Jan 07

What Album Covers Are Really Trying To Tell Us: 3: Jamie T – Panic Prevention

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After this stinging criticism regarding the secret message on Bad from Steve Mannion, I have decided to look closer at an album that is not even out yet. This way I can discover the secret message, and spread it to you BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY BUY IT. And so Jamie T, all new darling of the London music scene J’Accuse…

What does Jack Accuse though. Well clearly this room on the cover is straight out of the hit BBC TV show A Life Of Grime. Jamie T perhaps is trying to tell us that he is not actually a voice of urban youth after all. Instead he is secretly some gumming OAP who wets himself, smokes eighty Woodbines a day and does that licky kissing thing with his dog (a three legged mongrel). And throwing things away is anathema to him. Which would go a long way to explaining some of his lyrics. No there is only one album cover in history more messy, disorganised and badly designed than this: and that’s the Popjustice album cover (cheers Mannion!)

However it is not as simple as him being some missing OAP. No, the truth is even more sinister. Lets higlight the album cover further for four clues to the horrible truth.

1: Look at this font. What does it remind you of? How about this?

2: This photo. A picture of who? Perhaps the headline GENERATION gives you a hint if you don’t have 24 style scanning software. Yes, the first Manic Street Preachers album was called Generation Terrorists and this is a picture of their early line-up.

3: You can’t see Jamie T’s forearm here. You would think that being called Jamie T, he might wear T-Shirts. Clearly he has something to hide. Here is an artist impression of what his forearm actually looks like.

4: Again using my CTU like image enhancing software, I was able to identify this vinyl album as The Holy Bible.

CONCLUSION: Jamie T is the biggest Manic Street Preachers fan around, and his album is going to either sound like a) off cuts from Gold Against The Soul or b) Shampoo. SO BE WARNED, Jamie T’s album is not so much Panic Prevention, as MANICS PRESERVATION.


  1. 1
    CarsmileSteve on 18 Jan 2007 #

    dude, THINK ABOUT IT:

    Jamie: like james dean, what died young
    T: for TRUTH

    Jamie T = ACTUALLY Richie Manic with a bit of plastic surgery, obv.

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    Tanya Headon on 18 Jan 2007 #

    I am sure eagle eyed viewers will find even more connections.

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    Kat on 18 Jan 2007 #

    The GOLDen cymbal resting AGAINST an old SOUL record perhaps?

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    alext on 19 Jan 2007 #

    Pinned up on his wall: a postcard from AUSTRALIA, next to a photo by KEVIN CARTER. + obviously, there is no motorcycle in this picture, so it is also a picture of… Motorcycle Emptiness.

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    Rob Brennan on 19 Jan 2007 #

    Also, there is no baby in the picture = Little Baby Nothing.

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    Steve Mannion on 19 Jan 2007 #

    ‘. No there is only one album cover in hostory more messy, disorganised and badly designed than this: and that’s the Popjustice album cover (cheers Mannion!)’

    I was only obeying orders!

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    Alix on 19 Jan 2007 #

    There is a picture of Ian Dury on the back wall, Ian is Welsh for Ewan, the Manics are also Welsh!!

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    Kat on 19 Jan 2007 #

    Framed pictures of butterflies = red admirals = communist leaders = Fidel Castro = CHUMS WITH THE MANICS

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    LeboviciAB84 on 24 Jan 2007 #

    Mr T is shown ignoring a guitar. Richey couldn’t play the guitar very well. Coincidence?

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    macca on 16 Mar 2007 #

    a poster for the film ‘Platoon’, Platoons tagline? ‘The First Casualty of War is Innocence’, the kind of shite sloganistic bollocks the early Manics used to get their granniess to tie-dye to their old school shirts to attempt to look cool before they took the cheap-day return to London.

    its conclusive

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    Pete Baran on 4 Jul 2007 #

    Tanya was spot on here by the way. In the Glastonbury Q Daily, Jamie T was bemoaning the fact that he was playing at the same time as the Manics because he really really likes ’em!

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    mark on 5 Jan 2008 #

    jamie ts a ledge (n T stands 4 his sirname which is hard 2 pronounce)

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    mmb on 20 Mar 2008 #

    Thats a GENERATION X poster.. as in the punk band that billy idol was in..

    This whole thing is bollocks.

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    Tom on 20 Mar 2008 #

    Yes Generation X where X stands for something that is missing, like Richey is missing.

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    mmb on 21 Apr 2008 #

    Yeah if you want to look into this whole like a weird conspiracy.

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    Micky on 28 Jan 2010 #

    anyone actually LISTENED to the CD?

    i don’t like MSP but i loved this album,

    as far as i’m concerned it’s an interesting cover but maybe comparisons should be made based on how it sounds instead of how it looks, after all it is MUSIC.

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    music on 10 Oct 2010 #

    Jamie T = Jamie Treays

    Its called ‘Panic Prevention’ as he used to suffer from panic attacks when he was younger.

    Micky’s completely right…this album is amazing. Leave it at that?

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