Friday, January 23, 2009

Coven by Plastic Crimewave


Yesterday, while I was trauling the net in search of material for an upcoming post (prepare for awesome), I stumbled upon the artwork of Steve Krakow; in particular, his series entitled: The Secret History of Chicago Music. Posters from the series are featured in The Chicago Reader, and listeners can hear it on the Nick Digilio Show on WGN 720.

Given my propensity for all things occult, naturally, I liked the feature he did on COVEN, reportedly the first band to rock out in the name of Satan. Their claims to fame include: the first-ever use of the "devil horns" hand signal; the first recording of an authentic Black Mass**; and blonde bombshell Jinx Dawson, vocalist and student of both opera and Satanism.

Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) also produces Galactic Zoo, "a hand drawn psychedelic magazine occasional published since 1995 by Plastic Crimewave, and has been published by the good folks at Drag City since 2001. The mags originally came with cassettes and posters, but current issues come with a CD compilation of rare sounds and trading card sets of damaged guitar gods and astral folk maidens.*"


* Source: The Homeplace of Plastic Crimewave, Galactic Zoo Dossier

** "Satanic Mass" is 13 minutes in length, and can be found on their debut album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (1969)

6 comments:

Maison De Sante said...

For all of the great metal that came out of Coven, they are most famous for Jinx's cover of One Tin Soldier.

Weird how that happens.

I'm a huge fan of the blog by the way--especially the Devil's music posts, though I'm surprised I haven't seen Kittie on there. It just seems like if there was ever a destined Kittie fan out there....

Karswell said...

Jinx Dawson = Awesome!

And weird, word verfiication is "CONCEN" ?!

It's almost Coven.

pudding-monkey said...

Neat stuff. I like music history, especially if it's about punk or metal. And I really like that guy's art. I thought it looked like silkscreen printing, but some almost look like lithographs.

Kitty LeClaw said...

Pudding Monkey said: "I like music history, especially if it's about punk or metal."

... and, of course, Satanic Psychedelic Rock! Satanodelic... Psychotanic...

Kitty LeClaw said...

Maison de Sante said: "It just seems like if there was ever a destined Kittie fan out there..."

I tried to like Kittie, I really did. Especially given that their from my native land and all... I think their videos turned me off. Maybe they deserve a second chance?

Karswell: I am almost certain now that the word verification is pulled from the text of the post... the coincidences are too strange and numerous to list!

Maison De Sante said...

If your intro to Kittie was Spit and you didn't like it, I say no worries-- everyone has different tastes.

If your intro was one of the other albums, I say listen to Spit before you write them off...