BBC Radio 6, a bastion of quality music, are currently running a very interesting poll indeed and it's got us thinking about our favourite t-shirts!
Here, at The T-Shirt Company, we're big music lovers. We'll name no names but let's just say that there are those amongst us who keep their finger on the pulse of what is new and progressive, and there are others that would happily listen to Sultans of Swing on repeat until they are lowered into the cold ground. Not that there is anything wrong with Sultans of Swing, but there’s other music out there.
T-shirts and music will be forever synonymous. The pride one feels when wearing their favourite band tshirt is a great feeling. It's like shouting to the world, "I have great taste in music and I don't care who knows it, so f**k you and James Blunt". How many relationships have begun with a glance between two Iron Maiden t-shirt clad lovebirds across a dance floor? Some band tees are so iconic they’re worn by generations who may never have even listened to their music (as shallow and repugnant as that is) such is the historical influence of their musical footprint. Many of these bands and musicians symbolise more than music, they also symbolise a lifestyle choice.
The BBC are conducting a poll asking us to vote for the greatest band t shirt of all time and the majority of the nominations would easily be recognised by even the most ardent of Daniel O'Donnell fans. These iconic images have been worn by celebrities, musicians and everyday Joe's on the street for decades.
So we, The T-Shirt Company, are going to throw our two cents in and countdown our Top Three Greatest Band T-Shirts!
At No. 3, the monumentous Screamadelica by Primal Scream. Still inducing flashbacks for 35-45 year old fathers of two everywhere. The iconic cartoon face is both simplistic and memorable; "Yes, we wanna get loaded, and have a good time, we're gonna have a party!".
At No. 2, the most instantly recognisable lips in the business also became one of the most instantly recognisable music T-shirts of all time: The Rolling Stones 40's Lick.
Finally, our Number 1 not only graces the ‘iconic t-shirt’ top level berth but also achieves the number one album of all time (according to The T-Shirt Company, of course). It's the album cover that intrigued you as a child, the album your father patronisingly, yet correctly, told you you'd understand the importance of one day. It is also the the band t-shirt that you love the most and even though an ex you'd rather cast into the history books gave it to you, you could never betray your Pink Floyd brethren and bring yourself to throw it out. Yes, our number one is ... The Prism, Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon.
Just like with music, there is no right or wrong answer (unless it's anything but Pink Floyd) so click on this link and vote for your favourite. BBC Greatest Band T-Shirt Poll
Voting closes Thursday 26th November
Do it now.