Bryan Hemming

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Mike Fab-Gere and the Permissive Society

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For a series of more recent psychedelic images I produced over the fast few years click here.

A long time ago, before I became a poor writer (take that whichever way you please) I was, among other things, a poor graphic designer, in the financial sense.

Mike Fab Gere WP

To brighten up your Sunday morning, or to blind some of you permanently if you spent to much time on the grog last night, I Have chosen to feature this old CD design I did for Mike Fab-Gere and The Permissive Society for my picture of the week.

It was one of two  designs I did for the band, the other had more a Beatles magical mystery tour flavour, a portion of which can be viewed above. Mike Southon, the real name of the lead singer, who is now a succesful entrepeneur, has been kind enough to send me copies of the printed designs after I contacted him recently.

For the techinically minded amongst you, it was in the days before PCs, and I had to draw it by hand,  virtually actual size (CD size) doing each colour separation as acurately as possible working in a dark London room without studio equipment. It was good to see it again, and I hope some of the rest of you enjoy it.  And If you click onto the image you will see the original intention was to make it virtually impossible to work out it was a picture of a singer if you took away the black parts of the image that make up the glasses, moustache and nouth. I can proudly boast Rebecca, my household neighbour, told my other design became a cult poster among Northern English universities and colleges. She said they sold out at every gig. I like to believe it’s true. if anyone has a copy or photo I would love them to get in touch with me.

Fans of Mike Fab-Gere and The Permissivie Society will know they were incredibly popular on the Northern English College and University circuit. More of a cover band than a tribute band, you can see why by clicking on the youtube clip above.


One comment on “Mike Fab-Gere and the Permissive Society

  1. Bryan Hemming
    August 8, 2013

    This one was drawn completely by hand. Separations for each colour were carried out using black ink on flim. This tyoe of media was incredibly difficult to work with.


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