07
May
10

ron cobb makes an LP,


Cobb's album cover for Jefferson Airplane

Hi All it has been a while since we have had a Ron Cobb update, and I finally got the art for this one to share with you today. Way back in 1967 Jefferson Airplane released an album called “bathing at Baxter’s and featured an awesome piece of art by no other than Mr. Ron Cobb. The painting has such classic 60′s look and feel and could easily pass for concept work for films such as “The Great Race”, or “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”. Who would have thought that a young Dan OBannon would be jamming to this album and then one day in the future tracking down Ron to work on his first film “Dark Star”, from their on Cobb’s would become the SCI -FI , and Fantasy legend he is today and it all started with MUSIC. Another interesting fact about Cobb and Music happened almost 20 years later in 1985. ZZ TOPP’s album “AfterBurner” had just been released and featured a song called “Rough Boy” For the Music video Ron was contacted to art direct the video and the theme was an orbital car wash and featured some ground breaking motion control VFX work that debuted in this 3 and a half minute video. I remember  watching the MTV music awards one night and amongst all the long haired wild rockers on stage there was a man who looked very much like he was at the wrong place… It wound up being Ron Cobb winning the MTV award for best art direction on a music video, HAAAA what an awesome moment in TV history,,,,, Below is the link to the video. great song, with a very 80′s feel and of coarse some brilliant design work by Cobb, and spectacular miniatures by the  world famous Mark Stetson. Stetson started in the movie bizz as a model maker on ‘Star Trek” the Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, then moving on to having his own shop called,  Stetson Visual Services, to becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor with some brilliant work on “Superman Returns”  So with that enjoy “Rough Boy” What a great flash back to a magical time. Last I checked the Cobb site is still not up and working, Hopefully one day!!!!! as we all wait with baited breath!!!!

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7 Responses to “ron cobb makes an LP,”


  1. 1 Buckaroohawk
    May 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

    What do you mean “way back in 1967″? That’s the year I was born!!!

    My father still has that Jefferson Airplane album. I love looking at the cover. It’s so intricate, with extremely fine details yet it has such a whimsical quality to it.

  2. 6 deg
    May 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Ha, remember those movies! I used to LOVE The Great Race and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, no doubt! I did know JA, but never bought any of their albums. But I do recall that ZZ Top video for sure. I remember liking it at the time, as heck, it was laden with space VFX! And a shuttle version of the ZZ Top ’34 Ford Coupe, what’s not to like?! Great art direction, no doubt! :)

    Side note: I remember I used to love the ’34 Ford Coupe the first time I saw it in a little Wednesday Night ABC (IIRC) TV movie with Martin Sheen called, The California Kid. Remember that one, Sept, 25th, 1974? It also had Vic Morrow, and Nick Nolte in it!

    peace & bananas | deg

  3. 7 Matt Boardman
    May 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Can’t say that I’ve listened to Jefferson Airplane (it’s possible that I have and just didn’t know it) but I love ZZ Top! What a great song and video! I suppose it goes to show that you never know where the road will take you! :D


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