Thursday, January 24, 2008
Logo #164: The Hafler Trio
Originally appearing in the cultural lexicon in a 1965 issue of MAD Magazine, The Hafler Trio's logo was appropriated by Andrew McKenzie and Jon Wozencroft in 1989 for the "Ignotum Per Ignotius" LP. Wozencroft: "It was Andrew's idea to have that on the cover. I then drew it by hand (well, Rotring pen and ruler)." The optical illusion, also known as a devil's fork or a blivet, was dubbed a poiuyt by MAD as a riff on the reverse of the six rightmost letters on a qwerty keyboard. By that same token, "In July, oh my killjoy Molly, I'll look in upon my jumpy polo pony up in hilly Honolulu" gives your left hand such a rest! The Hafler Trio, over almost three decades, have made such an interesting catalogue of beautiful and enigmatic music that your life is less beautiful for not hearing it. "Kill the King" is a great place to start - if you can find a copy.