Do U Remember – The Church of the Subgenius?? [via pre-Internet memes]

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that no one remembers these dudes… but maybe you should! Shepard Fairey’s Obey stickers/graffiti were not that new/original – these guys were spraypainting ‘Bob’ stencils all over the place in the mid-80s.

Used to see this a lot - now, not so much...

The Church of the Subgenius – wikipedia link provided so I don’t have to explain – really took off on college campuses – I used to see that Bob face all the time in the North East. If you bother to look into them at all, it’s obviously an overly convoluted joke done and supported by oldz that think they are too smart for their current life limitations/young college types that will eventually be oldz that think they are too smart for their current life limitations.


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25 Responses to Do U Remember – The Church of the Subgenius?? [via pre-Internet memes]

  1. nickynegative says:

    hahaha holy shit! i do remember this!

    back in the movie/show video tape trading days every tape trader had a “random” tape with shit like news footage of people getting killed, anime porn (when that was still shocking), weird movie trailers, fake snuff and wacky shit like this.

    • Sergeant D says:

      “every tape trader had a “random” tape”
      lololol so true

      • they ruined horror movies for me, no movie will ever recreate the weird anxiety i would feel watching the “random” tape some scumbag sent me and wondering what was next, i was convinced for years i had a real snuff film, found out later it was fake, but i was like15. now i can watch anything and be completely unfazed.

    • King Krakken says:

      Completely remember this!!

  2. Totes says:

    I was a young college student who never understood the whole thing but played along because my stupid friend was obsessed with Bob Dobbs. This was about 4 years ago.

  3. King Krakken says:

    I think these dudes were waaay ahead of their times in a lot of ways – plus I think a lot of their ‘artwork’ could be mined today – the Book of the Subgenius is pretty wild (and largely tl;dr).

    They really pre-dated the whole ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ thing, tho I’m usually pretty down on those types – they spend a lot of energy acting exactly like the people they are trying to satirize.

    As a kid I wrote away to a lot of the stuff in ‘High Weirdness by Mail’ – got some cool catalogs, thats for sure…

  4. chadski says:

    totally remember this stuff. i remember writing away for a pamphlet on the virtues of “slack”. actually way cooler than the obey giant stuff.

  5. Joy D'Veeve says:

    Since when was the mid-80s pre-internet?

  6. Inmyheadache says:

    I was never into this shit but definitely had a few friends who found it funny.

    Good call on the Church of the Spaghetti Monster, that’s probably actually worse.

  7. What I don’t remember well enough is the last 9 X Day gatherings I’ve been to. Crap, we got ruptured like HELL!

  8. shiv says:

    I remember reading about this on like 6 or 7 years ago and only half-getting it. I thought the logo was classy as shit though.

    • King Krakken says:

      You would dig their main book – prob get it super-cheap used – I still think the cutup art is really clever in some areas.

      I might add that considering they were publishing that in ’82(?) they were waaaay a head of a lot of conspiracy/new age thinkers as well – kabbalah stuff right in the front – what hip nerd knew about that stuff? Clever plays on YHVH, pretty satirical of televangelists, lots of pro level comedy/satire there, before I think most people were prepared for it.

      They also did their own stone-age podcasts – tapes they encouraged people to copy/share widely…

  9. Anonymous says:

    There’s this thing all the kids are into these days called “Facebook.” You should check it out sometime. Also Google. Try using it to check on how things are doing IRL before you post some horribly uninformed lameness.

    • King Krakken says:

      Thanks for the pro tip bro! Will def. ‘look into’ those things you listed!

      You may want to re-read the last sentence of this post. Little convoluted, but I think it will be rewarding for you!


  11. Rogers says:

    Wow. I was born way to late for tape trading culture. A good amount of wired stuff is now on the internet but you still will find cool things on a VHS tape once in a wile if you find them.

    Though over the years I have found a few strange VHS tapes from yard sales of Gen X’ers and Gen Y kids all grown up, thrift stores and flea markets. Some are wired collages video and others are just plain strange. I wish I knew where I could find more though.

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