the 'el morocco' type is the actual signage for the old casino. the band name was taken from an old teen exploitation move. i believe they lifted the actual title type for their own logo use (correct me if i'm wrong).
yup. jim is amazing, did a shitload of posters, all under assumed names for some reason. the only way you can be sure he did them is to show him and ask him. too bad, he's an amazing artist all around.
this was the other one i was cutting up. this was opening night at the very first punk club in seattle. the police raided it and came in swinging billyclubs and busting heads. the lead singer (the gal) got a broken arm. a recording (people screaming, cops yelling threats, chaos) of the raid was included on the enemy's record "trendy violence".
seattle has always fought music clubs (it's still illegal to dance in some washington state cities). one of the big reasons there were so many posters and so many different clubs in seattle's punk history is that the city, the police and the fire department kept closing them down. the average lifespan of club (up until "grunge' made it profitable for yuppie lawyers to open punk clubs), was under 6 months. i think at the rocket we calculated that it was close to three months, tops. posters were the ONLY way at all that you could find out what was playing and where.
seattle's hatred of live music is one of the underlying reasons behind the poster band in that city.
this is the poster i was cutting up in"hype". please note that the original (this is only a xerox) was printed with red and black inks and that the one i was cutting up was another xerox. i may be dumb, but i'm not STUPID. i sold the original for $400.
there are a lot of times that lifting old classic illustrators' work and slopping it on a punk poster pisses off everybody, like they're actually being ripped off or something. but, ya know, there are times when the illustrator is SO famous and SO perfect for the band/event/moment, that it goes beyond the almost pedestrian notion of theft into some sort of wonderful cosmic collaboration or celebration. i've always felt that this poster is one of those moments.