i don't know if you NEED to hand-draw the text, but it would probably help. when you draw your own typography, it ends up being executed in your own stylistic hand. the result is that it fits the rest of the image without clashing.
these pre-designed illustrative type faces (done by other hands) ends up clashing remarkably with your illustration. the result is like having one illustration (the stylized typography) sitting on top of another illustration (your drawing) and they cancel each other out, ar at the very LEAST creates a dichotomy were the mind's eye doesn't know which arena of communication (the typography or the image) it's supposed to be paying attention to in order to understand the message being transfered. if it was YOUR lettering, it would at least BLEND IN.
ideally , what you need here is typography that sits alongside the image and that allows your illustration (which is great) to do all the work for you. it ends up carrying the weight of the piece and let's the typography just be informative.
as it sits the whole thing self-destructs. sometimes we need to realize that we need to just pull back a little.
geez! how can you hate a band that recorded "los angeles" or "johhny hit and run pauline" or "white girl"? their first record had a burning psuedo-kkk X on the cover! brilliant stuff. they made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
however, the clash (after their first lp on import only) DID SUCK. totally over-rated sell-outs.
rememebrer when the started their own line of clothing - about the time of "london's calling" - called 'clash wear'. pretty embarrassing stuff then, humiliating now. the only people who wore them was the band. eesh!
susan could be a great asset on your side. she would stop at nothing to get things done (for HER band). but, if you ever had her unhappy with you for any reason - well, let's just say it's a memorable experience. i was just about professionally destroyed and i was actually professionally embarrassed all across the country. she had incredible clout and played total war. you'd be destroyed and never find out who or why.
in fact, my "experience" with sg and silver has never been fully explained to me, even though over the years i've taken every single power plyer involved (including susan) out to lunch and asked them point blank what happened. never got a straight answer. all i knew was that i had mud smeared all over my reuptation from ny to la and people i hadn't heard from in years were calling me up to express condolensces and pity for me. it took me about 2 weeks to finally figger out what happened.
it's a long story and one i'd rather forget.
but, like i said, in this particular case, karma took it's toll.
yeah, alice, soundgarden and pearl jam, were all part of susan's business at first. then she hired a fella name of kelley curtis (who's claim to the rock biz was runnig heart's fan club and managing some really bad bar bands in the early 1980's). thene there was a little fiasco involving missing funds and rehab and the business split up with susan taking sg and alice and leaving pj with curtis.