Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vision - In The Blink Of An Eye cover shot


Vision at Rutgers Scott Hall, New Brunswick NJ, 10/29/1988, Photo: Ken Salerno

I've posted about this show time and time again, easily one of the best shows I have ever seen. In my opinion, Vision were in their prime and at the top of their game at this point. The "Undiscovered" 7" had recently been released and let me tell you, what a great slab of vinyl. To this day, that "Undiscovered" 7" remains my favorite Vision release and one of my favorite hardcore 7"s ever. The crowd at this show on this cold October night in 1988 seemed to share the same sentiments as myself. I remember people singing along to what seemed like every word and the energy was at an all time high.

Following the "Undiscovered" 7" was the "In The Blink Of An Eye" LP on Nemisis Records. Most definitely a more than worthy follow up to a flawless 7". Ken Salerno, who was a friend of the band and shot them countless times captured what was to be the cover shot for the "In The Blink Of An Eye" LP. Going with what I would assume to be the "artsy" route, Vision decided to slice up the photo with big, thick black bars. Although for the time it was different and definitely interesting, it did leave a lot of people yearning to see the original photo in its entirety. With the exception of the 1989 Vision tour shirts, I'm pretty sure this is the first place you can really see what was going on in this classic photo... pure New Jersey Hardcore at its finest.

Hopefully at some point we here at DCXX can push this site into some sort of printed format. When that does happen, we can assure you we'll have this photo printed large and in all its glory. For now hopefully you can at least appreciate it a little more seeing it here, as small as it might be. Of course a huge thank you goes out to Ken Salerno once again for supplying us with the best HC photography anyone could ask for. -Tim DCXX

PS: If anyone happens to have an original Vision 1989 tour shirt and wouldn't mind parting ways with it, get in touch, I've been without one for far too long.

10 comments:

-cja said...
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-cja said...

fun fact: this album's cover was modeled after the Stiff Little Fingers 'nobody's heroes' cover art (reference the UK version with the bars). if you tilt the album away and forward of you (almost at a 90deg angle) by the bottom of the cover, it will read 'nobody's heroes'. i'm not sure if the Vision album does the same (yet reading 'in the blink...') and i don't have my Vision LPs handy to check.

Brett Hardware said...

Tim,

You have to email me a large version of that pic. I can identify Albi and Gary Fabiano but I bet we can find more people in there. I have to be in there somewhere!

DOUBLE CROSS said...

Brett,
Will do. I'll shoot it to you when I get out of work today. -Tim

Amigos De Los Monos said...

This is a great zine and brings back a lot of memories. This site might look like "SXE and Nothing but Straight Edge", but at the core it's a classic hardcore fanzine. Great Job!

I would be interested in a piece on SXE/ Hardcore slogans from the early 80s until today. I am definitely not big on a lot of the hardcore that came out after '94, but am curious if their are any other slogan's that have eclipsed the timelessness of "True Til' Death", "Positive Outlook", etc. it just feels like (from a current outsider)nothing has replaced these in twenty years.

chad said...

no close-up pic of that sweet sweet mullet on the back cover? hehe

but seriously, would be cool to post comparative pics of the back cover and the very 1st vision 7" that has a similar band shot taken from the same angle.

Brett Hardware said...

Chad, Dave was the only memeber who played on both the first 7" and the LP. Not too much comparing to do, he looked almost the same.

Marko said...

I bought this LP at a record swap meet a few years back.

Anonymous said...

Vision live on WFMU 1990 ! One of the best intros ever !!! I still have my tape of that show.

Also in regards to the 1989 tour t-shirt and the hardcore slogans comments - How about 'We will never forget who are friends are'

t-edge said...

VISION, another band I wish I could have seen back then. Also, I just noticed the cover art for the album actually really looks like a barcode, from far away, since the bars are all different widths and there is a big gap in the bottom of the picture (where the name of the album is usually written, what makes it look even more like a barcode (see the other version of the sleeve)). If i'm not mistaken, barcodes were introduced more widely to packagings during that time period. Coincidence? It's just funny I never noticed before, did any of you ever made the parralel. There is the other version of the album cover that looks even more like a barcode: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000005FNP.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg