When I met Robert Plant in a bar in Worcester, we chatted amiably about where Led Zeppelin were playing on that night in 1969 (unromantically, Cleveland) …
When he talked about how little he enjoyed the Seventies, about how all the joy and freedom and spontaneity of making music disappeared for him as the stakes and scale increased, he sounds remarkably like the flight director John Hodge talking about NASA and space in the same period. Then I mentioned those greatest-hits CD sleeves which offer the group in Apollo space suits, wondering what they meant to him and telling him a little more about my travels, and … along it rumbled like a miscued bass line…
“Oh, I’d really like to talk to you about that!”
“Yes, I never really believed they went, to be honest with you.”
Led Zeppelin used the image because they thought it looked cool, that was all.
— Moondust, Andrew Smith
Lately I’ve been finding more and more albums that feature space artwork, right down to the VW-Bus-cum-Space-Shuttle on the back of Air’s Moon Safari. I’ll feature them as I find more!