Musicians Wearing Shirts from Bands That Sound Nothing Like Them

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sorry it's me, and no, my music doesn't sound anything like Darkthrone
Thank you for clearing that up! Wear whatever you want, make whatever music you want. I am pretty sure Fenriz would approve of both.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 22 February 2014 05:08 (five years ago) link

No one finds dudes from a wimpy indie boyband in Mortician and AC/DC shirts funny? No one?

tbh I have absolutely no idea who that is.

I am *shocked* that Moby would be wearing a Bad Brains t-shirt, I mean it's not like he was in an early 80s hardcore band or anything.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 22 February 2014 10:00 (five years ago) link

It's the Lead Hipster from Interpol and his similarly indie-sounding solo-ish band, dressed up as metal dudes for a joke. (One of them is actually quite seriously into metal, see if you can spot which one, and actually they were taking the piss out of that guy by dressing like that; but, that band still sounds absolutely nothing like any of the bands on those shirts.)

((I guess maybe it would have been more obvious if I'd picked the one where he is not just wearing an ironic Van Halen t-shirt but also a *trucker hat* for maximum hipster points, but the wall of all four of them is funnier than just the one.))

OH GOD I AM TALKING ABOUT INTERPOL AGAIN, SHOOT ME. This is starting to reach OCD proportions.

But, y'know, hipster boy-dudes in metal shirts don't even pass notice, while the girl-bassist from an actual punk band wearing a punk t-shirt is OMG THE VAPOURS HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE.

Combat Cretaceous Renewal (Branwell Bell), Saturday, 22 February 2014 10:25 (five years ago) link

im with mark. no idea who that band was. Im gonna have a guess its your latest faves Interpol?

xp

۩, Saturday, 22 February 2014 10:36 (five years ago) link

i saw a girl in a t shirt the other day. it wasn't even a rock n roll shirt, it was just the honey nut cheerios bee. but it made me wonder - has she ever even had honey nut cheerios?

contenderizer, Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:32 (five years ago) link

I thought the band in BB's pic was Metallica, so I was like, "what's so weird about Metallica wearing AC/DC shirts?". (Though TBH I have no idea what Interpol sounds like, but I take your word that they're not like AC/DC.)

Tuomas, Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:54 (five years ago) link

Tuomas do you know what AC/DC sounds like? :)

۩, Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:38 (five years ago) link

Wear a Tshirt of some band you never heard and when quizzed on it talk at length about the sleeve designer and say are you a fan of their work then

cog, Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:55 (five years ago) link

saw a girl being lifted into an ambulance while wearing a tiara and L plates. call me a rockist but I had grave doubts that she was actual royalty, or a car

imago bantz and the deems context (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 22 February 2014 13:09 (five years ago) link

Some chick in a band, somewhere:

http://24.media.tumblr.com/772adb253a64ecb0b5caa6811e063df0/tumblr_n1eki9wGMb1rjw8sqo1_1280.jpg

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Saturday, 22 February 2014 15:08 (five years ago) link

No one finds dudes from a wimpy indie boyband in Mortician and AC/DC shirts funny? No one?

Oh, I give up.

― Combat Bodacious Accruals (Branwell Bell), Friday, February 21, 2014 5:33 PM (Yesterday)

that's a duck dynasty shirt on the guy 2nd from right

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Saturday, 22 February 2014 17:17 (five years ago) link

ha it looks like it should be some old NWOBHM band's insignia or something

imago bantz and the deems context (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 22 February 2014 17:55 (five years ago) link

Isn't that Seb from Trans Am / Baroness in Paul Banks band?

Oblique Strategies, Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:04 (five years ago) link

rock band interpol wear a rock band t-shirt and a matching trouser as "joke"
flipin hilirios

massaman gai, Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:24 (five years ago) link

great thread.

|$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅| (gr8080), Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:31 (five years ago) link

Firstly, it's not "Interpol" it's Paul Banks' solo band. Interpol do not *do* t-shirts, or jeans. It is against their ~design aesthetic~. Or, erm, something.

Secondly, I actually have no idea what the name of Paul Banks' solo band's drummer is. Sorry. I totally fail at fangirl. It would, however, be quite funny if Banks' band were comprised of all those hard rock and metalish dudes and yet still managed to sound not in the slightest bit hard or even rock. :-P

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:03 (five years ago) link

I would really love an actual

YOUR
FAVORITE
BAND

shirt

lord of the files (Crabbits), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:38 (five years ago) link

As opposed to a YOUR FAVOURITE BAND shirt, which being in the U.S. would look like an affectation. Just like all the band t-shirts I wear!

lord of the files (Crabbits), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:39 (five years ago) link

http://news.qthemusic.com/2012/09/qa_paul_banks_-_the_interpol_f.html

Banks confirms in this interview that it's Seb from Trans Am.

