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Biffy Clyro

Only Revolutions

By Storm Thorgerson

Signed by: Storm Thorgerson


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Only Revolutions


Only Revolutions


About Only Revolutions

An epic original archival inkjet print which is no longer available on the primary market. Call to enquire. Storm Thorgerson returned to the artwork he produced for Biffy Clyro's Only Revolutions for this edition, which was printed in stunning detail (as always when Rockarchive's master printer Stuart Nicholls is responsible) onto a beautiful Hahnemühle paper. Storm said that although every technological era spawns its own limitations, "if music is big, as I see it, then all the images and designs that I may do or somebody else may do are endeavouring to be big as well. A walk through the aisles of a large cd retailer is entirely different to that of flicking through a box of lps, and the success of Storm's design for Biffy Clyro's Only Revolutions is such that it leaps out at you from a distance, and conveys the hugeness of the sound they make to the passer by, to the punter." The band themselves said, "It's a bit of a dream come true to have somebody like Storm Thorgerson do your artwork, considering his history and all the bands he has worked with, so we are really proud to be collaborating with him and looking at his great ideas. He just wanted to communicate with us so hear the music at really early stages, he wanted all the lyrics, he wanted to know exactly what each song was about. What came out of their conversations was a dramatic scene of two figures, a fire and two huge flags; elements resonant of both patriotism and revolution." Storm himself describes it best: "Only Revolutions was the title and apart from revolving records perhaps Biffy thought that real change could only be effected by drastic means, namely revolution, and flags play a strong revolutionary role, enormous flags even more so. Enormous flags for enormous music; enormous flags to represent the enormous inner feelings of couples in conflict, the subject of many of the songs. Huge flags make great shapes and literally wonderful sounds when flapping in the wind. Despite continuing bad weather we tethered the large flags to a scaffold tower secured by numerous guy ropes and let the wind do its thing (when I say large I mean big enough to engulf a house). In retrospect the bad weather was a blessing for us because the wind came with the rain and grey skies and blew the flags of its own accord forming grotesque yet elegant shapes, changing, enfolding, continuously reforming, resembling creatures - birds, fish, elephants even aeroplanes and innumerable abstract shapes continually different... truly a wonder to behold. Even the colours remained vivid in the shitty conditions on top of a hill in Bedfordshire. All in all it worked a treat - one of the best things we have ever done, in my ever so humble opinion, my only regret being I didn't film it in slow motion... maybe another day."




Biffy Clyro

Designed by:

Storm Thorgerson

Signed by:

Storm Thorgerson

Limited edition of:


Printed by:

Storm Thorgerson, London, UK


Archival Inkjet

Image size:

25 x 18.5 inches

Paper size:

33.5 x 24 inches