Some witty and likable folks with art school credentials and/or graphic design skills presumably residing in the British Isles recently started a Twitter presence for those of you out there who unaccountably are interested in both rock and roll music and athletics. The presence is called Bands FC and I urge you to go check it out, it’s very amusing.
The account’s geezer-ish slogan runs thus: “How it works. Bands as football teams. Football teams as bands.” There’s a lot of visual punning going on that requires some basic knowledge of Premier League Football logos. Every now and then they throw up an entry with the text “This is how we do it” that explains the concept to newcomers. Here’s one of the only ones that I actually understood without the help:
The logos are often quite clever, but they’re not afraid to go obvious when it suits them, as with Spinal Tap’s three “goes to 11” knobs or Nirvana’s smiley face.
The knowledge of the conventions involved in football logos runs deep. Sometimes the names of the band members are listed (“SIXX NEIL LEE MARS”), sometimes not. Sometimes there’s an “EST. 1967” (Fleetwood Mac) thrown in for fun, sometimes not. All in all the person or people who made these understood that the goal of a sports logo is to foster worship among the masses, and also the colors have to lend themselves to expression in the form of a garish winter scarf.
Below are some of my faves but there are lots more at the source.
Tons more after the jump…........