MORE THAN JUST A BAND T-SHIRT

ICONIC VINTAGE BAND TEES FROM GENRE DEFINING SUBCULTURES

Vintage Band T-shirts

"At Goodhood we view the exploration of clothing design as part of an anthropology piece. Like all facets of life you can catch the future direction by understanding the past and these coded lessons are there to be handed down and learned from. By caring and studying the past we believe it enables us to offer an authentic experience, something that is increasingly hard to come by these days. In an age where celebrities wear your favourite band tee but don’t know the band, it seems more important to get these stories out so more people can learn the rich cultural legacy of our peers. They inspired culture and rebellion in a time where the memento was a signifier of your very existence. As a follow on from our first study of the influential T-shirts of streetwear we were delighted to be approached by Teejerker to cultivate this meticulous collection of band tees that we hope illustrates the simple point there is NO such thing as just a T-shirt."

 - Kyle Stewart, Goodhood Co-Founder

"The vintage band T-shirt holds a special place in cultural history. When art and music combine within a sub-culture you get a really cool shirt, but add to this years of love and wear, and you get something truly unique. This collection has been inspired by the level of curation evident in the best record stores, and aims to display a snapshot of tees from genre defining bands. From UK Shoegaze, US Punk and Alternative Rock, and the divergence of Metal from it’s British roots, each shirt tells it’s own story, with an aesthetic that lets us glimpse into years gone by. From paint splatters and bloodstains to pristine condition, it’s clear the band T-shirt serves many different functions over time. Some treasure them and some trash them, the latter being the reason for today’s scarcity of original copies. We’re in a time where the band T-shirt is being mass produced for the high street. Above all else, this highlights the significance of the originals." 

- Matt Sloane, Teejerker Owner & Curator

Special Projects

GOODHOOD X TEEJERKER X IMAGE CLUB LTD

We re-team with expert vintage curator TeeJerker and legendary Circle Jerks and ex-Black Flag frontman Keith Morris for an exhibition of genre defining vintage band T-Shirts, many of which coming directly from Keith's vast archive.

We also have a selection of goods from Keith's latest project, Image Club Limited as well as a collaborative Goodhood special t-shirt, featuring iconic Circle Jerks artwork by Raymond Pettibon, direct from Keiths archive.

The vintage tee Catalogue

PINK FLOYD - THE DIVISION BELL - 1994 T-Shirt

THE DIVISION BELL - 1994

PINK FLOYD

This super faded shirt from ‘The Division Bell’ tour uses the albums artwork of the same name. Acclaimed rock artist Storm Thorgerson designed two Easter Island inspired heads who represent the ghost of Pink Floyds past, Syd and Roger. The concept album focused on the importance of communication to solve human problems, but ironically was the bands last studio full length before their 20 year split.

BLUR - PARKLIFE NORTH AMERICA TOUR - 1994 t-shirt

PARKLIFE NORTH AMERICA TOUR - 1994

BLUR

A true example of a unique vintage band T-shirt, this Blur ‘Parklife’ shirt shows 23 years of love and wear. Originally bought at the Detroit show in ’94, the shirt features the North American tour dates on the back and the faded album cover on the front. Broader than its commercial success, Parklike had real cultural significance in defining Britpop, which in turn was the backbone of the ‘Cool Britannia’ movement.

THE CURE - BOYS DON’T CRY - 1986

BOYS DON’T CRY - 1986

THE CURE

From one of the most iconic english bands, this ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ shirt is in amazing shape for a 31 year old piece. The song was initially released in 1979 but was re-released under the title ‘New voice · New Mix’ and put out in 1986. despite coinciding with the bands compilation album ‘Standing on a beach’ released the same year, the original version of the song was included and not the re-release.

BEASTIE BOYS - ILL COMMUNICATION - 1994 - T-Shirt

ILL COMMUNICATION - 1994

BEASTIE BOYS

Original 1994 thin and soft Beastie Boys ‘Ill Communication’ ringer shirt with one of the best backprints out there. Drawing from Hip Hop, Punk, Rock, Funk and Jazz, Ill Communication is one of the bands most varied releases, and became Beastie Boys’ second number 1 in the US billboard chart. The album featured the first single ‘Sabotage’ which saw Spike Jonze direct an iconic video parodying 70s Cop Shows.

DEAD KENNEDYS - TOO DRUNK TO FUCK - 80S T-shirt

TOO DRUNK TO FUCK - 80S

DEAD KENNEDYS

Released in May 1981 ‘Too Drunk to Fuck’ is the fourth single from Dead Kennedys, one of the first US Hardcore Punk bands to impact the UK. The single infamously became the first to reach the UK Top 40 that included the word ‘Fuck’ in the title. This late 80s original punk shirt featuring artwork from one of the bands most iconic releases is gently worn and in fantastic condition for its age.

