3 Jun 2017
Something for the weekend 
Crawling Chaos FAC 17 alternate design

This is an alternative design concept for a flyer or other promotional material for the FAC 17 Sex Machine / Berlin single by Crawling Chaos.

It is not known whether this is related to work supposedly carried out by Stephen Horsfall as mentioned by Tony Wilson in "SAVILLE: The partner's story" or whether it could in fact be to do with FAC 27, the cancelled Saville/Rob Gretton revenge programme project for alternative FAC 17 sleeve.

Or it could be neither of the above but it definitely remains a curiosity when compared with the eventual artwork.

Crawling Chaos FAC 17 alternate design

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