SHEILA - THE CLASH
"Now get this, London calling, yes, I was there, too
And you know what they said well some of it was true
London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won't you give me a smile?
London calling, I never felt so much alive alive alive alive"
London Calling, from the album London Calling by The Clash
This album cover recreation was the second photo in the Care Home Album Covers series and is a pastiche of The Clash's 1979 classic London Calling. Recreating this album felt even more relevant for Robert since his series of recreations are all works of pastiche, the practice of making art by intentionally imitating the style of someone else's work. Robert therefore wanted to use Sheila again with the same background he had just used for the Elvis Presley recreation, again making use of Sheila's walking stick in place of The Clash's Paul Simonon's bass guitar. Robert just told Sheila to smash down her walking stick thinking of how she feels due to the Covid lockdown. Robert took five photos before Sheila was threatening to throttle him with her stick. One was actually enough as the first photo Robert took was the image that worked. Again, editing to black and white the recreation was completed the same day.