Thursday, October 11, 2007
Logo #71: The Exploited
Drawn by Brian "Pushead Lamort" Schroeder for the hardcore anarchist hardcore band's "Let's Start A War...Said Maggie One Day" LP in 1983. The LP was based on the seemingly whimsical reasoning behind Margaret Thatcher's invasion of the Falkland Islands off Argentina. I say "whimsical" because, for one reason, since when had you heard of any kind of benefit to Great Britain emanating from the Falklands save for sovereignty and an easier ride around Cape Horn? Possibly one of the most difficult-to-discover creators of a logo I've yet had the pleasure of pursuing. Usually things like that happen if there's some kind of ownership dispute about the image between its creator and the band itself (see the upcoming entry detailing the desperately sad circumstance behind the woman who designed the Circle Jerks' "Skank Kid" logo for more on this). The face that launched a thousand kids, all clad in denim emblazoned with the bone-hawked cartoon exploitee. The Exploited's finest moment comes in "UK82", which blasts with rare and terrifying anger across the opening and closing titles for "Made in Britain," Tim Roth's acting debut in which he becomes like unto a living laser of contempt. That it comes highly recommended from this part of the world is perhaps the greatest understatement since "I'm not going to pay a lot for this muffler."