You may not recognise the name, but I guarantee that you have seen (or own) his work. For over 30 years, Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule has designed album covers for the likes of Hawkwind (Live â€˜79), Ozzy Osbourne (Diary Of A Madman, Bark At The Moon), Black Sabbath (Born Again), and more.
For 10 years he was the art director for Kerrang! Magazine that Metallicaâ€™s Lars Ulrich once called â€œthe most important magazine for us.â€
I called up the â€œvan Gogh of metalâ€ for an extensive chat about his work, comics, and his dear friend, guitar hero WÃ¼rzel. Heâ€™s funny, heâ€™s sweary, and he tells it like it is.
Geeks of Doom: First of all, do I call you â€˜Krusherâ€™ or Steve?
Steve â€˜Krusherâ€™ Joule: Most people call me Krusher.
Geeks of Doom: Where did that come from?
Steve â€˜Krusherâ€™ Joule: It was when I was working on Kerrang [magazine]. I just wanted a nickname for a week and thought it would be clever to have Krusher spelled K-E-R-R â€“ as in Kerrang â€“ and U-S-H-E-R. Somebody changed it at the printers to Krusher thinking it was a spelling error…and it just stuck! [laughs]
Geeks of Doom: Youâ€™re most well known, to me at least, for designing Ozzy Osbourne album covers particularly Diary Of A Madman and Bark At The Moon. How did that come about?
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