harryjohnston wrote:Every time I see a US college dorm on TV I wonder whether people really still share rooms over there. I guess now I have an excuse to ask. (The hall of residence I stayed at as an undergrad did have a few shared rooms, but that was very much the exception rather than the rule.)
Eh, I had my roommate move out between semesters of my freshman year without properly telling anyone he was leaving. As a result by the time I actually notified them and things got sorted out they ended up just letting me keep the room as a single for the rest of the year. My school also had a policy that anyone who had a single room the previous year was grandfathered into the top of the list to get one the next year, as long as they didn't move to a new dorm. This resulted in me getting a single room for the next three years (and for the last two of those I moved up to a single suite), but I had to live in what was one of the worst dorms on campus (filthy, never renovated while all the other dorms were renovated in the same period, sometimes twice; all-male, and with so many file servers for porn and piracy that our bandwidth was a trickle almost as bad as dial-up). The only reason I actually moved out was because they ran out of space and required everyone to have a roommate and if you wanted a suite you couldn't get a random one (and I no longer had any male friends on campus) so I picked the much better option: for slightly less than we were both paying my girlfriend and I moved in together off-campus where we found a place with enough space for us to each have our own rooms (not as weird as it sounds when you want you own space to study or get some sleep before an early class).
Back on topic this poster already exists. While everyone else points out that it was already the front and back covers it was also a poster (without the lens, just the full gatefold illustration). I'm not having any luck finding a copy floating around, but just a few days ago I noticed it was in Dazed and Confused on the wall of Pickford's room early in the film. So it's been out there as a poster for at least 18 years if not much longer.
Adam H wrote:WHAT THE WHAAAAA?!?! You've never HEARD of Dark Side of the Moon?
I know the name of a few albums (mainly ones that I own and am particularly fond of) but while I of course know the Beetles (for example) well enough to recognize most of their songs, and perhaps even remember the names, I couldn't name a single album of theirs. I guess I just don't think of songs as being inherent parts of an album, but as independent works which just happen to be sold in groups.
I'm sorry, but you fail culture.
For one thing the very name "album" implies a degree of curation and the intent that the songs be considered as parts of a whole. Really the place to look here is the Beatles who most strongly moved pop/rock music from being primarily a business of singles into being concerned with the production of albums. Yes, other genres had done this previously, but they really changed the game and made that the standard for the majority of the music industry. In particular look at their earlier work which really was more along the lines of "a group of songs". For a while there was even the transitional period where many established bands (the release of singles and EPs has still remained popular for up-and-coming artists) would still release singles that weren't on albums, not just remixes or rarities aimed at fans and collectors, but popular songs that have achieved widespread notability.
Not being familiar in even a vague way with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" or "Abby Road" implies an almost willful attempt at cultural ignorance. I can accept not knowing every song on an album or even which album a well-liked song you've only ever heard on radio or such and don't own comes from, but some of these albums are so widely known, referenced, parodied, and acknowledged as being of notability to popular culture of the past 50 years that's there's simply no way around it.
I'm not even one of those rabid fans of the Beatles (they're good and historically important for many of their innovations, but wildly overrated because of said importance and not one of my favorites), they're simply that notable and the example you yourself used.
I'm almost worried to comment because this seems to be going so far that it raises a lot of troll warnings.