British singer Paul Young was stunned when his debut album No Parlez scooped an award for its cover design, because the image was a last-minute decision to hide a mistake by the photographer.

The Everytime You Go Away hitmaker's 1983 record featured a cover shot of the pop star with two slanted, garish burgundy slabs of design either side of the image.

It became one of the most recognisable record sleeves of the decade and even won an industry award for its innovative design, but Young was amazed because the burgundy sections were added to cover up a lighting man who appeared in the shot by accident.

The singer tells Britain's Daily Mail, "The funniest thing though is the pictures we shot for the cover were rubbish, so we had to use a set we'd done for Smash Hits magazine instead. The sleeve has two flashes of burgundy on either side of the picture because you could see the photographer's assistant up a ladder at the back of the shot, so we had to cover him up - and we ended up winning an award for Album Design of the Year!"