Introducing the Ron Asheton Club

Chris Heazlewood
1995

Master Media
Type Record Covers
Title Introducing the Ron Asheton Club
Measurements.Dimensions 7" x 7"
Measurements.Format Single
45 rpm.
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
Techniques Offset Printing
Black and White
Techniques Painting
The illustration on the back cover.
Techniques Photocopying
The figure on the front cover is a photocopied doll.
Creator.Personal name Chris Heazlewood
Role Designer
Front cover
Creator.Personal name Saskia Leek
Role Illustrator
Back cover artwork
Creator.Corporate name Crawlspace Records
Role Record Label
Date.Release 1995
Location.Current Site NZDA Collection
Phototransparency
Location.Current Repository Crawlspace Records, Auckland, New Zealand
Location.Current Repository Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Hocken holds a copy of this single.
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number Crawl004
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0159_f, nzgda_rc_i_0159_b
ID Number.Hocken Dynix BIB 912605
Style/Period.Style Low tech
Style/Period Second wave Dunedin sound.
A distinctive surf-punk guitar driven sound which emerged from the Dunedin, New Zealand, music scene in the early 1980's. This sound was based around the Flying Nun record label. [KY DM]
Culture New Zealand
Grunge/alternative/surf/psychadelia.
Subject Doll, guitar, clear plastic wrap
Front cover
Subject Girls, fire, bed, speech bubble, text, shelves, claws, record player, doll, underpants, hearts
Back cover
Subject Ron Asheton, voodoo and cult iconography, teenage girl fans
Relation Chris Heazlewood is also a primary member of King Loser.
Description Image and text. The front cover consists of a Ron Asheton doll which was photocopied by placing it directly onto the copier. The doll is encased in its original plastic wrap. The lettering is a hand drawn reversal done with a fine-nibbed black felt pen which took CH many hours to complete. He then used a photocopier to heighten the contrast and darkness of the lettering and later reduced and merged it into the doll photocopy. The doll was a gift from a woman CH knew at the time. The idea of the record stemmed from months of drunken argument with Alan Holt about whether Ron Asheton or James Williamson was the better guitarist in a band named the Stooges (RA became the bass guitarist when JW started playing with the Stooges in the mid seventies). And what was the best Stooges albums ever? Without a doubt the Stooges first self titled record. Asheton is still alive and kicking in the Ann Arbour area of Chicago. [DM]
Description The back cover image consists of two teenage girl figures in their bedroom One is standing on a bed and the other on the floor. Both are watching a pile of burning underpants adorned with heart shapes. In the background there is a display case which has claws arrayed on each shelf. The t - shirts that the girls are wearing have a claw image on them that matches the claws in the display case. In the foreground is a stereo amplifier and speakers with sound shown as though it is coming out of the speakers and swirling up through the flames of the fire to where one of the girls is holding a Ron Asheton doll in the smoke and flames. Saskia Leek did a tonal oil painting on paper in 1995 which was a special commission from CH after he saw a series of small works (sized less than 10 inches) that Saskia had done during the 1994-1995 period. As anecdote; 'Pinky Tuscadero' is an oblique reference to the Fonzi's girlfriend in the TV series "Happy Days". Susie Quatro was also known as leather tuscadero. [DM]
Source Interview with Chris Heazlewood and Saskia Leek.
DM 24/01/2001
Source David Merritt
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Source Katy Yiakmis
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Rights Crawlspace Records
Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by Chris Heazelwood.