Waikiki: Here Comes September

While the band Waikiki may no longer be active (they disbanded in 2004) the influence of this singles art is still prevalent today. You might be sighting the resemblance to the “Supergrass Life on Other Planets” release from the same year but I’m referring to the vector grass. This simple graphic element was everywhere in Australia between 2002-2005 and you still see a few examples today.

The fact that whenever I see vector grass now I refer to it as the “Rinzen” grass. The design collective only have themselves to blame reusing it themselves quite a bit (see below) but it was also “used” by many other designers around that time.

Rinzen Moonlight Cinema 1
Rinzen Moonlight Cinema 2

Adam who post’s on here regularly is good friends with the guys from Rinzen and confirmed this was the first use of “the grass”.

Rinzen is the Aussie equivalent of The Designer Republic. Which are the designers of the “Life on Other Planets” release.

While the collective is now strewn around the world the group still call themselves Australian. You’d be hard up to name another contemporary design company with as much international success. Jeremyville and NathanJ come close.. The previous Aussie design icon was a little less “cool” namely Ken Done. Note: I’m leaving fashion out of this discussion.

Supergrass: Life on Other Planets

I had seen the “Supergrass” album in quite a few design books and we’ll post it soon, but as this was released 3 months earlier it should have precedence. I guess it’s the rainbow and almost mirrored design that makes them look so similar. It’s also funny I’m so obsessed with the grass element and the band that I’m comparing the design to is “Supergrass”. Well funny in a weird way at least.

The single featured above was from the album “I’m Already Home” which had interchangeable covers and a sticker set.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home

And here’s a few of the alternative covers people could choose to add the stickers to.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home Alternate Cover 1
Waikiki: I’m Already Home Alternate Cover 2
Waikiki: I’m Already Home Sticker Sheet

All the CD’s were decorated with simple circular design with a matching colour palette.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home CD

There was also another single released off the album titled “Complicated”. Which reminds me of an episode of Astro Boy where the girlfriend and boyfriend are fused together by a car crash. (I think it was Astro Boy?!)

Waikiki: Complicated

I really like this whole series and how the rainbow is present throughout them all. It’s probably one of the few times you can say “ahh nice rainbow” without someone handing you a “My Little Pony”.

If you crave more of Waikiki the record label informs you to check out Howling Bells which was formed from most of the members of the former band.

Waikiki: Here Comes September

Waikiki: Here Comes September

While the band Waikiki may no longer be active (they disbanded in 2004) the influence of this singles art is still prevalent today. You might be sighting the resemblance to the “Supergrass Life on Other Planets” release from the same year but I’m referring to the vector grass. This simple graphic element was everywhere in Australia between 2002-2005 and you still see a few examples today.

The fact that whenever I see vector grass now I refer to it as the “Rinzen” grass. The design collective only have themselves to blame reusing it themselves quite a bit (see below) but it was also “used” by many other designers around that time.

Rinzen Moonlight Cinema 1
Rinzen Moonlight Cinema 2

Adam who post’s on here regularly is good friends with the guys from Rinzen and confirmed this was the first use of “the grass”.

Rinzen is the Aussie equivalent of The Designer Republic. Which are the designers of the “Life on Other Planets” release.

While the collective is now strewn around the world the group still call themselves Australian. You’d be hard up to name another contemporary design company with as much international success. Jeremyville and NathanJ come close.. The previous Aussie design icon was a little less “cool” namely Ken Done. Note: I’m leaving fashion out of this discussion.

Supergrass: Life on Other Planets

I had seen the “Supergrass” album in quite a few design books and we’ll post it soon, but as this was released 3 months earlier it should have precedence. I guess it’s the rainbow and almost mirrored design that makes them look so similar. It’s also funny I’m so obsessed with the grass element and the band that I’m comparing the design to is “Supergrass”. Well funny in a weird way at least.

The single featured above was from the album “I’m Already Home” which had interchangeable covers and a sticker set.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home

And here’s a few of the alternative covers people could choose to add the stickers to.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home Alternate Cover 1
Waikiki: I’m Already Home Alternate Cover 2
Waikiki: I’m Already Home Sticker Sheet

All the CD’s were decorated with simple circular design with a matching colour palette.

Waikiki: I’m Already Home CD

There was also another single released off the album titled “Complicated”. Which reminds me of an episode of Astro Boy where the girlfriend and boyfriend are fused together by a car crash. (I think it was Astro Boy?!)

Waikiki: Complicated

I really like this whole series and how the rainbow is present throughout them all. It’s probably one of the few times you can say “ahh nice rainbow” without someone handing you a “My Little Pony”.

If you crave more of Waikiki the record label informs you to check out Howling Bells which was formed from most of the members of the former band.





9 Comments

  1. This is old….

  2. “Here Comes September” was preceded by the single “New Technology” wherein the rainbow element wasn’t exactly a rainbow, but more closely resembled the CD – had some excellent B-sides too.

  3. Love that Rinzen! Hard not to really…

    @ Foster Hill. Most of the stuff on here is various flavours of old. Newness isn’t really the point. (If I may be so bold as to say).

  4. Hey Chris Dixon,

    this site is indeed flavors of old and new. As long as it’s interesting.

  5. Interesting that you mention it, the Supergrass sleeve was designed by The Designers Republic.

    Same with a lot of the later NIN releases, they really stick out in tDR’s portfolio — not much like their other work at all.

  6. Right. And all of you drink at the same bar. Lets be frank this site does cover many interesting covers and some that quite honestly should not make the cut. Perhaps its time to wear some glasses…
    Or use a Canes & Stick!

  7. Hey Foster Hill,

    I’d love to know what covers you think “Don’t make the cut”.

  8. I’m very curious to know what font is used for the Waikiki typeface… I think it’s so funky, it really suits the graphics

  9. Some of those “I’m Already Home” covers are MUCH better than what I assume was the final cover titles “Here Comes September”. I love this style when it is done well… I think thay nearly made it, but not quite… just not quite. The vibrant colours on the last few images are awesome however.

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