SONGS FOR THE DEAF redesign

ART DIRECTION

Keith Greiman + Scott Laserow

Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf is one of the most famous albums in modern rock . For this project, I decided to move in an illustrative direction that the band has been doing on its recent three records. Since Song’s stark red and black cover is iconic, it was imperative to me to maintain that aesthetic in the redesign. The album tells a loose story through fake radio stations while driving from LA into the California desert. That narrative became the main inspiration for the artwork.

The sleeves contain the lyrics of each disc along with a spot illustration taken from the cover to tie everything together. The “HA HA’s” hidden in the background reference the album’s end, which contains the members laughing maniacally to the tune of one their songs.

This album is unique in that there is no one  “lead singer”, there are three who rotate through every song (backed by an incredible drumming performance). To emphasize how important each member is to the album, I decided to take the spotlight in the illustration, but chose to present it in a unique way.   Turning the members to skeletons shows how the band embraces the campy aspects of rock imagery. The wanted posters invoke more desert imagery that is so essential to the band’s identity. 

The end result is a different approach to Songs for the Deaf while still keeping both the albums and Queens of the Stone Age’s essence.