Spanish graphic design group Tata & Friends have turned some most famous, but obtuse, band names into a series of punchy graphics.

The yellow-and-black Rock Band Icons posters illustrate the names of 24 legendary rock groups.

They're a little like rock-and-roll themed flashcards.

For instance, how quickly can you decipher this pistol, paired with the flower seen here?

Tata & Friends stuck to only the most literal band names.

(i.e. Hoobastank won't be making an appearance.)

Rock Band Icons are at times a friendly reminder of how odd it is to sling around phrases such as "Sex Pistols" (it's easy to forget how saucy the name is) or "Blind Melon" (how random is that?).

Soda Stereo.

Green Day.

The Doors.

Alice in Chains.

Blind Melon.

Smashing Pumpkins.

The Flaming Lips.

Tool.

Pantera.

Television.

Led Zeppelin.

Sex Pistols.

The Who.

Silver Chair.

Iron and Wine.

Last but not least, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Silly Rock Band Names Rendered In Pictures

Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Stone Temple Pilots get flat and literal, courtesy of design group Tata & Friends.

Over the past few decades, as artists seek out their own unique place in the musical universe, band names have gotten harder to nail down, and hilariously abstract.

Spanish graphic design group Tata & Friends have turned the most famous of those obtuse names into a series of 24 punchy graphics, called Rock Band Icons. The yellow-and-black compilation of graphics play out like rock-and-roll themed flashcards. For example: see how quickly you can figure out which band is best represented by a seashell and a jelly jar.

On a more philosophical note, Rock Band Icons are a friendly reminder of how odd it is to sling around phrases such as "Sex Pistols" (it's easy to forget how saucy the name is) or "Blind Melon" (how random is that?). Tacking up a Tata & Friends poster may just stoke some serious conversation about the history of rock and where bands got their names from. It's no accident, for instance, that the Stones took their name from a track on a Muddy Waters LP—the blues band inspired them and some of the most legendary rock music of the 20th century.

Now let's just see if the power of graphic design can explain the poetic etymology of Butthole Surfers.

The posters will be available for purchase soon (the date is not yet disclosed) through Tata & Friends.

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  • My first reaction to the one that is supposed to be Pearl Jam was "Clam Mayo". I'm still laughing. Yes, I know pearls only come from oysters, not clams.

  • Joe Bartbart

    Not very good with plurals. I read "Gun and Rose", "Sex Pistol" etc. etc. Kinda clever, nice drawing, just should have gone the extra 5,280 feet.