Whatever happened to band logos?
February 5, 2011 6:44 AM Subscribe
While some bands still have logos|symbols, they do not seem to be as essential a part of the band identity as they were in the seventies. What was it about the seventies music culture that encouraged the extensive use of band logos and symbols?
posted by timepiece to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was looking at some of my older music, and noticed how some bands - Journey, Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith, Chicago - would have their band logo on every single album cover. Those symbols were inextricably linked with the band identity. Why doesn't anyone do that anymore? You'd think the rise of "branding" as a verb would have brought this phenomenon back, but I'm not seeing it.
I found this collection
(and this one
) of band logos, and while there are some newer bands on it, the majority are from the seventies, and I would say I associate the symbols for the older groups more strongly than I do the symbols for the newer groups. I mean, Weezer's logo
is nice and all, but I wouldn't call it part of their identity the way I would the Stones
or the Grateful Dead
I'm just curious why this symbol="band identity" thing went out of fashion, and why it was in fashion to begin with. If anyone has any insights.