First then, let’s get the business out the way… There are dozens of new T-shirts on the site as well as a few more paintings.
Of the T-shirts, I must acknowledge that several have been kicking around for a while but somehow weren’t listed. There are a few still to come that fall into this category, but the 50 or so missing ones are now up. The biggest surprise here was the Michael Hutchence T-shirt. We had been asked a few times about the late INXS star and had been working on a design for a while, but when we finally released it, the response was phenomenal. I really hadn’t appreciated quite how strong the feel was for Hutchence.
Next up was that we for some bizarre reason were missing designs for 2 of the biggest icons in music history. Kurt Cobain and Freddie Mercury. Both were missing because we were struggling to come up with suitable designs. While Kurt Cobain needed to be simple – which I hope we achieved – Freddie Mercury was always going to a tricky one. We wanted to avoid the clichés so easily associated with the great man. Those Live Aid and Works era live poses – all yellow leather jacket and arm in the air were just too obvious. And even those Queen fans that got into the band because of those performances will acknowledge that Queen’s greatest work was in the 70s and that was the era we wanted to honour. Again, hopefully you feel we have done the great man justice.
Next up we have the pioneering bluesmen shirts - John Lee Hooker, http://www.bathroomwall.co.uk/store/bb-king-tshirt-p-591.html, Bo Diddley, Lead Belly, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson.
My personal favourite on the new listings are in the Rock Star Academy. David’s Fancy Dress Emporium honours David Bowie’s amazing talent for image reinvention, while Sid’s Music School celebrates that punk ethic of anyone being able to grab an instrument and jumping on stage with no talent required. But it is the Led Zeppelin ‘Starship’ that I really love the best.
Led Zeppelin and David Bowie are also both represented in the new lyric T-shirts with Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog and David Bowie’s Life On Mars now available along with:
Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
Genesis – Ripples
Genesis - A Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Tom Waits – Tom Traibert’s Blues
REM – Everybody Hurts
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Madness - House of Fun
Boomtown Rats - I Don’t Like Mondays
Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Patti Smith - Gloria
Adam & the Ants - Prince Charming
In a similar vain, we are now producing movie quote T-shirts. Back To The Future, Silence of the Lambs, The Godfather, Blues Brothers, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, School of Rock and Spinal Tap.
The brand new T-shirt listings are
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and of course Guitar Hero 3)
Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Johnny Ramone (The Ramones)
Joey Ramone (The Ramones)
Debbie Harry (Blondie)
Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
Duff MacKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded)
Herman Li (Dragon Force)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Keith Flint (Prodigy)
Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks)
Lowell George (Little Feat)
Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr Big and loads of other stuff)
Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Satellite Party, Porno for Pyros, Lollapalooza)
Brandon Flowers (The Killers)
Then we have T-shirts for artists we already have designs for. In some cases this is because they were so popular, others because feedback suggested the existing designs were a bit Marmite (for our non-UK readers, that means they were either loved or hated) so we wanted to give you a choice. The new designs are now available for:
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Bon Scott (AC/DC)
Joe Strummer (The Clash)
Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver)
Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers)
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
Finally we listed the next batch of our Catalogue Number T-shirts with New York Dolls’ debut, Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run and The Ramones’ Rocket To Russia.
So, that is the business updates done, so log on next time for less plugging and more general ramblings about. Take care and keep rockin’