From the Stacks

From the Stacks: Pamela Jean – A New Star in the Western Sky

Pamela Jean A New Star frontFew things make me sadder than an autographed album discarded at a yard sale or charity shop. I imagine the moment that the ambitious artist proudly whipped out his or her Sharpie, forcing the too-polite-to-say-no recipients to hide their overwhelming senses of dread. Of course, immediately the whole thing becomes all about me. How many times have I embarrassed myself signing some little Why It Matters trinket for someone who can’t wait to dump it?

But as sad as castoffs make me I do love a bad album cover, and Miss Pamela Jean sure worked up a good one here. Momma’n’em picked Pammy up a purty prom dress and got her hair did, then took her up to the Sears for her photo shoot. The graphic designer whipped up a combo of primary colors and the ugliest font he could find to polish the whole thing off, but not before adding a big Carl’s Jr. star. Classy.

You’re wondering whether the album is any good. Well, I don’t know. I’m willing to save Pamela Jean from the indignity of the charity shop bin, but tossing this platter onto the turntable is asking too much.

Please welcome Pamela’s Jeans’ A New Star in the Western Sky to the Bad Album Cover Hall of Fame.

Pamela Jean A New Star rear

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