In 1979, fresh from art college, David Storey joined Chrysalis Records, first as a record cover artist and later as art director. His best known work from this period are the designs he produced for the cult ska band The Specials and their label 2 Tone (created in partnership with John 'Teflon' Sims and under the creative direction of Jerry Dammers).
Understandably David's work for 2 Tone led to other music industry commissions including designs for: The Housemartins, The Lightning Seeds, Blondie, Pere Ubu, The Gun Club, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, UB40, Robert Wyatt, Stiff Little Fingers and Norman Cook.
The language of David's record cover designs is closely associated with the popular youth culture in the UK during the 1980s, a time when music was still handmade and when the 12 inch record format was king.
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott's album 'What Have We Become' with cover art by David Storey.
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott's new album 'Wisdom, Laughter and Lines' with cover art by David Storey.