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BAMM Celebrates: The Greatest Band Logos

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See that picture above? The Rolling Stones have updated their famous ‘lips’ logo to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and – if anything – this revamp only goes to solidify its reputation as one of the all-time great band logos: instantly recognisable, effortlessly cool and simple enough to reproduce quickly on a billion T-shirts and a quadzillion bedroom posters.

So – which other band logos can proudly stand alongside those luscious red lips? Let’s construct a virtual hall of fame and take a look at some of the exhibits, shall we?


Pretty much close to perfection, this one. That cheeky little lightening bolt conveys both a) the electricity reference and b) the storm-laden power of balls-out RAWK MUSIC. Faultless.


Elegant, stylish and simple. Thank god no one tried to incorporate a beetle into this, or it would have immediately lost cool points and been relegated to the realm of ‘rejected clipart images.’


Gene Simmons and his fellow KISS rockers really aren’t fond of people using their logo on counterfeit t-shirts … and when they have a logo as timeless and classic as this, who can blame them?


Pretty much paint-by-numbers Gen-X nihilism – and pretty much fits the band perfectly.


Holding up the modern contingent, this effort from British indie stars The xx brilliantly reflects the dark minimalism of the band.


Psychedelic, warped, colorful and sprawling – both in terms of music and band logo. These 70s prog-rockers hit the nail on the head with this beauty.

So what do you guys think? Agree, disagree, or are screaming violently at your monitor right now? What are your favorite band logos? exclusive: Realboy, ‘The Ritz’

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Typical, isn’t it? You wait ages for a live performance from a blazing new electronic duo, and then two come along at once. We already treated you to a killer tune from San Francisco wonderkids Realboy on Monday, and now – because we’re just so darn good to you here at – we’re going to throw another one your way. And they say that Santa Claus guy is generous …

‘The Ritz’ probably isn’t the sort of thing you’d hear played in The Ritz – and all the better for it. Rather it’s the sort of thing you’d hear amid a sea of flailing arms, strobe lights, and enthusiastic shouts of ‘hell yeah!’. Mixing up Charleston-style jazz refrains with the heaviest of beats, it’s quite unlike anything we’ve ever heard before … which is exactly how we like it. Exclusive: ‘1922’ by Realboy

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‘Eclectic’ is one of those terms that can often be overused – it’s journalistic shorthand for when an artist or band has so much going on that they defy easy categorization. Sometimes, however, you have to roll with the cliches and drag out such a word, simply because it suits the subject matter so well. Which brings us to Realboy. They’re eclectic. Seriously eclectic.

More than happy to hop and chop genres in a heartbeat, Realboy consists of electro-mastermind duo Daniel Gomez and Austin Jacobsen, who look all set to take their all-encompassing sound on a worldwide blitz – starting, of course, in their native San Francisco. If you want to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new trajectory, these are the guys to follow.

Check out our exclusive performance of ‘1922’ above, and prepare to be blown away …

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