The Fossil Records
This blog has been dormant for a month, due to a family holiday, work, and life in general catching up with me. But I'm back, with the first appearance by one of the most charismatic and famous of fossil invertebrate groups. The Trilobites were a minor indie rock band from Sydney, Australia, who released three albums and a fistful of singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Night of the Many Deaths was their third single, and is notable here because it's one of only a few of their releases to feature their fossil namesakes on the cover. The front of Night of the Many Deaths shows what appears to be a train track or rollercoaster, with five trilobites riding in carriages. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to trilobites, so if anyone can help narrow down the taxonomic identification that would be great.
Images of trilobites do appear on at least three other of the band's record sleeves. The front cover of the single Jenny's Wake (1988) features a middle-aged female chef who is apparently horrified by a steaming pan of cooked trilobites, while if you look closely at the cover of the album Savage Mood Swing (1989), you'll see trilobites hidden in the background. The cover of the CD release of the 1989 single New Head features a trilobite sitting on a couch under a lamp - perhaps visiting its psychiatrist?
These Aussie rockers are far from the only popular musical link to trilobites. A search of Discogs and Bandcamp reveals multiple others, including Californian punk rock from JJ & the Trilobites, sludge metal band Trilobite from Palm Beach, and a Miami-based Americana group called Trilobites, among others. Maybe we'll cover some of these in more detail somewhere down the line.