzig, and Triptykon. MORE BLONDIE: “Phil Spector Answered The Door With A Colt 45 In One Hand And A Bottle Of Wine In The Other…” Blondie Interviewed!

Chris Stein adds to his 21st Century work as a coffee table book author and a rock and roll photographer of the 70s and 80s and beyond Rare photos of the process of making Koo Koos album artwork and videos plus sessions that didn't make it to public attention.

Giger had been the set designer on the film, creating a series of erotic and symbolic images that were at once both terrifying and strangely beautiful. Harry continued to appear in independent films throughout the 2000s, including Deuces Wild (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008). The reason for this outrage was printed on the cover: a large portrait of Debbie Harry with her face skewered by a number of overlarge acupuncture needles. It continues with photos of the studio, work-in-progress Polaroids by Giger and his crew, and Giger’s drawings.



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