Raymond Pettibon and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The second song to be released of the Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm with you" album is a track called Monarchy of Roses. The music video was released several weeks ago and pays tribute to graphic artist Raymond Pettibon. Raymond made his mark designing album covers, flyers and logos for Black flag, SST Records and just about anyone else associated with the L.A. punk scene of the late 70s and 80s.

Pettibon's bludgeoning black and white images, which he often matches with harrowing texts taken from popular culture, art criticism and commercials, are a true combination of the sacred and the profane, you could reasonably argue by that logic alone that they've been inspiring Anthony Kiedis lyrics for years now.

I found this article on the MTV website and really found the rise of the iconography of the 70s/80s punk scene fascinating. Give it a read.


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