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Key to Distressed Gentlefolk sleeve
Griffon... - Michigan - 27Oct2005 4:22 PM
Anyone know the identity of the people on the Distressed Gentlefolk sleeve? Here's a start from starting with upper left and going in concentric spiral clockwise (numbered by go-round, guesses described without name - most all except obvious are guesses and didn't check spelling):

1: Buster Keaton, bearded man, black female, young man, Allen Ginsberg, Judy Garland (below), African man, Bela Lugosi, man in profile, Marianne Faithful, older man, smiling woman, closely shaved man, buffalo, Richard Burton, bearded man2, coiffed man, puppet man, collared man, Indian chief, scarfed man, wrinkled man

2: Vincent Van Gogh, sunglassed man, Syd Barrett, moustachioed man, Dylan Thomas, white shirted man, shakespeare looking man, queenly woman, Oscar Wilde, African man2, Patty Hearst, Trotsky (no couldn't be), Billie Holiday, smoking man, engraved mustachioed man, George Orwell and child, cat people orchestra

3: Rainer Fassbinder, Brian Wilson (below), tortured cat, eye-rolling man, Janis Joplin, bespectacled man, Charlie "Bird" Parker, smiling man in profile

That's all for now. Any help or insight as to inspiration would be appreciated.

Distressed Gentlefolk
you... - Dolydoodles - Uof K - 19Mar2004 1:04 PM
I think this is a Fine album. Just found it again (once in a while I dust off the old vinyls and crank up the Leak) and I'm back in my carefree teenage years - ahh bliss.

This is the only JB album I posess (or have heard) so I'm kind of scared of destroying the illusion - since the JB's comments about this album are mostly dirogatory, does this mean that The rest of the discography rises to even giddyer heights of brilliance, or won't I like them at all?

Anyway, thanks for this one - even if the rest turn out to be pants!

distressing gentlefolk
tango795... - marco, torino, italy, 7/3/04 - 7Mar2004 1:30 AM
i've always had a soft spot for the butch (and Max!). to me DF is maybe not the wittier but the most wholesome record they made. some great ballads, a good dose of humour (hungarian love song) and some near-Lear nonsense. maybe a trifle too polished, but it has been my mantra for ages and I can't betray it now (or never).

you... - 30Nov2003 11:31 AM
OK, I can see that. But as a big fan, it all seemed like a very good in-joke. I loved it. I still think "Buffalo Shame" is the best dual-purpose children's song/80's obscure alternative song I know.

To me it's Christmas
howtired... - Como, Italy - 12Aug2002 4:22 PM
Ok, maybe it's just me, but I think of "Distressed Gentlefolk" as a great Christmas record. I must have bought it on Christmas Eve and listened to it all the way to new year's Eve, and always found it wonderful. I still think it's one of the finest 80s records in my collection. And most of my friends don't even know what it is, which is cool :)