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September 24, 2007 1:21 PM   Subscribe

Matthew Ingram at Stylus pontificates various band logos, revealing some secret origins and offering some perspectives on consistency and cultural signifiers built into them.
posted by beaucoupkevin (25 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
"The ABBA logo is worth mentioning for its sheer conceptual beauty mirroring as it does the pairing of couples Agnetha and Björn with Benny and Anni-Frid."

Hahahahahahahahah...but utterly pointless like this article
posted by GavinR at 1:24 PM on September 24, 2007


Pretentious, poorly written, and dramatically ill-conceived.
posted by nasreddin at 1:29 PM on September 24, 2007


Actually, I'm wrong. The idea was okay, but the execution was quite lacking.
posted by nasreddin at 1:35 PM on September 24, 2007


So that's where that horrible Rolling Stones logo came from. I found the piece interesting.
posted by rottytooth at 1:36 PM on September 24, 2007


There's a bagger at the grocery store I go to that has the HIM logo tattooed on his forearm; plainly visible.

Poor guy.
posted by LionIndex at 1:52 PM on September 24, 2007 [1 favorite]


"The ABBA logo is worth mentioning for its sheer conceptual beauty mirroring as it does the pairing of couples Agnetha and Björn with Benny and Anni-Frid."


Yeah, it was at that point that I wondered in which high school newspaper this article was originally published.
posted by mrnutty at 1:53 PM on September 24, 2007


rottytooth writes "So that's where that horrible Rolling Stones logo came from. I found the piece interesting."

That's a great logo; immediately identifiable and expressive. It's also evocative of Jagger's rictus.

But the piece wasn't that great. Could have been much more thorough in material and research.
posted by krinklyfig at 2:16 PM on September 24, 2007


Salvador Dali designed the logo for Chupa Chups? I did not know that.

And I know Prince is not cool, but how can you have an article about musical logos and not mention the freaky purple midget?
posted by afx237vi at 2:17 PM on September 24, 2007


I'm going to use this in my next meeting with the advertising nitwits upstairs:
"There is a sense that the most effective logos strive to connect us with Jung's Universal Unconscious."
Then I shall give them a smug thumbs-up.
posted by dosterm at 2:22 PM on September 24, 2007


No mention of the Nine Inch Nails logo. It's natural that an industrial rock group should have a suitably factory-stamped logo, though as he says from the early 90s onward logos were becoming fairly standard.
posted by dhartung at 2:29 PM on September 24, 2007


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posted by gwint at 2:38 PM on September 24, 2007


Yeah, OK, so that didn't work.
posted by gwint at 2:38 PM on September 24, 2007


What, no love for Take That's pseudo-fascist iconography in this pseudo-intellectual article?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:06 PM on September 24, 2007


I am sorry this article didn't meet everyone who's posted standards. I thought it was a nice, enjoyable piece of pop-culture analysis that was perfect for a Monday, when one has already thought too much.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 3:40 PM on September 24, 2007


And I know Prince is not cool, but how can you have an article about musical logos and not mention the freaky purple midget?

Prince was mentioned at the end as the zenith for band logos.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 3:40 PM on September 24, 2007


It's also evocative of Jagger's rictus.

Exactly what bugs me about it; not something I want to picture. Rictus is a great word though, BTW.
posted by rottytooth at 3:58 PM on September 24, 2007


Hmmm. No Black Flag, Devo, Van Halen, Einsturzende Neubauten, Nine Inch Nails, or Grateful Dead. I was hoping for something a bit more toothy, I guess.
posted by oneirodynia at 4:19 PM on September 24, 2007


Your favorite band logo article sucks.
posted by rusty at 7:07 PM on September 24, 2007


Hmmm. No Black Flag, Devo, Van Halen, Einsturzende Neubauten, Nine Inch Nails, or Grateful Dead. I was hoping for something a bit more toothy, I guess.

Me too. This author was a bit lazy: definitely could've worked it more. but thanks for the post, beaucoupkevin, I enjoyed it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:10 PM on September 24, 2007


OK, but 'pontificates' is not a transitive verb. (Sorry, it's been driving me nuts.)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:02 AM on September 25, 2007


One thing it definitely missed out on is that the heavy metal scene in 80s in the UK was dominated by the band-logos. The denim-jacket with band-logo patches sewn on the back was a key part of the fan's uniform.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:06 AM on September 25, 2007


Top 10 Rock Band Logos

Wikipedia band logos category
posted by pracowity at 4:34 AM on September 25, 2007


the best brands of the world
posted by pracowity at 4:46 AM on September 25, 2007


It's good to know that if this fruit-picking thing doesn't work out, I can always write for Stylus.
posted by stammer at 4:55 AM on September 25, 2007


It's good to know that if this fruit-picking thing doesn't work out, I can always write for Stylus.

Heh heh. Well, I believe Woody Guthrie did a bit of fruit picking, and he also wrote a few damn good songs, so, hey, I reckon you can shoot higher than Stylus!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:47 AM on September 25, 2007


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