Every Sunday a new artist is featured on our blog and social media in their Worn Free Tee, sharing short personal stories and new artwork they have created.
Sanne is in her final year of studying illustration at Minerva Art Academy. She wants to trigger people to think about sexuality, gender, identity and stereotypes. One of her projects is about a female pope called Joan. In this graphic novel she collects a bunch of quotes of female thinkers and artists, who were all actively engaged in women's emancipation movements.
Identity is something Sanne was struggling with, being gay and growing up in a small religious town in the Netherlands. Being a true rebel, she uses art as a way to communicate about various social issues. Choosing unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable perspectives, she wants to shake things up. She feels that discomfort is a motivation for people to start (re)thinking.
Sanne picked our Pink Floyd Animals t-shirt because she grew up listening to them with her dad, along with other bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Rolling Stones. When she turned 16, she wanted to rebel musically and listened to a lot of different genres. Her search lead her back to her rock roots. She realized that she has a lot more in common with bands like Pink Floyd and the way they question society. Likewise, it’s her personal challenge to provoke people to challenge the norm.
We’ve just put this popular t-shirt back up on the site in honour of a British icon who recently passed. “Didn’t They Do Well” was the catchphrase of British TV Legend Sir Bruce Forsyth. A staple host of Saturday night telly for more than 40 years, back in 1973 Bruce was host of popular family game show, ‘The Generation Game’ regularly pulling in around 21 million viewers – that’s almost 40% of the UK population in at that time.
Early in 1973 Dave Gilmour was snapped wearing this red ‘Didn’t They Do Well’ t-shirt in a series of poses whilst strumming a guitar and twiddling the knobs at his home recording studio in London. Next time he went to put it on it was gone - and a couple of months later Roger Waters was snapped wearing the tee on stage in Atlanta, as you can see in this YouTube vid:
It’s not clear if Dave and Roger were among Bruce’s 21 million fans – or whether they had appropriated the phrase to describe the Floyd’s own success. They had just released Dark Side of the Moon to much critical acclaim and were busy touring the album to packed venues across the US. On March 24th they took to the stage at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta to a very receptive audience before returning to the UK for a couple of dates in London. Just one month later Dark Side of the Moon reached number 1 on the US Billboard charts - and when the band returned to the US to play more tour dates that summer they discovered that their popularity had soared. They stopped playing in theatres and auditoriums and started playing stadiums and arenas instead, along with their legendary array of inflatable stage props and visuals. Dark Side of the Moon went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Didn’t they do well?
This week we’re continuing with our look at the story behind some of our best-loved Pink Floyd Tees as we pay tribute to the band’s seminal Dark Side of the Moon album, 44 years after it’s original release in March 1973.
Last week we looked at Dave Gilmour’s Cosmos t-shirt and the events surrounding the concert at Milwaukee Stadium when Dave wore the shirt during their Animals Tour of 1977. It was a warm, balmy night and the most memorable thing that happened that evening was when the band’s trademark giant inflatable pig exploded around an hour into the set, showering the audience in debris as the band played on. This week we’re travelling a little further back in time with our Pink Floyd Spectrum t-shirt, to the Dark Side of the Moon tour - and what turned out to be a very eventful night at Milwaukee Stadium on June 22nd 1975, as Nigel Taylor who worked on the staging and set design, explains:
"When we played in Milwaukee County Stadium, it poured with rain and the band had to do most of the second set with a tarpaulin just above their heads, which was supported by a few of us standing around them on the stage with eight-foot scaffold poles. It was hilarious but very dangerous, with two inches of water at our feet. But 'Echoes' was fantastic, because the crowd were all soaked, but suddenly they could see the band properly, and because the stage was so wet, the dry ice looked better than ever. It was just a marvellous finale!"
According to one eyewitness account, this wasn’t the only magical thing about that night. It was cloudy and raining on and off all evening, which added to the camaraderie of the crowd as they toughed it out with waterproofs and umbrellas. It was so cloudy you couldn’t see the sunset or the moon coming out, but just as "Brain Damage" was playing and the band sang "I'll see you on the dark side of the moon", the clouds parted and the moon appeared right over the stage in front of the astonished crowd who cheered appreciatively!
