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  • Type Songs
    Shaping song meanings with typography
  • Type Songs is a personal project mixing my passion for music and a growing interest for poster design and typography. Its purpose is to illustrate great songs with their lyrics, following different tracks : song meanings, lyrics humor, music atmosphere, sometimes historical context... You'll find mostly rock & alternative songs, but sometimes I work on other styles.
  • Things the grandchildren should know - Eels / Rope on Fire - Morphine
  • Featuring

    Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Queen, The Stooges, Radiohead,
    The Doors, Johnny Cash, Blur, The White Stripes, Eels, PJ Harvey,
    Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, CAKE, The Police, Oasis,
    Madness, Mr Bungle, Joy Division, Deftones, Black Sabbath,
    Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark Lanegan, Ray Charles, Morphine...

    >> Most of selected songs are available on my Grooveshark playlist right here >>
  • Seven seas of Rhye - Queen
  • # 1. Work on a band only once
    # 2. Choose a great song (of course)
    # 3. Try to focus on less known tracks

    Working on a song takes time, catching its meaning needs a lot of research, and music is plenty of unexplained stories. I had to give up some great songs 'cause they were too obscure, or because I wasn't convinced by theories I read.

    Some bands have so much great songs that I have difficulties to choose, notably for my favorites. I faced dilemmas for artists like David Bowie, Eels or Queen. And I still haven't choose songs for the Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead, Faith No More, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones...

    I'm also open to suggestions, feel free to send me your favorite songs. Or you can simply contact me to discuss about music, and your opinion on songs I already worked on.
  • Atrocity Exhibition - Joy Division / In the new year - The Walkmen
  • # 1. Use at most 5 colors in a poster
    # 2. Make it simple ("Less is more")
    # 3. No textures

    I decided to establish some guidelines early in this project. These constraints force me to focus on composition, vector shapes and color schemes. I learned a lot following these rules. I also learned to cheat a few times.
  • Sail to the moon - Radiohead
  • Some Type Songs are based on an interpretation beyond others, that's why my choice mostly depends on my feeling about it. For example, we can find different theories about Sail to the Moon by Radiohead, and I've chosen my favorite : Thom Yorke talking to his son. But, well, I might be wrong. And I'll be glad to discuss of it.
  • We're not gonna make it -The Presidents of the USA / Cancer - Filter
  • Let Forever Be - The Chemical Brothers
  • Pink Cigarette - Mr Bungle / Superheroes - Daft Punk
  • City Hall - Tenacious D
  • Instinct Blues - The White Stripes / Better living through chemistry - Queens of the Stone Age
  • Night boat to Cairo - Madness
  • This one was really funny to work on, but asked for a way to edit hieroglyphs. I also read a book about egyptian syntax, as I wanted to write : "The sailor falls in the sandbank". Yeah it's really ambitious and probably full of spelling errors (if there's a specialist around here...).
  • Kamikaze - PJ Harvey / 1970 - The Stooges
  • Tourette's - Nirvana
  • Vesoul - Jacques Brel / Holidays - Michel Polnareff
  • Upon this tidal wave of young blood - Clap your hands say yeah
  • No time this time - The Police / Since I've been loving you - Led Zeppelin
  • Be quiet and drive - Deftones
  • Strange religion - Mark Lanegan Band / A boy named Sue - Johnny Cash
  • Dead End Street - The Kinks
  • Dead End Street is a bonus track from Face To Face, released in 1966. I guess that one day, as many British people, the Kinks have seen the poster "Keep calm and carry on". My version is less optimistic than the original, as the song is about the poorest districts of London.
  • Intervention - Arcade Fire / The end - The Doors
  • God knows I'm good - David Bowie
  • Bowie wrote this song after reading an article in the newspaper about an old woman stealing a tin can to survive. This poster is inspired by Cambell's soup cans design, and also reminds Andy Warhol, as Bowie was part of his circle (he also played Warhol in the motion picture Basquiat).
  • No Aloha - The Breeders / Drown in my own tears - Ray Charles
  • Death of a party - Blur
  • The Wizard - Black Sabbath / Start a fire - The Tiger Lillies
  • NYC - Interpol
  • Rock'n'roll lifestyle - CAKE / Space dementia - Muse
  • Asylum - Supertramp
  • X - System of a down / Tearjerker - Red hot chili peppers
  • Fuckin' in the bushes - Oasis