Update 29 Nov 2005: The original Virgin link no longer seems to have the picture. It should still be available here. I have also been told that Virgin have claimed that there are actually 74 bands in the picture since my original post. Perhaps, with all the excellent guessing and varied interpretations in the comments below, they have realised that there were some other bands included by accident. 🙂
The Virgin Digital Find the 72 Bands competition is the cleverest piece of marketing I have seen in ages. If you haven’t already got the picture in an e-mail forward, you can get it at the Virgin Digital site.
Guaranteed to provide endless hours of amusement and head scratching, it’s a large image which contains graphic representations of 72 band names. For example, there are 2 pink scissors with pink ribbons in the middle of the photograph which represent the Scissor Sisters (I hope! ;)).
I’m not even halfway there yet! I’ll leave the ones I’ve figured out with a little help from my friends as a comment. I won’t leave explanations for the moment to avoid spoiling all the fun and to spare my blushes if I’m wrong 🙂 How many have you got?