An Eclectic Gastronomy of Sound
“On a late-Fall evening, they assembled at a field in Queens, a patch of land near the water they’d heard about from a friend. They brought along a pumpkin, a flannel shirt, and a straw hat they’d gathered from a police-horse stable downtown. With the help of Ranaldo’s old friend Thom DeJesu, who’s launched a career designing film sets, they erected a scarecrow, propped it up, carved a demonic smile on its face, filled the pumpkin head with lighter fluid, and set it aflame. Photographer James Welling, who’d met Gordon on the art-gallery circuit, got off a few shots before the makeshift scarecrow quickly burned up. “It was beautiful,” Moore recalls. “Dusk was coming and you could see the city behind it.” The idea, according to Moore, was inspired by album covers by the Misfits, but the final image was uniquely their own: menacing, ominous, a hint of the gnarled, disturbed music that anyone putting on the record would hear.”
James Welling is still active, as you can see from his website, but most of his other stuff bears little relation to the “Bad Moon Rising” cover.