Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Logo #177: Saccharine Trust

Designer: Raymond Pettibon, 1981. Drummer Tony Cicero remembers this icon as first appearing in the liner notes for the "Pagan Icons" LP, but it may have appeared earlier. Saccharine Trust were at the nexus of punk and jazz, creating a sinewy, spiky and confrontational strain of art rock in their wake, becoming rather like the West Coast analogue of New York's No Wave - as near to such a thing as ever could be. They would tour many times with Black Flag and appear on multiple bills various times with their SST label brethren - living, in the words of Steve Albini, "like a slug and out of a garbage bag." Here they are at Perkins Palace sometime in the '80s, with the definitive Baiza / Brewer / Cicero / Hodson line-up, and here is an earlier incarnation.

This Day in Death:
Jacques François Antoine Ibert (August 15, 1890 – February 5, 1962). The composer.

This Day in Birth:
William Seward Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997). The decomposer.

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