photo: Cameron Clarke

Primark Issue A ‘fact Sheet’ To Accompany Their Range Of Rock ‘n’ Roll T-Shirts…Primark issue a ‘Fact Sheet’ to accompany their range of rock n’roll T-Shirts… (photo right by Cameron Clarke)

Regular readers will know that we have been covering the attempts of cheapo fashion retail giant Primark as it attracts a younger, more edgy customer by offering up a range of T-Shirts, cushions etc each adorned with the logo of a respected rock n’roll outfit – hence The Ramones T-Shirts, The Ramones cushion and the PIL logo T-Shirt.

We did question whether the majority of the buyers had a clue as to significance of a particular logo; it seems bosses at Primark have had the same thoughts…to assist their customers they have kindly prepared a ‘Bluffers Guide’ to a selection of bands which you can view on the Primark ‘What’s New’ page…

Packed full of information such as in the case of The Ramones:

The Ramones
Date formed: 1974
Lead singer: Joey Ramone
Key look: Leather jackets and lots (and lots) of hair!
Fun fact: This lot are often noted as the first punk rock group. Ever.

Now, whilst you are all digesting such weighty information prepare yourselves for the lowdown on The Beatles…

The Beatles
Date formed: 1960
Lead singer: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Key look: THE 60’s suit.
Fun fact: They’re the best selling band of all time in the US. How cool is that!

How cool indeed!!!

We are very excited to read the ‘Fun Facts’ they are going to come up with regarding the next bands whose logo’s might (or might not) be appearing in a Primark near you soon; apparently Cradle of Filth, Whitehouse, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks and Anal Cunt are all being considered…

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. I’ve long suspected that kids sporting ramones tees couldn’t tell a joey from a johnny never mind your Dee Dee or your tommy. At the very least they now have a fun fact to accompany their shirt.

  2. …Wow. What is the world coming to. Incredible. Like anyone who doesn’t already know who those artists are by now will ever take interest in them or at least go look them up! and perhaps that’s exactly why those fact sheets exist; to give the buyer basic information to back up their knowledge when in question! nothing more. pathetic really ..

  3. Shameless! But have to stake issue with assertion Primark are using the Ramones to appeal to younger people. Primark have the young people pretty much sewn up and if you’re old enough to remember the Ramones or the Beatles you’re clearly not a young person. This is yesterday’s youth culture sanitised for the youth of today.

  4. However these t-shirts are officially licensed,
    therefor permission granted by the band / management, and royalties paid.
    Unlike the majority of bootlegs of your edgy / indie shops or online etc.
    Admittedly the ‘fact sheet’ is amusing but ultimately it is the band’s choice to grant the license and collect the cash.
    So if a PIL or Cradle of Filth range should appear……..

  5. “It’s just: a fake, make no mistake,
    A rip off for you but a rolls for them”
    That’s what Jimmy Pursey already told us back in ’78. Some things never change, unfortunately…


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