At its best, a rock and roll logo can embody the exuberance and power of the music it represents. Here are the five best rock and roll logos of all time, with short critiques and historical backgrounds on the designs. Please keep in mind that these are objectively the five best, not my personal subjective biased opinion.
The perfect, ultimate environment for a rock and roll logo is when a disgruntled teenager has lovingly scrawled it on their notebook in the back of a halogen classroom. The logo of metal pioneers Death epitomizes that feeling – it is hand-drawn, extremely personal, youthful, even amateur-ish – and I’m sure it has been scrawled and carved by legions of fans.
The logo was designed by band leader Chuck Schuldiner. He refined and edited it over the course of the band’s career, but my favorite version is the early, maximalist version with excessive haunted house effects: dangling spiders, bloody scythe, severed zombie head. This is the kind of forbidden stuff that I noticed on the denim jacket patches of high school dudes when I was still a kid in neon Umbro soccer shorts, and it still represents the essential tantalizing allure of rock and roll to me.
See the logo on Death’s Leprosy album cover in my [Read more…]