Merciful Release logos through the years?

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The old head and star has seen a few variants over the years... stars, cogs, half cogs, etc

Also, it started as the logo for the record label, but over time become more of a band logo. (especially as there is no functioning MR record label anymore!)

Has anyone documented how the MR logo has evolved over the years? And when it stopped being a label logo and became a band logo, or even a tour logo?

It's a messy history, I suspect.

eg:
1981 - head and star v1
1982 - head and star v2
1998 - new head and cog
2013 - new head and half star
2016 - new head and half star with cog

or something like that? (I'm not saying those dates are correct btw - they're purely as an example)

Feels like something that could be added to the MR wiki page - https://sisterswiki.org/Merciful_Release

If anyone has the necessary knowledge and imagery to collate the info...?
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There's some stuff here:

https://sisterswiki.org/Band_History

But it doesn't feel like it's quite what I'm after.
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There was a thread somewhere with a load of t-shirts through the ages, that might help?

Or you could just go through all the records they've released. Oh, wait. ;D
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markfiend wrote:
13 Oct 2020, 13:04
There was a thread somewhere with a load of t-shirts through the ages, that might help?

Or you could just go through all the records they've released. Oh, wait. ;D
you see my dilemma? :lol:
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There were loads of pics of Sisters shirts through the years in the old HL photo gallery.
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Scardwel wrote:
13 Oct 2020, 13:19
There were loads of pics of Sisters shirts through the years in the old HL photo gallery.
*sobs*

i have backups of the images, but not the gallery itself (which contained all the background info about the images)
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I can't remember who made this but it was on FB a few months back.

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Scardwel wrote:
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I can't remember who made this but it was on FB a few months back.

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That's the thing I was thinking of when I mentioned the t-shirt thread. Nice one.
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nice! thanks @Scardwel

from those, i guess we could say MR used:

v1) the original gray's anatomy head and star - 1981 - 1982

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v2) the slightly redrawn version of the original head and star - 1982 - 1994

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v3) the front-facing head and star (which was sometimes used with a cog around it) - 1994 - present

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which is still used on http://www.merciful-release.com/ to this day

and that all other variants belonged to the band, rather than the label?
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incidentally @Being645 the wiki page here may be wrong on the new logo's start date

https://sisterswiki.org/Band_History

the first usage of the newer front-facing head and star i found was on a La Costa Rasa album released on MR in 1994:

https://sisterswiki.org/Autopilot

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although this version does not have the cog, if that makes a difference to what we consider "the logo" to be? (personally i consider the head and star to be the logo, and the cog is just an element around the logo)
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@Quiff Boy
Thank you for the hint, I'll see to that.
Btw, the new logo has very often been used without that one arm on the right side, too.


EDIT:
done that , but I see the last part of that page is in want of a review as well ...
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markfiend wrote:
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There was a thread somewhere with a load of t-shirts through the ages, that might help?

I stopped maintaining my "Sisters wardrobe" thread after photobucket wanted paying for their service. The first shirt I remember having a cog was the Event Horizon one from 1998, and that was literally just a cog, no variation of Head and star.
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Without wishing to in any way shape or form sound like a killjoy, I must say I don't see any evolving going on since the mid 90s change. I see the same logo with different bits missing, often on t-shirts that don't turn up for sale until a few dates into the tour, suggesting he decides which bit to take out this time about 5 minutes before leaving the house. Not always of course, the National Treasure shirt is, well, a national treasure, and for sure sometimes the doktored ( ;D ) logos look superb - Europe 2002 is a fave - but I don't see any evolution really. Still wtf do I know ;D
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I think you're probably right on all counts @Planet Dave :lol:
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Am i the only one who thinks the "new" logo is p*ss-poor compared to the old one (82-94)? Because it is . :von:
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Yeah, the head from a different angle is awful, the original is still the best. I'm wondering if the next logo will be the head viewed from directly above, so just a circle,
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eastmidswhizzkid wrote:
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Am i the only one who thinks the "new" logo is p*ss-poor compared to the old one (82-94)? Because it is . :von:
True mate, I'm sure it was just coincidence but it happened at the same time that all the football clubs 'modernised' their crests too. They were usually awful too.
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It's gradually turning into this, which feels like a fair representation of where we are

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