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Friday, June 22, 2007

Glass Candy

posted by on June 22 at 12:50 PM

There is no excuse for this eyesore of a poster:


It is not 1993, Seattle. Peter Bagge is not the alpha and omega of poster design (and this crude cartooning would likely insult him). There’s no need to be so painfully literal with poster designóthe kid’s eating Glass Candy, get it?

Part of what makes Glass Candy great is the cool, calculated aesthetic to their music, fashion, and visuals. They deserve better than a crude cartoon baby.

AND! Glass Candy even offers downloadable posters designs on their myspace (also available as B&W) that are in perfect keeping with their image:


So, seriously, what the fuck, Seattle?

Full review of last night’s show coming soon…

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um...the Glass Candy pre made poster looks like a crappy version of a Buzzcocks 7 inch sleeve. 1978 pop vs 1993 cheek. calculated? no, recycled. all their art is in the style of power pop/punk 7 inches from 78-82.

Posted by back in the '80s | June 22, 2007 1:10 PM

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Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | June 22, 2007 1:27 PM

Glass Candy ahve been calculated recyclers since their beginning, BIT80s. Check their early live covers of "Johnny Are You Queer," their infatuation with glam/punk aesthetics of the 80s, or their current revival of Italo disco.

The point is that their appropriations are tasteful and, well, good. That poster is a comical turd. All it needs is stink lines wafting up from it.

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 22, 2007 1:31 PM

Meh? Who goes to shows based on poster art?

I don't go to art galleries based on the artist's musical taste either.

Posted by Whatevs | June 22, 2007 2:00 PM

i just wish they would stop the italio disco crap. i saw them in portland a few weeks ago and it was the most boring show i've ever seen them play.

Posted by ben | June 22, 2007 2:29 PM

To be fair, I think whomever designed the flyer was emulating the aesthetic of early 1980s hardcore flyers (a decent gallery here).
It has the same grossout imagery, and half-assed "I drew this when I got bored in homeroom" sort of look.

So, I guess as far as appropriateness goes, the designer got the right decade, but the wrong scene. He/she would probably have been better off copping the look of a flyer from Danceteria, which is a place that a band like Glass Candy would've played, back in the day.

Posted by R | June 22, 2007 2:33 PM

i'm not a big fan of venues using pre-designed or pre-printed posters for shows, particularly when the show is a relatively small one. it seems lazy and boring.

i've always disliked those posters that are advanced to shows, with the obligatory space to sharpie in ticket prices and the other bands on the bill. yuck.

i'm sure not defending the comet poster, 'cuz it is pretty bad. but, still.

Posted by kerri harrop | June 22, 2007 4:03 PM

Who gives a fuck about the poster? When all comes down to it, aren't we talking about music and not posters? This isn't a poster critque blog is it? Don't you have something better to write about?

Posted by Duke Stainer | June 22, 2007 4:29 PM

I like the cartoon one. Except for the "7 bux" crammed in at the bottom.

Posted by Josh Santangelo | June 22, 2007 4:47 PM

#8: What, nothing else related to bands can be mentioned on a music blog? In case you missed it, poster art has been an integral part of the music scene for about as long as there have been bands.

Posted by A-Train | June 22, 2007 8:46 PM

crude sells! or is that sex? wait, yea sex sells... so maybe if it was a hot chic or a naked guy eating glass that would be cooler? Its a poster, i hope you were as terribly offended as it sounds, prude...

Posted by c-leb | June 23, 2007 10:32 AM

#10: No, I haven't missed the fact that poster art has been around for a long time. But honestly, do you not go to show of a band you already know and heard because you didn't like their poster art? The fact of the matter is this, you go or don't go to a show because of the music the band plays, not because of their poster art. Or maybe you are a huge douche like grandy and have no life and nothing better to do the critique things that have minimal impact. So A-train, sit and spin!

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