Stereophonics: Album Cover

kccoalbum So… @popjustice received an early copy of the album in the post, and posted the image as a Twitpic!

Stereophonics: Keep Calm and Carry On

As I blogged about the forthcoming album from the Stereophonics earlier (which rocketed my blog reader-count), great to see this now!

Glad to see that they’ve used the original design as their poster cover, I do believe. I’m going to have to get a copy of the album now… and a real one, rather than an iTunes download!

Stereophonics boost KCCO Visitor Count


Wow, I was wondering why my blog stats had shot up (aside from my blog post about the Loire Valley, which for some reason gets me the most visitors every day – if you’re one of them, I hope you find some other interesting information on this blog!), and saw it was coming through on the Stereophonics post, re: their new album “Keep Calm and Carry On”, so I checked Google, and, despite only posting 6 hours ago, I’m top of the search in Google for “Stereophonics Keep Calm and Carry On” – amazing work by Google! Who knows how long it will stay like that, but…

Quoted in the Independent

IndependentExtract from John Rentoul Blog:

According to a remarkable PhD thesis by Rebecca Lewis:

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was printed and held in reserve for when the necessity arose, for example, a severe air-raid, although it was never actually displayed.

Lewis does not say why it was held back. It may be that the tone seemed right before the German tanks rolled into Poland, but that, once the war had actually begun, it lacked the sense of urgency demanded by the premonition of total war.

But she does quote from contemporary evidence that the two posters that were used were widely disparaged. According to Mass-Observation:

‘Your Courage’ was the second most-mentioned remembered slogan … it still existed everywhere, and was deemed mostly annoying and inappropriate for the wartime situation. The wording of ‘Your Courage … will bring us victory’ was criticised. There was some evidence the combination of ‘your’ and ‘us’ ‘suggested to many people that they were being encouraged to work for someone else’, with the ‘your’ referring to the civilian, the ‘us’ to the Government … ‘Freedom is in Peril’ was also deemed ineffective, blamed on ‘the abstractness of the words, not one of which had any popular appeal’.

“Freedom is in Peril” has also enjoyed a bit of postmodern popularity, partly in the wake of the “Keep Calm” fashion. But it wasn’t taken at face value at the time:

The Times had described the posters as ‘egregious and unnecessary exhortations’, ‘insipid and patronising invocations’, which were unneeded and wasteful of funds, comparing the posters unfavourably to those produced by the French.

Read the full blog entry.

Note: Yes, I am catching up on the summer’s Google Alerts!

Christie’s Poster Auction: Tomorrow

Christies Poster AuctionTravel and Vintage Posters (SALE 5874)

You can register to purchase these posters online until today (8th September). I, personally, don’t have the money for such things, but I’m sure there are others who have! there’s a couple of wartime posters in there, notably a couple of Fougasse and H.M. Bateman designs.

Thanks for the notification from IanVisits

Herbert Mayo Bateman (b.1887; d.1970)

Born in Australia to English parents who owned an export and packing business, at the age of two Bateman’s family returned to England. Bateman studied at the Westminster School of Art, Goldsmith’s College at New Cross, and with Charles van Havenmaet. His first cartoons appeared in The Royal Magazine and The Tatler. He began contributing to Punch Magazine in 1906, and in 1912 did a weekly series of sketches for the theatre page of the Sketch. Prior to the First World War, Bateman belonged to the London Sketch Club, who would meet to sketch and discuss sketches. Advertiser’s Weekly noted that Bateman’s work was ideally suited for double-crown posters as the work was dependent upon detail, ‘the exact expression on a face, the objects on a dressing-table’, etc. At the age of 21 he had to decide between comic art work or full-time painting. Advertiser’s Weekly considered Bateman’s decision to continue with cartoons as important, although his work would have not been as familiar to advertising students as David Langdon or Bert Thomas, despite previous work for Guinness and Lloyd’s Bondman Tobacco.Invalided out of the First World War in 1915, having spent time with the London Regiment, Bateman became known for his cartoons for Punch. In the twenties and thirties Bateman made his name through The Tatler, The Sketch and The Bystander, specialising in the depiction of angry outrage caused by anti-social or unthinking behaviour: ‘His cartoons, typified in The Man Who… series, depict with frenzied exaggeration the uproar caused by social bloomers.’ Between the wars he worked on film and poster advertisements for firms such as Lucky Strike, Guinness, and Moss Bros. Bateman is described as one of the first graphic artists to adopt a cinematic approach. One critic argued that the Bateman episodic format was “closely parallelled in the silent movie, such as the slow build up to a climax or denouement, and a new emphasis on gesture and facial expression”. In the Second World War, Bateman designed posters for the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Air Production, and the Ministry of Health, including his most famous posters: ‘Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases’. Bateman published several books including A Book of Drawings (1921), More Drawings (1922), Bateman(1931) The Art of Caricature (1936) and On the Move in England (1940). Henry Mayo Bateman died in 1970.

Information taken from: ‘Henry M. Bateman’,; Darracott, J. and Loftus, B., Second World War Posters, 1981, p.20; ‘Herbert Mayo Bateman’, Poster Database, London Transport Museum; ‘Artist Who Got A Poster Idea While Running for a Bus’, Advertiser’s Weekly, April 13 1944, p.44; Farman, J.,; Caption on exhibit E.158-1973, displayed at the Power of the Poster exhibition, held at the V&A, 1997.

Related Texts:
H.M.BatemanH.M.Bateman, 2001
Bateman’s most famous drawing “The Man Who…” series of social gaffes and faux pas first appeared in “Tatler” in 1912. Working in pencil, pen, ink and water-colour, he was a master of the cartoon story without words. “The Prion Cartoon Classics” are an on-going series show-casing the finest and funniest comic cartoonists of the 20th century from Britain, Europe and the United States. (Taken from Amazon)Jensen, J. (ed.),  The Man Who…and Other Drawings, 1975/1991; The Best of H.M. Bateman, 1987; The Man Who Was H. M. Bateman, 1982; Bateman, H.M., H.M. Bateman by Himself, 1937; Bateman, M., The Man Who Drew the Twentieth Century, 1969.

Related Links:H.M. Bateman, Cartoonist

Stereophonics: Keep Calm and Carry On

StereophonicsThe Stereophonics album ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ will be released on 16th November 2009.

In advance, the band will be playing a special one-off gig at Cardiff Castle on Saturday 3rd October, previewing a number of songs from this album (no artwork yet available, I’ll be really interested to see if they use the poster design).

The band first headlined the castle back in 1998 in front of 10,000 people and in keeping with this they’re selling tickets at the exact same price for the afternoon show – at £12.50 each.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 9th September) on, first-come, first-served.

Interesting to see the Stereophonics use of social media, and would love to see why they decided to call their album this, or just knew it would get them lots of publicity! Clutch have also used the words in lyrics, although this article explains why.

Guardian Article: “Ronseal Records

Thanks for the comment, led to: “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?  There’s a poster that somebody bought the other day which said “keep calm and carry on”. That’s a bit of good advice, especially for us. That sums up our life.”


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