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Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on May 18th, 2017. Artwork published in .
    Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden 1
    Source: https://www.last.fm License: All Rights Reserved.

    Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released in October 1991. The cover illustration of the cyclone-like buzz saw blade with the spark-plug in the center is by Mark Dancey. Design: Walberg Design. Art Direction: Len Peltier.

    The band logo used on the covers of the album and the three singles — “Jesus Christ Pose” (1991), “Outshined” (Dec. 1991) and “Rusty Cage” (April 1992) — as well as on related merchandise is in a modified Eurostile Bold Condensed. The caps were not simply stretched, but selectively elongated, so that the stroke widths remain intact (except for the joins in N which get way too dark). The resulting ultranarrow high-waisted letterforms are reminiscient of early-20th century grotesks like Aurora/Neue Aurora or Venus.

    Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden 2
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.
    “Jesus Christ Pose” is in Information breitfett
    Source: http://12in.ch License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Jesus Christ Pose” is in Information breitfett

    “Outshined” is set in Helvetica Compressed.
    Source: http://www.cdandlp.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    “Outshined” is set in Helvetica Compressed.

    Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden 5
    Source: http://grungery.hu License: All Rights Reserved.

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    3 Comments on “Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden”

    1. May 18th, 2017  2:41 pm

      Nice tribute. Perhaps we need a tag for “selectively stretched” type.

    2. Nick Sherman says:
      May 18th, 2017  4:03 pm

      Perhaps the hyper-extended glyphs tag covers that?

    3. May 18th, 2017  5:12 pm

      Oh yeah!

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