I’m sure they don’t even give a shit, but someone had to say it (if it hasn’t already been said).
While working on the bands list for the Hardcore section yesterday, I came across Blacklisted’s MySpace page and came across the following:
It’s a cover for a record of theirs that I’ve never seen because I never got into them, but that’s another story. I’ve even seen them a few times, but musically, lyrically, live and recorded…they just don’t do anything for me. Since I was already online and it would take almost zero effort, I thought maybe checking them out again for the nth time might sway my opinion. It didn’t. Instead of continuing on a lukewarm path of indifference, the image above – the cover for their “Peace On Earth, War On Stage” 7″ – forced me to decide to not have anything to do with this band ever again.
Did they not realize that the Air Jordan/Jumpman logo is right in the middle of the cover of their fucking record? Did they see whatever proof of the cover art that whoever was working on and okay it? Did they encourage the use of it?
It’s a fucking corporate logo on the front of your record. How is that okay? Especially on the cover of a hardcore record.
It would’ve been incredibly easy to move the location of the Liberty Bell from the bottom of the cover to the center of it, as was done for the poster for the 7″:
However, the poster is arguably even worse because the logo is repeated – though it is no longer the central focus. I am well aware of all the limitations that plague any record layout; whether they be any combination of resources (e.g. live photos), money, time or if you’re just trying to keep the peace between those within the band and get the layout finished so you can get on with your life. This however, is totally unacceptable.
It blows my mind that this record was given the green light under any circumstances. I mean honestly, what do you think that cover tells people about your band? What do you think you’re saying to (relatively) younger hardcore kids that like your band? That it’s not just okay, but that it’s cool to spend insane amounts of money on Jordan shit? That being a walking advertisement for a company that’s infamous for exploiting its workers is okay? That’s fucked.
I’m all about having a sense of style, not listening to what others have to say, etc. etc., but that shit is outrageous.
What’s equally frustrating is that both the 7″ cover and the poster look great otherwise. But to literally advertise a corporate logo on the most important part of the packaging that holds music that you’ve created is absolutely absurd.
How do you expect anyone who loves hardcore to take you seriously?