The Steve Lamacq show on BBC 6music has announced its 6th annual T shirt today- partly to reclaim the band t shirt from the silly Ramones T shirt wearers and partly to celebrate the form and give Steve the chance to celebrate some of the wonderful cult bands from the past few decades!
We spoke to Steve and his crew and they told us…
Because T-Shirt Day isn’t just about a celebration of the art of the band T shirt, it’s also about being a music fan and the relationship we have with the groups who we follow. There’s something about owning a shirt from a gig which makes you feel part of that night; and will forever be a reminder of a special moment in time. But more than that, all the band’s logos we’ve sported or the slogans we’ve born on our chests, help tell people about who we are and what we like. They display our allegiances and identities – and the fact that we’re so mad about a band that we’ll travel 100 miles to a gig on a wet Tuesday night in Wolverhampton.
Band T-shirts probably tell people more about you than any Facebook profile.
Which is why, in 2007, when we were confronted by endless tabloid pictures of hapless actors, TV celebs and catwalk models wearing T-shirts for the likes of The Ramones, Kiss and The Rolling Stones – as some sort of pithy fashion statement – that we decided something had to be done.
So we asked listeners to take part in the first ever Wear Your Old Band T Shirt To Work Day and celebrate the great unwashed and unloved T-shirts which had been left in boxes in the loft or festering in the bottom of the wardrobe.The response was extra-ordinary. From lab technicians to Primary School teachers, fans came out of the woodwork wearing some of the coolest shirts we’ve ever seen.
Since then T-Shirt day has grown and grown, but we’d like to make this year’s celebration bigger than ever. You’ll find details at: bbc.co.uk/6music ‘