Monday, July 16, 2007
Germs: Logo #5
Much teeth-gnashing controversy surrounds the "Germs" vs. "The Germs" debate - much as Pete Shelley once said about Buzzcocks: "It's the definitive article, not the definite article." So here, they are just Germs. The symbol, designed in 1978 by Don Bolles and Darby Crash (in point of fact, Bolles recalls merely telling Crash to place the circle in the corner) was first used on armbands by the group and a few of their core fans. The blue circle, reminiscent of an oven's flame, would anticipate the "Germs burn" - a wound caused by a cigarette wielded by a member of Germs. Darby Crash (born Jan Paul Beahm, September 26, 1958) killed himself by heroin overdose on December 7, 1980. It was a day, he had hoped, that would live in infamy.