The question I have most frequently been asked over the last week is 'but...why are you wearing a band T-shirt every day for 30 days?' accompanied by a confused and worried expression. Because I can, is the answer. Is there a better answer? And perhaps because I'm trying to recapture my youth? And because it seemed like a fun distraction for the month of July. I have, however, learned several things:-
1.) I feel frumpy wearing band T-shirts. My style choices are different now. I no longer wish to wear a Fruit of the Loom T-shirt made of fuzzy material with a slogan roughly ironed over the front, that doesn't fit properly. However, it's sort of fun trying to make the band T-shirts fit in with the things I'd normally wear.
2.) I don't have enough band T-shirts for 30 days. This links to my last blog post, in which I lamented the loss of all the band T-shirts I owned as a younger version of myself. However...
3.) ...people have been very forthcoming once they learned of the idea. Many have offered me the old band T-shirts they keep in their bottom drawers, or that they wear in bed. Which leads on to...
4.) It turns out that I am not the only person who has put my band T-shirt loving, gig-going self away in favour of something more sedate in my old age. This is proven by the fact that everyone keeps their old band T-shirts in their bottom drawers, or wears them in bed.
So here's a round up of the last 7 days in band T-shirts:-
Day 1: Hundred Reasons:-
I bought this in February 2002. I was 17 years old. I went to watch them support Ash at the London Astoria (RIP). I crowdsurfed for the first and only time in my life, and went home from the gig feeling like I could conquer the world. Later that month I bought two goldfish and named them Colin and Larry after members of the band. This T-shirt is not the shade of navy blue it once was. The gold star in the middle has held up fairly well given the amount of ironing it has been subjected to over the last 10 years. There is a hair dye stain on the right shoulder. The fish died within a month because I cleaned their bowl with Fairy Liquid, but I hope the T-shirt will survive for many years to come.
Day 2: The Ramones:-
I bought this T-shirt in October 2011 in the kids section at H&M. Tip for you if you're a relatively slim girl: Hennes do quite a good selection of retro band T-shirts and the age 10-12 ones will likely fit you, and they only cost about £5. I realise that, in terms of band T-shirts, this is cheating. Because I was not around to see The Ramones. Although I wish I had been. I bought this because I was going to see my friends band in a small pub in Tunbridge Wells and I wanted to dress like a punk. I don't think a real punk would have worn a child's replica Ramones T-shirt from Hennes, but the punk spirit is there in the bargain price and the squeezing of my bits into a T-shirt not made for an adult. Or something.
Day 3:- Elvis Presley
I went to visit Graceland earlier this year, on the 35th anniversary of Elvis's death. This was a coincedence. But I bought an Elvis T-shirt in Memphis, on Beale Street. And I think that counts as rock n roll.
Day 4:- AC/DC
Another £5 Hennes Kids bargain. This one has little diamante bits on it. It's quite glam rock and also, again, a bit of a cheat. But it gets better, promise.
Day 5:- Blondie
Here's where my brilliant friends start to swoop in to save the day, because I am running out of band T-shirts, and part of the point of this is to get everyone remembering their own band and band T-shirt experiences. This one belongs to my friend Becky. I love Blondie, and so it makes me happy. I wore it to work and my friend Gemma exclaimed 'I love Blondie! Blondie's my favourite! I've seen Blondie twice! Once I went with my mum! She loved it! We went to see Motley Crue too!'
So the T-shirt's are working. Memories are starting to spring up from the depths of the backs of our minds. And some of them involve Motley Crue. Anyway, Gemma thinks she might have an old Motley Crue hoodie somewhere. If she finds it she will bring it in and it will become part of the 30 Days project. Stay tuned.
Day 6:- Muse
This is another one belonging to Becky. Becky has loved Muse ever since she was a whippersnapper. I loved Muse until they stopped releasing exciting albums, which happened right after Origin of Symmetry (2001). I saw them play Reading Festival in 2002 and it absolutely hammered with rain and it was incredibly dramatic. This T-shirt is awesome, and goes very well with my 1950's Freddie of Pinewood jeans. As I wear it, I resolve to dig Origin of Symmetry out of my cupboard and listen to it start to finish with no skips.
Day 7:- Slipknot
Another of Becky's. Because I know little of Slipknot (though I saw them play a gig once and it was really bloody good, and I really tried to like their early albums but I just wasnt...metal enough. Now that I'm Well Old Innit, I actually like them more, not less.) Becky told me the story of this T-shirt, which she made herself. The picture is from an early limited edition EP that was released before their debut album, eons ago. The ghost-like, blurry man on the front is Joey Jordison without his mask on. Naked.
And because it's already Day 8...
Day 8:- The Prodigy
This T-shirt belongs to my friend Chris, and he informs me he wants it back, which is sad, because I really love it. Even though it's a man's size and therefore too big for me, it seems to hang really well, and goes great over shorts or a denim skirt. The motif on the front is also awesome. And it has holes in it which suggests it has seen enough of life to be an authentic Old Band T-shirt. I want to keep it. Let's see if Chris notices.
I am reliably informed that there are more band T-shirts coming in from all corners of the country, nay, the world. Let's see what the postman brings.