From cool to obscure, from profane to insane — band logos have represented the music, the nature, and the collective character of every band on the planet. Whether it’s an iconic representation of the band’s name through unique fonts or a hypnotically distinct drawing that expresses a band’s clever nature, you’ll find a plethora (that’s right, a plethora) of logos aimed at distinguishing one artist from another. Much like the remarkable influence of certain logos that represent products and businesses, band logos have also created indelible marks in music and pop culture, as we now know them today.
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The best and most interesting band logos have been able to cross the threshold from music into pop culture consciousness. Take for example the recent logo copying of some of the world’s most recognisable names in music by other musicians, businesses, and even, as Spin magazine reported, by mainstream conglomerates like Disney. The article, which described the copying as “logo swagger jacking,” mentions how Disney t-shirts depicted Joy Division’s album cover, but in the form of Mickey Mouse’s face. Meanwhile, a butcher shop in Brooklyn called The Meat Hook actually copied Van Halen’s perfectly designed logo — post-Sammy Hagar era, when the wings were re-designed to be curvy, signalling David Lee Roth’s reign.
The impact of a band’s logo is naturally driven by the band logo maker, which in some cases didn’t actually have to be an artist. Anthony Kiedis himself, during 1984, designed the distinct circular motif that is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’s logo. Weezer’s “W” symbol logo, which looks a bit like a variation of Van Halen’s logo, was made by the band’s drummer Patrick Wilson. Chuck D, a graphic arts grad, created Public Enemy’s target scope-inspired logo that had people concluding the aimed at figure is a cop, with a real fashionable hat. Chuck D, however, said the figure is actually a b-boy, not five-o.
In some instances, the band’s supposed logo isn’t even used by the band itself. Designer Brian Pike made a pop art-inspired logo of The Who to advertise the band’s gig at London’s Marquee Club. The striking logo was so effective that instead of the band using it for their albums, fans and other art lovers adapted it. It appeared on thousands of badges and is considered as one of the music industry’s strongest logos as well as becoming a significant element in mod designs.
And finally, arguably one of the best examples of a logo’s influence is when Prince decided he wanted to be represented as the “Artist Formerly Known As Prince” with only a graphic icon in 1993.
Indeed, logos—the great ones anyhow—carry remarkable influence, beyond distinguishing a band apart from all other bands. From rock to hip hop, from metal to pop, a band’s logo is as significant as the band it represents.