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Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation by Gerhard Richter

Alternative rock band Sonic Youth chose an existing piece of work by painter Gerhard Richter to adorn the cover of their 1988 record Daydream Nation. The album’s cover features the artist’s 1983 painting of a lit candle entitled “Kerze,” which, you guessed it, means “candle” in German. The band’s name and the title of the album were superimposed on the painting in fuzzy white lettering. Richter’s blurred photorealistic painting style added a dreamlike quality to the album’s cover, going perfectly with its title.

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