Monday, January 16, 2012

Going bananas

This unsettlingly apposite visual combo came through on our RSS feed with a story about the 60s performance band The Velvet Underground sticking it to the Andy Warhol Foundation. The squabble is over the famous ‘pealable’ banana ("peal slowly and see" it said, though all you got to see was a banana) graphic designed by Andy Warhol that features on the cover of their 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico. Lou Reed and John Cale of The Velvet U claim the AW Foundation slipped the banana to iPhone and iPad accessorises to use as a decorative motif. They've asked the judge to rule that the Foundation hands over any revenue from these banana deals. And the reason you got to hear about all of this was because Google popped a 'themed' banana diet ad under the story.