A T-Shirt Proves All Important Music Came From Manchester
Well, basically! Anyways: Noah’s Manchester shirt is a paragon of the t-shirt form.
by Chris Black
Jun 27 2018, 6:28pm
Who else but Ben Park could have made this masterpiece.
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Sometimes, when the sky is gray, and I am sitting alone in my apartment, I ponder life’s big questions. Things like: “Is the earth flat?” “Did Bush do 9/11?” “Is Stevie Wonder ACTUALLY blind?” But the most challenging thing I ask myself is: “Does the perfect t-shirt exist?” It is one of life’s great mysteries.
But last night, on popular social media platform Instagram, that question was answered for me.
As an avid reader of this column, you have probably picked up on my undying love for British music, from The Libertines and Oasis to Amy Winehouse and So Solid Crew. But the Madchester era was an especially fertile time: a golden age in the late ’80s and early ’90s that birthed many legendary acts like Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, James, and The Charlatans. These bands combined hella drugs, acid house, and alternative rock to create their own genre that became a worldwide phenomenon. They were influenced by their Manchester-born predecessors like The Smiths, New Order, and The Fall. Basically, all of the best music and style comes from an industrial town in northwest England. Must have been something in the tea (MDMA), mate!
When I saw that Noah was collaborating with prolific Mancunian photographer Kevin Cummins on a limited edition series of t-shirts, I hit the bloody roof! I could take just a five-minute stroll from my Little Italy office to the Noah flagship and pick up a bag of well-designed garments that share with the world my passion for cool music from a bygone era founded in a place far away. The white long sleeve t-shirt with Stone Roses front man Ian Brown on the front and “Manchester” down the sleeve is what really has me excited. It comes out tomorrow, so set your alarms and fire up Google Chrome: the perfect t-shirt does exist!