Ed on the Ridge
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- May 14, 2011
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- On the Ridge, TN
I had to look up The Wicker Man, too. There's a green Challenger in the video. My daughter and I saw Maiden in 2017. I have to admit that I was disappointed that I only knew a small handful of the songs they played. They didn't play much from when I first saw them in 1982.I’ve seen over 45 big concerts, mostly back in the day. I still listen to metal, loud, on a big, quality stereo.
I raised our daughter right.
When she was perhaps ten or twelve I asked her what her favourite Iron Maiden song was. She responded “Wicker Man”. ****, I was the expert and didn’t even know the song. I had to look it up. She currently wears a bootleg Ramones shirt that we got her in Mexico, as well as an original David Bowie shirt from when I saw him in the eighties. Her mom, me, and her saw ‘Maiden the year before covid, then Metallica. In between she went to ‘Priest in another province with her boyfriend. When she studies she listens to Rammstein on headphones.
Priest is playing Edmonton next August and we may go if our work schedules coincide.
Not all young kids listen to **** music, at least not if I can help it.
Scorps are still awesome, as is Accept and Udo, their former singer. Hard to believe he’s a grandfather.It's funny, but when I was 18, I thought my 28 year old boss was crazy for not going to concerts anymore. I said I'd never stop going. We were going to concerts all the time back then. LOL, how times change as you get older. Once in awhile I'll go to one, though. A little over 2 months ago I flew to Denver and saw the Scorpions (again) with my daughter and her boyfriend. I still know all of their songs, and they still put on a great show even with 2 of them in their 70s, now.
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They wear Che Guevera t shirts, and have no idea the murderer, and terrorist he was.
Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden T-shirts are in fashion among younger generations, even if they’ve never heard the music
Like many 17-year-old high-school students today, Sarah Jenkins doesn’t listen to the Rolling Stones. Her closet tells a different story.
In seventh grade, Ms. Jenkins decided to buy the shirt that everyone was wearing, she said—a crop top with the Rolling Stones’ signature logo of red lips with a tongue sticking out. The next morning, she came downstairs sporting her new T-shirt. For Ms. Jenkins, in Highlands Ranch, Colo., the shirt was just a hot new style trend. For her father, 50-year-old Scott Jenkins, it was a flashback to junior high.
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“Hey, that was my music back when I was your age,” Mr. Jenkins told his daughter. “Do you even know that music?” In jest, he asked her to name a couple of Rolling Stones songs.
“Obviously, I couldn’t tell him any as I’ve never listened to the band before,” said Ms. Jenkins. She still wears it regularly, along with a more recently acquired Metallica T-shirt, which is “even more of my generation,” said her father. Ms. Jenkins can’t name a song from Metallica, either.
What is now a running joke in the Jenkins family has become a broader trend in the cyclical world of fashion, with boys and girls of younger generations wearing old rock band T-shirts despite having never listened to the music.
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Scott Jenkins and his daughter, Sarah Jenkins.
Jacob Gillick, a 28-year-old teacher in St. Louis, Mo., who described himself as a “teenage metal-head growing up,” said that during the last school year, he would see five to six middle-school students a day wearing a T-shirt of a rock band he recognized from his own adolescence.
“It’s a huge letdown when you realize they don’t actually listen to it,” he said.
Major fashion retailers like PacSun and Urban Outfitters offer products like Nirvana tees and The Who pullovers. In a survey last year by online retail company RushOrderTees, the top nine music T-shirts owned by respondents were all artists from the 1990s or earlier, with AC/DC taking the top spot. (Ariana Grande came in at No. 10.)
Some attribute the surging demand to social media, which can expedite aesthetic trends without bringing the music fandom along.
Rockabilia, an online seller of rock music merchandise, had a supply of 300 T-shirts for Static-X, a heavy metal band that formed in the ’90s, sitting around for years. Suddenly, all the shirts sold out in less than 24 hours. Messages filled Rockabilia’s email inbox and phone lines, seemingly from young teenagers, asking when it would restock the Static-X shirts.
“We were kind of curious so we asked, ‘Are you a fan of the band?’ And they had no idea what it even was,” said Frankie Blydenburgh, a co-owner of Rockabilia. He and his team later discovered that a TikTok in which someone who happened to be wearing a Static-X shirt had gone viral.
View attachment 1343238Static-X bassist Tony Campos performing in 2006.PHOTO: ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES
Tony Campos, the bassist for Static-X, doesn’t mind if people wear the band’s shirts without listening to the music. “I used to be more of a purist,” said Mr. Campos. “But to me, that’s just closed-mindedness.…A big part of bands’ income these days is merchandise sales. So the more you can get out there, the more you’re going to be able to make a living.”
Brian Ebejer, who goes by the stage name Edsel Dope and is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Dope, formed in 1997, echoed the sentiment. “Honestly, I’d rather a kid buy my merchandise than listen to my music, because I make more money from a shirt than him listening to my music for free on Spotify,” he said.
Some rock-band-shirt-wearing teenagers are actually fans of the music. Ben England, 18, and Luka Owen, 19, became best friends over a mutual love of rock music. They are also friends with Ms. Jenkins, and they noticed all the merchandise worn by their fellow students.
“Whether it is Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, or Sublime, it seems like you can’t go a day at school without seeing one of these shirts,” they wrote for their student newspaper last March.
With band shirts now a purely aesthetic choice, they have found themselves misidentified as nonfans. Mr. Owen recalled wearing one of his Led Zeppelin shirts while out shopping. At the counter, the cashier asked if he could name five Led Zeppelin songs.
He certainly could. “I own every album that they’ve ever produced,” Mr. Owen said. The cashier gave him his items for free after finding out he was actually a fan.
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A Ramones shirt from Urban Outfitters.PHOTO: CHRISTIAN VIERIG/GETTY IMAGES
Merchandise for Cannibal Corpse, a death metal band from the ’90s, found new popularity after Kourtney Kardashian Barker was pictured last year wearing the band’s shirt, borrowed from her husband, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
After her fashion choice received backlash from Cannibal Corpse fans, Mr. Barker publicly jumped to her defense. Even though she isn’t a hard-core fan, he said, why not allow her to celebrate the music? The couple didn’t respond to a request for comment.
“Since then, it’s become a fashion statement. Now Cannibal Corpse merch is more popular than ever before,” said Rockabilia’s Mr. Blydenburgh.
I had to look up The Wicker Man, too. There's a green Challenger in the video. My daughter and I saw Maiden in 2017. I have to admit that I was disappointed that I only knew a small handful of the songs they played. They didn't play much from when I first saw them in 1982.
I walked into my 14 year old daughters room the other week( I don’t knock, rules of the house) and to my joy, I heard Pink Floyd playing from her speakers. I looked at her in amazement with the biggest grin and asked “ do you know who this is?”
She responded with “ duh, Dad- it’s Pink Floyd- they’re awesome!”
We sat under her LED lights and listened to Dark Side of the Moon together. She’s a good kid.