Sunday, March 9, 2008

Logo #205: Fear

Created by Fear singer Lee Ving in 1978. Someone pointed out recently that it's well on its way to becoming a swastika. I just thought it was two letter F's! Fear is Fear. Punk rock. Brendan Mullen of the Masque Club gives a great and illuminating interview with Lee and summary of Fear here in Swindle Magazine. Here's Fear live in 1980 at the Fleetwood in Los Angeles, making friends - and here's John Joseph from Cro-Mags talking about what happened when Fear played on "Saturday Night Live". In terms of directness and implicit threat in L.A. punk rock logos, possibly only Black Flag's icon is in the same cosmos. Punk rock logos are all about simplicity, namely: how many places can I stick this on and how often can I do it without getting caught?

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