'Later I shot them for their first NME cover.
I loved the trash aesthetic of the band. It was all very obvious: Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Jane Mansfield - tragic blondes. My idea was to shoot them lying on gold lamé cloth.
I wanted it to look slightly tacky, camp. They arrived at the studio sporting several fresh love bites. Richey told me that they’d been to some club the night before and asked girls to bite them in order that they’d look sleazier for this, their most important photo session to date. I wrote ‘Culture slut’ on Nicky Wire’s chest in lipstick while Richey stared at himself in the mirror and scratched three letters into his neck with a school compass: VIH. I asked him what it meant.
"Don’t you know what HIV is?" he asked.
"Er, yes. But you’ve written it back to front."’