BLACK FLAG - NERVOUS BREAKDOWN - LATE 80S T-Shirt

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN - LATE 80S

BLACK FLAG

Nervous Breakdown was the first EP from Black Flag, and the birth of the iconic Punk label SST Records in 1979. This 5:13 minute release includes original front man Keith Morris, who left the band shortly after due to creative differences as well as ‘freaking out on cocaine and speed’. This perfectly worn and distressed late 80s punk shirt features artwork from Raymond Pettibon, who famously designed the Black Flag logo as well as other notable works such as Sonic Youth’s ‘Goo’.

DESCENDENTS - I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP - 1985 T-shirt

I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP - 1985

DESCENDENTS

This original SST Records Descendents shirt features the artwork from the bands classic second album ‘I Don’t Want to Grow Up’, often condsidered one of the earliest Pop-Punk releases. Milo the character was invented by a classmate who taunted Aukerman (Milo, Vocals) for being a nerd, the band embraced the illustration and it has since become one of the simplest but most iconic images in Punk Rock.

PEARL JAM - ‘TEN’ UK TOUR - 1992 t-shirt

‘TEN’ UK TOUR - 1992

PEARL JAM

This faded and worn long sleeve was picked up at the Newcastle Riverside show in ’92. Pearl Jam were playing outside the US for the first time and touring their debut album ‘Ten’. The turbulent years before the album contributed to its dark content of loneliness, depression, and suicide. After an initially slow start the album took off and put Pearl Jam firmly in the centre of the Seattle Grunge explosion, alongside Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - INFINITE SADNESS - 1995 T-shirt

INFINITE SADNESS - 1995

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

This iconic Infinite Sadness shirt comes from the US stretch of the tour in late ’96. This huge two year tour marked the height of the bands success and as a result Corgan’s shaved head and a black ‘Zero’ shirt became an iconic look. That year, the band also appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, ‘Homerpalooza’ but were struck by tragedy when a girl was crushed to death at their concert in Dublin, as well as their keyboardist, Jonathan Melvoin overdosing on heroin just two months later.

PIXIES - HERE COMES YOUR MAN - 1989 T-shirt

HERE COMES YOUR MAN

PIXIES

Straight from the record label and almost deadstock, this 1989 Pixies shirt features the artwork from the single ‘here comes your man’, released in the UK on 4Ad. The song was written by vocalist and lead guitarist Black Francis at age 15 and was featured on the bands 1987 demo tape, however it wasn’t until Pixies third full length ‘doolittle’ the song made it onto an album as the band considered it ‘too pop’.

DINOSAUR JR. - LITTLE FURY THINGS - 1993 t-shirt

LITTLE FURY THINGS - 1993

DINOSAUR JR.

‘Little Fury Things’ was released in 1987 by Dinosaur Jr. on SST Records. The 10” EP features artwork from Mike Mascis, Jays brother, who would go on to produce cover art for several other Dinosaur Jr. releases. This shirt samples the EPs artwork along with the iconic font which despite the addition of ‘Jr’ in 1987 due to legal issues, hasn’t changed since ’85.

BLACK SABBATH - DEHUMANIZER - 1992 T-shirt

DEHUMANIZER - 1992

BLACK SABBATH

Picked up at the New York show in 1992, this Sabbath shirt comes from the bands 16th studio album, which notably saw the return of Ronny James Dio, who had been absent since ‘Mob Rules’ 11 years before. Sabbath are notorious for having some of the best t-shirts in Metal, and this dehumanizer is no exception - dark but vibrant artwork from Wil Rees and printed on a now vintage Brockum shirt.

EMPEROR - ANTHEMS TO THE WELKIN AT DUSK - 1997 T-shirt

ANTHEMS TO THE WELKIN AT DUSK - 1997

EMPEROR

1997 Emperor long sleeve for the second full length release ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’.This original gold sleeve version comes from a band who were instrumental in the Norwegian Black Metal movement in the early 90s - a phenomenon which culminated in several large scale church burnings as well as the murder of Euronymous the Mayhem guitarist.

OBITUARY - PILE OF SKULLS - 1991 T-shirt

PILE OF SKULLS - 1991

OBITUARY

Formed in ’84 and previously called Executioner, Obituary are widely regarded as one of Death Metals pioneering bands. After hearing bands like Possessed, Obituary wanted to make music ‘as sick as these guys’. From the London show on 8/5/91, this super faded ‘Pile of Skulls’ shirt is one of Obituary’s best designs. It features artwork from the ‘Cause of Death’, the bands second album and a true Death Metal classic.

DARKTHRONE - A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY - 1999 T-shirt

A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY - 1999

DARKTHRONE

Produced by the UK Heavy Metal label Peaceville, this 1999 Darkthrone shirt features the artwork from their first Black Metal release ‘A Blaze in the Northern Sky’. Zephyrous, the bands guitarist is pictured wearing the infamous Black Metal face paint in a graveyard, and perhaps the most recognisable logo in the genre features on both front and back.

