Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Great moments in art history: Obituary
Some things are better when they are worse. For example, nachos. I'm sure there is some gay restaurant in LA that has $25 gourmet nachos, but who wants that? The best nachos are from 7-11, with the thin, orange cheese sauce, old, stale jalapenos, and greasy ground beef on them. You like to slum sometimes.
Such is the case with the cover of Obituary's 1989 masterpiece "Slowly We Rot." I love it because it sucks, not in spite of it sucking. Let's look at some of the things that make it great.
1. The gleaming lens flares on the ends of the logo that really communicate the design intent: "Dude, it looks like the logo is a big fuckin knife!!"
2. The corpse of a lifeless hesher rotting in the street explicitly illustrates the album's title. I like it when artists just get right to the point. There are no sociopolitical comments, it's just a picture of a guy, rotting. Slowly, we assume.
3. "Slowly We Rot" letters are made of puke. This is just a nice touch, they really pushed themselves to make this cover images as icky as possible. Again, nice attention to detail.