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Deft Metal…

 

Since 1977, Christophe Szpadjel has designed over 7,000 logos for black metal bands around the world, including Emperor, Moonspell, Old Man’s Child, and Arcturus.  Now he’s applied his creative vision to Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more…

Browse more of Christolphe’s “translations” at CoDesign’s “11 famous Companies Rebranded as Black Metal Bands.”

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As we reach for a bat, we might recall that it was on this date in 1968 that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jone, and John Bonham–Led Zeppelin– signed with Atlantic Records.  Manager Peter Grant had flown to New York City in October, 1968 with the master tapes of “Led Zeppelin I” to meet Ahmet Ertegun, the label’s owner and founder, and his close colleague Jerry Wexler.  Unbeknownst to Grant, Dusty Springfield had already put in a good word for the group to Wexler while recording “Dusty in Memphis” the previous month. (Springfield was a friend of LZ bassist John Paul Jones, who had spent time as a member of her touring backup band.)

Atlantic had been devoted largely to blues and jazz, but had already had success with one former Yardbirds colleague of Jimmy Page’s– Eric Clapton and his group Cream– but Cream was falling apart and the label was looking for a replacement.  Ertegun and Wexler loved the tape, and offered a $149,000 advance.  Page had financed the album entirely, so had the final say; as it was the biggest deal of its kind ever offered a new band, he agreed.

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Written by LW

November 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

Thought Experiment: what if the Beatles had played punk?…

From the ever-illuminating Dangerous Minds:

If The Beatles had been Glaswegian and played Punk they may have sounded a bit like The New Piccadillys, a fab four of respected musicians: George Miller (Lead guitar), Keith Warwick (Rhythm guitar), Mark Ferrie (Bass guitar), and Michael Goodwin (Drums), who have variously worked with Sharleen Spiteri, The Kaisers, The Thanes, Ray Gunn and The Rockets and The Scottish Sex Pistols. This is their toe-taping version of The Ramones’ “Judy is a Punk.” European tours, world domination and Piccadillymania beckon…

As we remember the good old days, we might recall that it was on this date in 1970 that the band otherwise known as Led Zeppelin performed in Copenhagen as “The Nobs.”  Frau Eva von Zeppelin, a descendent of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, had threatened legal action over use of the “Zeppelin” name.
The trouble had started at a 1968 Copenhagen performance at which the band had performed sans pseudonym.  Frau Zeppelin had tried to preempt the band, calling them “shrieking monkeys” whose name besmirched the memory of her ancestor; but after a hastily-arranged meeting backstage, which went cordially, the group went on-stage.  On leaving the hall that evening, Frau Zeppelin saw the the cover of the group’s first album – the exploding Hindenburg aircraft– and… well, as Jimmy Page recalls, “When she saw the cover she just exploded! I had to run and hide. She just blew her top.”  Her anger survived until the band’s next Danish visit; and rather than risk her wrath, they changed their name for the night.
 “The Nobs,” February 28, 1970, KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark (source)

Written by LW

February 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

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