The Story Behind The Sleeve #12: Parliament – Motor Booty Affair
Parliament’s 1978 concept album about raising Atlantis through the power of funk deserved a cover to match the inspired lunacy of its content; and it was up to Detroit’s Overton Loyd to duly oblige. This was the artist’s first album cover for the band, although he had illustrated a comic book included with its 1977 predecessor, Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome, which introduced the funky parallel-universe Darth Vader character Sir Nose D’voidoffunk (who’s about to be devoured by the bird of prey on the front of Motor Booty Affair). The gatefold sleeve featured Loyd’s portraits and cardboard cut-outs of characters mentioned in the songs, and a pop-up Atlantis. There’s also a picture disc showcasing his illustrations – and Loyd went even further beyond the call of duty to create a crazed animated TV commercial and tour costumes. The artist worked on further album and stage art and other multimedia projects for the band, with his ‘Funk Aesthetic’ style gracing various offshoot projects.