oh, they are fakes. that puts my mind to rest. these are no different than those lettepress showcard posters like that joan jett/runaways thing that sparked so much controversy a while ago.
dang, you mean you can actually do fake posters for past shows and even use the performers image and name and sell them and not have to split the money with performers? i'm gonna start doing that and get rich. rich, i tell ya!!!! hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
still, this looks awfully sophisticated (in a computer sort of way) for a vintage poster from back then. i remember when the dolls toured through seattle. ze whiz kidz (later known as the screamers) opened for them. i wanted to go, but i chickened out because i thought all my friends would thinki was a fag. stupid to think about, now. opportunity of a lifetime pissed away over something that lame.
no surpise that kiss would open for them. the dolls and kiss both emerged from that small ny art scene in the early 70's where everybody dressed up like cartoons and pretended to be rock bands. turns out a couple of those bands really were rockers. who woulda guessed?
is this for real? i've never ever seen a poster for the dolls that had anything like this sort of money in it. i've never heard of them headlining over a band like aerosmith - even when aerosmith was starting out. aerosmith came out of the gate far bigger than the dolls ever were. this is a crazy poster on a lot of levels. is it for real?
the guy who did this poster - back in 78? 79? - posts here under the name "mysterion". he trained half of seattle how to screen print and still does amazing work to this day. i tip my hat to his pioneering efforts and he should be recognized as a very important mentor to the entire seattle gigposter scene.
to be honest, i did associate this style with your organization, simply because of the lucero connection. i honestly haven't ever examined your work beyond that. i have to admit, the style was dramatic and attractive and influential (note how even amy jo adopted a variation of the style. it was a dramatic style change for her). however, beyond that, i don't think it was YOUR style in the first place. there's too many other older names that have done variations of that look for too long - margo chase and david carson among them. so, no, i don't "blame" you guys (if that's what you're driving at.) i think it was a style that "fit" the band at that moment in time. but, a style that strong will likely get linked with a band long after they change direction. that's the way this stuff works. it needs to be kept in mind as we work.
that's an interesting question that i can only guess at an answer. my interest is not in the specifics of this case, but the fate of that particluar style over a brief period of time in general. it's amazing how fast it spread, then how fast it is fading.
i gotta make a small correction to what i wrote about this style. i went back and looked at lucero posters and this style was even dropped by them. but the earlier lucero posters tended to have this look and it was done so powerfully that i always associated the look with them. i guess that points out how important it is to have a graphic style for a band. it locks them in to a graphic look. the problem comes when the look gets passed by in the fashion parade.
it's interesting how this style (most of the lucero stuff is the epitome of this style) has plowed through this sight and is now all ready looking really old fashioned. it sorta shows how a style becomes a trend becomes a fashion becomes a fad then becomes passe. it happens all over the place, but this particular style it happened very very fast.