Ian Glasper's trapped in a scone (aldo), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:39 (five years ago) link

i saw a girl in a t shirt the other day. it wasn't even a rock n roll shirt, it was just the honey nut cheerios bee. but it made me wonder - has she ever even had honey nut cheerios?

― contenderizer, Saturday, February 22, 2014 11:32 AM (12 hours ago)

ps lol I am totally stealing this

lord of the files (Crabbits), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:40 (five years ago) link

No one IRL ever actually gives a flying fuck or is sexist about any band t-shirt I wear or have worn in my 15+ years of IRL bad fashion sense
I had hoped for years as a teenager in a podunk town that wearing a Sonic Youth shirt would be a great way to meet likeminded souls
Turns out it's true but all the likeminded souls are men twice your age who just want to read a teenage girl's boobs

maybe being too harsh with that last line

lord of the files (Crabbits), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:41 (five years ago) link

NB tho I don't perform music

lord of the files (Crabbits), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:44 (five years ago) link

Really, I swear to god I was trying to research whether that was Paul Banks' drummer or not, but then I fell into a hole on Tumblr and after 40 pages of haircuts I completely forgot what I was looking for so cheers, yeah?

http://media.tumblr.com/9e130d7615563fe779529e038f2d8889/tumblr_inline_mtcd315V2S1qfyule.jpg

WAIT. Actually, reading the interview, and remembering tweets from him and various fans and his band, the guy in the photo is Charles, not Seb. The other guy that isn't Brandon Curtis is Damien something or other.

Aw, reading that interview reminded me how much I really like that Banks record. It's a cute record.

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:50 (five years ago) link

(I am now totally going to make a YOUR FAVOURITE BAND shirt for myself. And not just in photoshop, either)

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Saturday, 22 February 2014 23:52 (five years ago) link

I had hoped for years as a teenager in a podunk town that wearing a Sonic Youth shirt would be a great way to meet likeminded souls

Ha yeah, except my boobs were never worth reading even for guys twice my age, so it never worked for me on even that level. Still tho it's not like I've ever gone the other way and struck up conversation with someone about their t-shirt so I guess I am the problem too.

(OK, I did once: I excitedly told someone in a Kitty Kitty Corporation t-shirt "nice shirt, I love Quickspace and Ligament!!1" at a gig I was sort-of-running and she looked mutely terrified and left the gig before the music started and I suspect never came to any of our other gigs again. Sorry to that person.

I was probably being a gatekeeping asshole myself anyway bcz I was probably secretly hoping they would say "I have never heard of Ligament, you are better at having heard bands than me and I am unworthy of this t-shirt" or sth. I have no idea what this post is even about, sorry)

the ghosts of dead pom-bears (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:32 (five years ago) link

I have totally, in the past, struck up conversations with random strangers about the brilliant T-shirts that they were wearing! (I also used to drink a lot more heavily in the past, so I would strike up conversations with random strangers over just about anything.)

**now goes back to studying guitar solos in live Interpol videos jesus fucking christ how does he do that**

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:52 (five years ago) link

I often strike up convos with people based on their outfits. They generally seem happy to be talking with me.

james franco, Sunday, 23 February 2014 01:11 (five years ago) link

someone told me i couldn't wear the doctor who shirt i was wearing because i didn't know it was a doctor who shirt. I just thought it was a shirt with a messed up police box on it.

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 23 February 2014 01:36 (five years ago) link

I met one of my best friends in this town through him seeing me wearing semi-obscure tweepop band t-shirts and coming over and saying hi and stuff, mind you maybe 75% of my t-shirts are band ones. Another 20% being record label tees.

Slight damage to cover on top corner (chewed by a kitten) (Craigo Boingo), Sunday, 23 February 2014 01:46 (five years ago) link

i am pretty sure that no member of Metallica excels at puppetry tbh

we sold our Solsta for Rock'n'Roll (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 February 2014 01:49 (five years ago) link

i will occasionally compliment people on their band tshirts, but because i know in advance that it will be completely weird & awkward, i try do it in a glancing way, so that by the time my comment registers, i'm already halfway out the door (figurative if need be). more social interaction should be conducted in this fashion, imo.

contenderizer, Sunday, 23 February 2014 06:45 (five years ago) link

all my social interaction is conducted in that fashion

soref, Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:05 (five years ago) link

ha, saw someone last night wearing a flying saucer attack t-shirt and wanted to say something but didn't (was most curious about how new it looked, was pristine)

koogs, Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:19 (five years ago) link

Kitty Kitty Corporation t-shirt

i wish i had one of these. the logo is super cute.

