Every once in a while, pop culture sits down to a fine meal — only to realize that it’s chewing on its own tail.
Various media outlets have criticized the one-sheet for Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the 1960 Rat Pack laffer “Ocean’s Eleven” for bearing a curious resemblance to the 1989 album “Smithereens 11,” by pop rockers The Smithereens.
The multiplatinum album’s cover art features black silhouettes of the four band members dwarfed against a massive red “11” on a white background; so does Soderbergh’s. What gives?
“It’s obvious that some young graphic designer … thought enough of (the image) to steal it,” says Smithereens lead singer Pat DiNizio, who recently tried to convince Capitol Records to re-release “Smithereens 11” on the heels of the copycatting. “Whoever designed it is a Smithereens fan.”
However, Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak adds that the album’s art (and its title) were inspired by none other than the original“Ocean’s Eleven.”
Soderbergh says that’s where his inspiration came from, too.
“The teaser poster was designed as a tribute to the original ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ feature,” he said in a statement. “Our poster is … an homage, but a homage to the flavor of the original film.”
No word on what the soundtrack’s CD art will look like.