MOST people know it from journeys to Tesco, but a Didcot pylon has now become the unlikely cover star of a new rock album.
An amateur photographer’s photo of the pylon, which sits opposite the junction of Tamar Way and Abingdon Road, features on the front cover of Under My Fallen Sky, the seventh album by American band Black Swan Lane which was released on Wednesday.
The atmospheric image was chosen by lead singer Jack Sobel who spotted it on the Facebook page ‘The Social Landscape of Didcot’, run by Paul Bodsworth.
Mr Bodsworth, 46, works for a medical device company but can often be found in the early hours of the morning hunting out moody pictures of Didcot, the town where he was born and brought up.
The music fan said he was ‘very pleased’ to get a phone call from the band asking to use the image.
He took the chosen picture as the sun came up over the Ladygrove estate one winter’s morning in 2014.
Specialising in urbanism, Mr Bodsworth’s website also features pictures of flytipping, back gardens and closed high street shops across Didcot.
He said: “I am interested in capturing the dirty stuff – the building sites and roadworks of modern life.
“Didcot is a working town, it always has been and that’s what make it different to others in Oxfordshire.
“Its history is of the power station and trains and businesses and it’s growing and changing all the time.
“It is the gritty side of life but I like all that.”
Steve Clare, a Black Swan Lane ‘super fan’ who also helps to promote the band in the UK said the album cover was already attracting some interest in Didcot, with people buying the record because of the recognisable scene.
The cover photo is not the first time Black Swan Lane has forged links with the Oxfordshire town as the band took out a sponsorship deal with Didcot Town FC ahead of their live-streamed FA cup clash against Billericay Town in September.
Mr Sobel, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, said: “The band has a huge fan base in England and it made sense for us to utilize a picture from Didcot.
“It also helped that Paul is a very talented photographer who has captured a raw essence of his community.”
Mr Sobel is hoping the record can rival the success of another famous rock album with links to Didcot.
Parts of Radiohead’s OK Computer were recorded in a converted shed on the outskirts of the town in 1995.