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The Streets: UEA student housing used for album artwork
The Streets: Computers and Blues album cover
Mike Skinner once attended an after-show party in one of the buildings

A university building in Norfolk will be seen by millions of music fans after being selected as album artwork by British garage outfit The Streets.

The cover for Computers and Blues, released in February 2011, features a distinctive Grade II-listed ziggurat at the University of East Anglia.

The image features Streets' frontman Mike Skinner gazing from a room in one of the 1960s' accommodation blocks.

Skinner is said to have noticed the buildings after a gig at the campus.

"They've been here a few times at the UEA," said Paul Ingleby, promoter for the campus' LCR music venue.

"[The band] came in about six weeks before Christmas. They phoned the university direct and we got wind of it that they were coming in and wanted to use the buildings.

"They're nice people - they like touring, like doing their music and like having fun with it all," he added.

British architect Sir Denys Lasdun designed the Norfolk and Suffolk Terraces, whose interiors were modernised by the university in 2007.

The mixture of old and modern architecture on campus has regularly divided opinion, but Mr Ingleby feels the ziggurats are still highly regarded at the university.

Mike Skinner
Mike Skinner returned to the UEA for the album shot

"The UEA has its detractors - people who like it how it is," said Paul.

"The modern side of it - The Sainsbury Centre, the Thomas Paine Centre that's just been built - are all really good modern buildings.

"The ziggurats may be older but they're still seen as an iconic image," he added.

Computer and Blues, released on 7 February, will be the fifth and final album by The Streets as Mike Skinner, 32, pursues other projects.

His debut album Original Pirate Material, released in 2002, was voted the best album of the last decade by The Observer.

His second album A Grand Don't Come for Free also came high in the list and featured the UK number one single Dry Your Eyes.

The Streets will return to the LCR as part of their farewell tour on 28 February.




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