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Album Cover Art for "Welcome to 1984"
Album Cover Art for "Welcome to 1984"
Album Cover Art for "Welcome to 1984"
Album Cover Art for "Welcome to 1984"

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Welcome to 1984 was an international compilation album released in that fateful year by one of the most well established punk record labels... Maximum Rock 'N Roll (MRR). The record featured 23 bands from 17 countries, and was defiantly subtitled To Hell with Nationalism! Some remarkable bands appeared on the album, Terveet Kadet from Finland, Inferno from Germany, The Stalin from Japan, B.G.K. from Holland, and many other anti-authoritarian bands from around the globe.

The terrific cover art for the album was created by Claude Perrault from Vancouver Canada. Claude's pencil sketch shows a Mohawked punk defacing a poster of then US President Ronald Reagan... and being apprended by an armed policeman. The album's liner notes written by MRR's Jeff Bale... referred to the simularities between our present and George Orwell's classic tale of a negative utopia; "Is there any chance of avoiding such a bleak future? Not much in my opinion. The only real hope lies in the possibility that substantial numbers of people throughout the world will wake up and perceive these dangerous trends, then make an active effort to resist, both individually and collectively. It is our hope that this album will make a modest contribution toward generating that type of movement."
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