Monday, February 25, 2008

Logo #197: Rammstein

The stoic and imposing icon for Rammstein was designed by Dirk Rudolph. Rudolph: "It first appeared on the artwork for "Mutter" in 2001. Not really (a take on Malevich), it is just a reduction of the Rammstein logo I did, which was, if at all, influenced by Malevich subconsciously." Controversial, bombastic and fiery are they! Here they are now, playing "Amerika" on the moon, proving once and for all how easy it it to fake a lunar landing.

2 comments:

Jad said...

There's a Laibach influence here too, don't you think? Also, interesting to note:

"I’ve seen lots of arguments about Rammstein stealing elements from Laibach in the past, mostly concerning vocal style and even logo design. I’m curious of your reaction to this.

L: Laibach does not believe in originality and we don’t consider ourselves as sole authors and owners of our own ideas. Therefore, Rammstein could not “steal” much from us. They simply let themselves get inspired by our work, which is absolutely a legitimate process. We are glad that they made it. In a way, they have proven once again that a good “copy” can make more money on the market than the “original.” Anyhow, today we share the territory: Rammstein seem to be a kind of Laibach for adolescents and Laibach are Rammstein for “grown-ups.”"

from: http://www.legendsmagazine.net/139/laibach.htm

Chardman said...

Of course you know that you will probably get deluged with comments about Rammstein being a copy of the sinister Slovene band Laibach, who not only sound somewhat like Rammstein, but used a Malevich cross as a logo -when the Yugoslav government banned their name- over a decade before them.
I personally don't think they're that much of a ripoff than some die-hard Laibach fans, and don't really care that much about Rammstein either way.
Laibach backhanded compliment was:"In a way, they have proven once again that a good 'copy' can make more money on the market than the 'original.' Anyhow, today we share the territory: Rammstein seem to be a kind of Laibach for adolescents and Laibach are Rammstein for 'grown-ups."