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Sunday, 23 February 2014 07:20 (five years ago) link

I figure talking *to* someone (note operative preposition) about their T-shirts is fairly relaxed, because it is something they've chosen, a taste marker they are displaying, and hence it's not *inherently* rude to politely compliment.

But like any other human interaction, yes, this is depending on following, y'know, basic guidelines of respect, and before you protest "OMG who would not show respect" realise that there are many many people who do not, or who just think that music fans who code female don't *deserve* that respect. Coming up to me after soundcheck and saying "Great Hawkwind T-shirt, what's your favourite album" would get you a 5-minute conversation on Doremi vs Quark Strangeness and Charm. Standing in front of me as I pack up my big muffs, and loudly saying "I bet she can't even name a Stooges song!" will get you a punch in the nose!

Show respect and treat the person as your equal! Even if they are a musician who happens to look female! And if you find yourself only ever directing t-shirt questions at members of your target gender, but never your own, Don't Be That Guy.

There's a big difference between "wow, that Spacemen 3 t-shirt looks so beat up, I bet it could tell a few stories" (or even "that's a pristine shirt, did they reform or something?") vs the guy who stares at your breasts for 20 minutes before accusing something like "that is in the Spacemen 3 font but it is not a Spacemen 3 t-shirt who ripped it off what a poseur" because they have never heard of Other Music despite being at a drone show. That weird kinda half-bravaggio half-contempt tone that some dudes get when they talk to female persons like I don't even think they realise how gross it is. There is nothing wrong with the thing in itself, but there is a hell of a lot wrong with how some people do it!

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:40 (five years ago) link

(I mean, what pisses me off about that story I told on the other thread is... y'know, the actual band t-shirts I have got actual shit for, these bands were *not* even obscure or anything. Like, how fucking insulting is it to assume that a musician in a garage band has never heard the Stooges, y'know? That's what made it so over the top sexist.)

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:47 (five years ago) link

Our Alice (probably about 10 then) saw a Ramones t-shirt in the window of Oxfam Reading, so she cadged the fiver off me and went in for it.

The Scottish guy who runs the shop was a little "Oh, you like the ramones then?" but she gave him chapter and verse about the first album and how "Rock and roll high school" was her favourite film when she was five, etc. He was very "Really? Wow, ok then"

Film That, Nick Hornby!

Mark G, Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:55 (five years ago) link

Yeah, what BB said..

There is that 'hey, justify yr t-shirt' edge maybe, but sometimes people have liked my t-shirt or asked about it and I daresay Alice would get people seeing her wearing it and just assume it's bought in topshop, but as she says "If it has Tommy's name it's probably not a real one"

Mark G, Sunday, 23 February 2014 09:13 (five years ago) link

Fuck bands, I'm now going to start wearing t-shirts with the names of heritage apple varieties.

YEAH MAN I JUST PLANTED A PEABODY NONESUCH. I bet you've never so much as eaten a pippin; get tae fuck.

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Sunday, 23 February 2014 14:33 (five years ago) link

nice. " actually, it's a better cider apple..."

4. Nels Cline and My Uncle Eat Soup at Panera Bread (3:37) (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:50 (five years ago) link

ILM in 2007: Hey, let's post pix of bands/artists wearing band shirts of bands they don't much sound like! What fun!
ILM in 2014: Let's discuss the philosophical expressions of wearing band shirts.

Fucking progress, man.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:56 (five years ago) link

We have grown.

Mark G, Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:57 (five years ago) link

Your thread sucked. Now it is better. Deal with it.

Bipolar Sumner (Branwell Bell), Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:04 (five years ago) link

Go fuck yourself.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:09 (five years ago) link

your favourite thread sucks

soref, Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:09 (five years ago) link

ILM in 2007: Hey, let's post pix of bands/artists wearing band shirts of bands they don't much sound like! What fun!
ILM in 2014: Let's discuss the philosophical expressions of wearing band shirts.

both of these are perfectly OK timewasting activities

imago bantz and the deems context (DJ Mencap), Sunday, 23 February 2014 17:24 (five years ago) link

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/njsouthall/stevecardiacs.jpg

Steve from Embrace wearing a Cardiacs t-shirt. This is not unusual if you know him. He'll be wearing a Sleaford Mods t-shirt next.

I'm happy with the turn this thread has taken, btw.

the drummer is a monster (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 24 February 2014 10:28 (five years ago) link


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