i dont think its obscene, its a drawing of a dancing guy. It just got me thinking about related (sometime obscene) imagery associated with similar bands and how it related to the music or attitudes behind the music.
Yeah i agree with that deduction - that type of imagery does seem to be the final frontier in obscenity (for now) and while i can see how the imagery miight relate to what some of these bands are trying to do on record and musically does it really parallel to the content of the music?
seems to me its almost purely for shock value - not that this poster is shocking really. Like you (crosshair) put it "I like this poster much more because it seems to be a representation of all the potential fun aspects of noise- spontaneity, un-inhibition, freaking out, getting naked'' Indeed.
Like everything I say it was mostly snark, containing a little diamond of truth.
But, in plain language- Cocks on posters freak people out. Look at the reaction. They make people genuinely uncomfortable. Boobs don't do that. Blood doesn't do that. And many a masters' thesis could be written on why that is.
But the point is, noise bands and the culture around them have always gravitated to the most shocking, squirm-inducing imagery they can find, because it's what they imagine they are doing with their music. It's a wedge. You're either into it, in which case you're "one of us", or you're "shocked" by it, in which case fuck you you're a tool.
Look at the covers to Japanoise records. Lots of cocks. Lots of sadism. lots of pedophilia. lots of rape.
I like this poster much more because it seems to be a representation of all the potential fun aspects of noise- spontaneity, un-inhibition, freaking out, getting naked.
Seriously though, to name a couple of the the obvious ones off the top of my head, seripop does a lot of posters for these type of bands and i'm sure i've seen my fair share of male genitalia on their posters also someone like Quigley, (though its harder to tell) im sure theres some dicks flopping around somewhere in his posters too.
Crosshairs answer kind of makes sense somehow, but i''m not sure if it was serious. What is it, Avant garde or something. Someone enlighten me.