Friday Night Fights [Round 18]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another rear-naked-choke edition of Friday Night Fights!  This week’s bout features two classic album covers in a generational battle of the bands, fighting for record company payola and Grammy awards.   Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the Karma Police Headquarters, it’s Anthony “The Wookie” Wilson and his “OK Computer“.

And fighting out of the blue corner, from the point of no return, it’s “Nitro” W.Navarre and his “Kansas Album Cover“.

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner before announcing the next bout.

Last week, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the fanciful joust of the centaurs, where System and Bionicle squared off with a giant feed bag of oats on the line.  In the end  “Never Surrender” nobu_tary impaled his opponent with a commanding 11-2 victory over  “Lion-hearted” Lego 7.  Nobu_tary records his first win and improves his record to (1-0) while Lego 7 falls to (0-1).

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18 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 18]

  1. This puts me into a bit of a dilemma: I don’t want to vote for Radiohead over Kansas. Should the subject matter come into play when taking this kind of decision? Also, the Kansas artwork is also a million times better (read as my kind of thing if you want to) than the Radiohead one which tells me nothing. Another thing I don’t know whether I should take into account. Leaving that aside, Anthony’s cover is extremely accurate and wonderfully reproduced, the only downside are the ugly gaps in the road. But WN’s build is not bad at all either, just not as accurate and uses a more simplistic approach.

    In the end, fuck dilemmas, suiting my fancies as always and it’s a vote for WN.

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    1. Interesting, I never intended tonight’s bout to turn into a referendum on the value of either band. I personally think both bands are great, and each one had a huge impact on their respective eras. Gun to my head I’d pick Kansas, but only because I don’t care for Thom Yorke’s voice. So to answer your question, for the purpose of voting, the music shouldn’t really come into play, but perhaps it’s unavoidable?

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      1. It’s not really a referendum on the value of either band, to each his own, but rather a question of bias towards a chosen subject and how it should or shouldn’t impact the vote. This always comes into play at least on a subconscious level when picking a build, but here the elephant is in the room. Not only do I prefer a band over the other, but I also prefer the art direction so the bias is doubled. Leaving these aside, I cannot dismiss the fact that Anthony’s build is superior in every way from technique to accuracy.

        So the choice is between the superior reproduction of meh-ness or the inferior reproduction of neat-ness. Which should make the choice obvious since I should vote for the better build, but I’m having a hard time voting for something I don’t care for at all.

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      2. You should pick MOCs of album covers… without showing us the pics of the albums they represent, and then see which ones are the most recognizable.

        Not for FNF… but it might be fun as a one off deal.

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  2. Vitreolum summed up my initial thoughts pretty much exactly. Subject matter? Original Art?

    I much prefer Kansas to Radiohead, much prefer the original Kansas art to the Radiohead cover.

    However, I’m against Vit’ and going to vote for what I feel is the better build…+1 for Anthony.

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  3. Here’s one for OK Computer. That cover seems extremely difficult, and I very much like how he approached it. It even looks like the unconnected parts might be held with a spot of friction! (Bonus: I’m happy to vote for Radiohead over Kansas.)

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  4. Like Vit, I dig the Kansas source material more from a pure artistic vantage point. I like both bands, so that doesn’t really enter into it. On pure execution, gotta give it to OK Computer.

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  5. Send in the Karma Police – OK Computer gets my vote. The fact that someone even attempted that abstract album cover gets a hearty “Matango!”… The accuracy of the Kansas cover just went a bit beyond the point of no return for me. I want that eclipse to be set in the center sooooo bad. Lego builder’s OCD. That’s the bitch of trying to build a replica, as it will always be judged by the closeness to the original…

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  6. I love OK Computer and have a passing knowledge of Kansas, but the Radiohead album art puts me in mind of when Beavis asked what was going on in an editing FX-filled video and Butthead says “It’s just the usual crap they always have in there, Beavis.”

    That and other factors swirled around in my head but here’s the thing: I’d rather look at Anthony’s MOC than the thing he imitated, but I’d rather look at the actual Kansas album art than the MOC that it inspired. Another plus 1 for Anthony

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  7. Not intimately with either album cover since I’m not a huge fan of either band (there’s better 70’s prog rock bands and I can’t get past Thom Yorke’s vocals). So maybe that disconnect from the subject master affords me some amount of objectivity with the MOCs. Nah, probably not.

    From the start I think Anthony picked a better subject matter with all the sharp angles and distortions on OK Computer that lend themselves better to Lego. His choice to go for SNOT over not also let him get some smoother and accurate shapes that read exactly as they’re supposed to. The Kansas recreation, in contrast, leaves me going back and forth to the source material to figure out what exactly I’m looking at.

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  8. For me, Kansas Album Cover needs to be larger to be remotely accurate.So my vote goes to OK Computer, which is the right size and looks good too.

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    1. “I shall endeavor to improve next week.”

      You’ve been saying that shit for decades now.

      Like a poor marksman… you keep missing the target!

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  9. Why didn’t Anthony use trans blue?! It’s killing me seeing all that moody color drown in grey. And why is the eclipse in W’s not centered? My fingernails hurt scratching at the screen trying to nudge it into place. On those grounds and similar OCD issues I’m having looking at both covers, I have to go with something I can latch on to: When the influence for an album involves Bitches’ Brew, Three Days of the Condor, and Philip K. Dick, then you win. My vote is for Radiohead.

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    1. Nitro. Kansas.

      The actual Radiohead cover is already pretty abstract. The translation to Lego makes it even more so. Abstract isn’t bad… but I don’t dig it.

      That dam ship going over the waterfall though? Pretty clear. I mean yea… it’s celestial, and herbal, and totally hippy dippy… but the imagery is clear. I think that makes the depiction more difficult. And yea… I can see one or two things Nitro could have done to sharpen the image a bit… but I don’t care.

      also, everybody in that boat is going to die…

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