more improbable band t-shirts

The motherlode seems to be at this South American fashion blog.

But a lot of those featured aren’t actually all that improbable, I guess.

Maybe Ashlee Simpson is such a tortured soul that she regularly plays the first three Sabbath albums on rotation?

For all I know David Beckham, Miley Cyrus and Charlotte Church really do all share a deep and profound love for The Maiden?

Metal is funny like that – despite all the moral panics about Satan and head-banging health hazards, I don’t really think it has any kind of criticism of society at its core. I mean you can argue the toss about punk, but surely metal can simply be reduced to the youthful hedonism of rocking out and/or getting wasted, with some stuff about dragons thrown in for good measure?

I’ve written about my thankfully very brief brushes with metal and rawk before, but it’s not really my thing. So I can’t really work up much defensiveness or laughter when its imagery is used by celebs.

So y’know – if Britney wants to be into Led Zeppelin, fair enough!

But there is still part of me that has a weirdly protective attitude about punk. I actually find this troubling and hilarious in equal measures. Disentangling my own bizarre personality traits is the reason for this series about t-shirts I guess. (That, and posting photographs of attractive bare-armed young ladies seems to have a positive effect on my blog views, for some reason…)

Getting back on track, here is Lindsay Lohan wearing some garms from eighties California hardcore punk groups:

And “It Girl” Alexa Chung in a “Am I more skeletal than my t-shirt?” pose.

(with thanks to Sharon)

4 Comments

  1. SHARON ROSE says:

    I don’t know who Alexa Chung is, but I’m pretty sure that’s actually Lux Interior in a skirt.

  2. NICK says:

    To be fair, Ashlee Simpson is married to Pete Wentz of Fallout Boy. Wentz was very involved in the 90s vegan straight edge scene, including the band Racetraitor. So it’s not exactly surprising if a bunch of early Sabbath gets listened too at their place. But whatever.

  3. JOHN says:

    Sharon – yeah Alexa is a TV presenter type

    Nick, actually that IS quite interesting, so thanks!

  4. ALEX says:

    Photos exist of Beckham sporting a Crass Records T-shirt.