Rewriting rock history with knock-off t-shirts

10 March 2010

mark e smith joy divisionHalf Man Half Biscuit ironically sang about Joy Division oven gloves, as branding the most miserable band in music history is one of the more difficult things to do. That was, I presume, the joke.

However, once, I saw a t-shirt in Urban Outfitters which featured the artwork for the group's 'Unknown Pleasures' LP, complete with Mickey Mouse ears slotted into it.

It was a baffling sight as, and correct me if I'm wrong here, it's hard to imagine Ian Curtis settling down to watch The Little Mermaid or Gummi Bears.

However, we've had it wrong all this time. You see, Ian Curtis wasn't in Joy Division. Nope, a t-shirt found on eBay clearly shows that the Factory band were clearly fronted by Mark E. Smith (click here if the eBay auction vanishes). You thought he was from The Fall didn't you?

Well, you're an idiot like me then.

So with that, let's warm our pipes and sing. All together now - "Love-ah... Love will tear us apart-ah, again-ah...". Whilst you sing, sport this lovely 'Bob Marley' t-shirt - you'll look the fucking business.

TOPICS:   Cool Stuff   TV

5 comments

  • Nobby
    These T-shirts are a good idea. It enables you to spot the "fans" that know fuck all about the band.
  • The B.
    I was a teenage armchair honved fan meself, although I do actually posess a Dukla Prague Away kit (well, the t shirt anyway).
  • Tom P.
    Posted by The Real Bob | March 10th, 2010 at 3:17 pm "I was a teenage armchair honved fan meself, although I do actually posess a Dukla Prague Away kit (well, the t shirt anyway)." Keys stuck on phone?
  • The B.
    No Tom, but God I could murder a cadburys flake.
  • Jones
    saw that t-shirt... huge fail. Nicely done

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