Who was the cover star from Stereophonics' Performance and Cocktails album?

8 March 2023, 15:00

Stereophonics album artwork for Performance and Cocktails
Stereophonics album artwork for Performance and Cocktails. Picture: Press/ Artwork

Radio X finds out who was the face on the iconic artwork to the band's second album.

In 1999, Stereophonics released their album, Performance And Cocktails.

The Welsh band's second studio release, which included famous hits in The Bartender and the Thief, Hurry Up And Wait, Just Looking and Pick A Part That's New is just as famous for its memorable artwork.

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The black and white cover, which was shot by Scarlet Page, sees a couple kissing at a football pitch under the Westway in London... but it's fair to say the woman is decidedly unenthused about it.

But who was the un-named brunette and how did she come to star on the famous artwork?

According to Tony Barrell who uncovers music mysteries and the stars of album artworks on his website, Lucy Joplin was tracked down in North London and revealed her far-away starewas achieved by a heavy night.

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Barrell claims that she was also paid £75 cash in hand for the trouble, which she "blew on underwear".

Joplin said she later went to a Stereophonics event at the BBC in which her photo was everywhere, but when she told one of the band that she was a singer-songwriter herself, they "blanked me all night”.

The cover star now performs in an electric folk band called Lucy's Diary, who played their first live show in years just before Christmas 2022.

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