Frightwig Vintage t-shirt

Nirvana's MTV Unplugged

Frightwig

Frightwig was an all girl American Punk feminist band around in the 80s. They often invited men onto the stage to strip as ‘a sexist turnaround’. He wore the shirt during the famous Nirvana MTV Unplugged show.

AN INTERVIEW WITH TEEJERKER

How did you get into buying and selling band tees? 

 

I actually used to bulk buy vintage Levi’s, military etc. to resell when I was eighteen, and I’d always grabbed a tee at shows I went to, but never put two and two together until last year. I’d been scouring eBay on an off for ages looking for an old Dinosaur Jr. shirt for myself when I came across some sellers linking their websites and Instagram accounts. I liked what they were doing but didn’t think anyone was quite getting the curation bang on, or at least how I’d want to see it, so I started sourcing stock and went from there.

 

 

How do you know a tee is legit and not a reproduction?

 

This can be a challenge and is definitely a learning curve to start with. Tags are probably the main indicator, over the years the T-shirt companies have had various branding which acts as a timeline for dating the shirt itself – there’s some helpful guides to this online (www.Defunkd.com). Another thing to look out for is the stitching on the sleeves and hem, for American tees they were single stitched up until the mid 90s, so if that’s how a tee is stitched then it’s mostly likely of that era. A lot of shirts do have Copyright dates, they’re accurate a fair amount of the time but not always. Especially for the bigger bands companies reprint the whole graphic including the original copyright date, so you’ll see a perfect looking double stitched Iron Maiden tee with ©1983 on. There are exceptions to the above, but I’ve probably handled close to 1,000 shirts since Teejerker launched now, so I hope I’ve developed a good eye for legitimacy.

 

 

Do you have a holy grail that you’re still looking for?

 

I’ve wanted a 1991 Slowdive ‘Just for a Day’ long sleeve for ages, but have recently found one which should be arriving any day now. Other than that there’s an Integrity ‘Systems Overload’ long sleeve from ’95 by Victory Records I’d love to get hold of. To be honest I’m quite OCD with how shirts fit, so rather than hunting for the rarest stuff I tend to focus on having a few of my favourite bands’ shirts which fit perfectly.

 

 

What's the biggest bargain you’ve found? 

 

About five years ago I found a 1992 Megadeth shirt in a charity shop for 50p, naively I sold it on eBay for about twenty quid; it’d be worth close to a hundred now. I haven’t had too many ridiculous bargains recently actually, I think people are more aware now that any old band tee may have a value, in fact you see people asking loads for very average tees more often that not. I did find and old Black Flag amongst a rack of new shirts in a record store in Berlin back in March, that was pretty exciting.

Are there any bands or artists you don’t buy into for any reason? 

 

I’ve never bothered with Rap tees, it’s a bit of a different market to ours currently and just isn’t where my main musical knowledge lies to be honest. In terms of excluding bands on moral grounds I’d be hesitant. There’s pretty graphic / gory content from Death Metal bands, and some extreme political ideologies exist in Black Metal, but you don’t have to agree with this stuff to think the music is awesome and like a bands tee. I can think of two shirts I probably wouldn’t want to sell though, Pungent Stench ‘Been Caught Buttering’ and Burzum ‘Support Your Local’.

 

 

How do you feel about big companies producing huge runs of band tees? 

 

I don’t hate it; I don’t feel too much about it really, it’s just disposable fashion. Anyone who wants to grab a mass-produced Nirvana shirt from Primark for eight quid probably wont want to spend twenty times more on an original, likewise almost none of our customers would pick up a modern reprint, at least not from the high street. If anything I’d say it highlights just how special the original shirts are, and the important thing is the appreciation for these will remain long after the current trend has passed.

 

 

Do you have any famous clients? 

 

I’ve sold pieces to designers like Ashley Williams and Jakob Hetzer. I like their work a lot so it’s cool to get them an awesome old band tee to go with all the other good stuff they wear. More recently I’ve been in touch with a dude in one of the iconic Pop Punk bands I grew up with, as well as a stylist for a global Rap star – probably shouldn’t be any more explicit than that though!

 

 

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? 

 

Last year I went to New York with my girlfriend to catch Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, an awesome punk band I’d been really into since first hearing them. They played a great venue in Brooklyn called Palisades that has unfortunately now permanently closed. The excitement of seeing the band along with being in NY for the first time definitely made it my favourite show. An entirely different experience but equally special was Swans this year at the Roundhouse. They played with Thurston Moore and I think it was their last ever show with the current line up, it was so loud and hypnotic, definitely a profound experience.

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