It was one of those incredible moments that cannot be designed or replicated - where you just ‘had to be there - and if you couldn’t be there why not recreate the evening in the comfort of your own home, without the rain. You can find the whole setlist, which includes DSOTM in it’s entirety, on setlist fm. The design of our Pink Floyd Spectrum tee comes straight from the iconic gatefold album cover of Dark Side of the Moon, featuring a beam of light passing through a prism to transform into a spectrum of rainbow colours, making it the perfect accompaniment to any nostalgia session. So put it on, dim the lights and take a moment to lay back and immerse yourself in this timeless, classic album.
It is exactly 44 years since Pink Floyd released their Dark Side of the Moon album in the US, on 10th March, 1973 and to honour this momentous occasion we’ve decided to make this month Pink Floyd Month here on the Worn Free blog. We’re going to be taking a closer look at some poignant moments in the band’s history and telling the stories behind some of the Pink Floyd t-shirts in our range, starting with this Pink Floyd David Gilmour Cosmos Tee.
Why is Dark Side of the Moon considered such an important album?
An immediate commercial and critical success, DSOTM was the band’s eighth studio album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Following it’s release, the album remained on the Billboard chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, with an estimated 45 million copies sold, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
In the Flesh - Milwaukee County Stadium
Fast forward three years. It is June 15th 1977 and Dave Gilmour is performing hits from the Floyd’s latest album release, ‘Animals’ as part of the second leg of the band’s ‘Pink Floyd - In the Flesh’ tour at Milwaukee County Stadium in Wisconsin. On this balmy summers evening he decided to don this rather fetching Cosmos t-shirt. But who are the Cosmos and why was Dave wearing the tee?
Meet the Cosmos
The New York Cosmos (known simply as the Cosmos in 77-78) were a professional team in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The Cosmos were undoubtedly the strongest team in the league with some incredibly famous international stars giving them the competitive edge - including Brazilian forward Pelé and Italian striker Giorgio Chinaglia. Pelé and the other international signings really drew the crowds and gave the Cosmos their reputation as the most glamorous team in world football at that time. Their success contributed to the development of soccer across the US. Unfortunately when Pele decided to retire the team went downhill – and so did the league - which folded in 1985. Happily though, the New York Cosmos have recently reformed and since 2013 have been playing in the newly founded second-tier NASL.
A Fickle Fellow
So, why was Dave wearing this shirt and not one supporting an English team? Well, apart from the decidedly funky design, Dave explains that he has fickle tastes when it comes to ‘the beautiful game’ and just follows whoever is up in the league, as Cosmos clearly were at the time:
“I did have season tickets at the [English team] Arsenal for quite a few years. That was around the time they won the double. I'm sort of a really fickle football fan. I watch any team that's doing well and become unfaithful when they're not. But I do have a soft spot for Arsenal.”
So it transpires that the Cosmos shirt was an ideal - and topical – choice of attire for that sultry summers eve. Dave was looking and feeling cool. According to onlookers he even remained unruffled when one of the band’s trademark giant inflatable pigs exploded and caused a small fire onstage.
You can hear the pig explode (and the crowd screaming!) on this fuzzy YouTube bootleg sound recording of the concert at 50:30. Then, like Spinal Tap, the band keep on playing!. A few weeks later on the closing night of the tour in July, things weren’t so calm. The crowd refused to let the band leave the stage and became so rowdy that it prompted Roger Waters to examine the bands changing relationship with their audience. These initial musings inspired the ‘Wall’ project, which subsequently became the band’s next album.
Happy Birthday to Pink Floyds Finest Syd Barrett. We though we would share this story with you on Syd's Birthday.
Tim tagged us in the recent tweet of him wearing his Worn Free Syd Barrett Octopus Tee. Syd was the visionary driving force behind Pink Floyd until things got a bit too much for him to perform with the band but he continued to inspire them even when he was doing his own thing.
Being huge fans of The Charlatans we were thrilled to see Tim wearing one of our shirts especially this one that was redesigned from an old button badge that Syd drew himself.
The Worn Free team had the pleasure of hanging out with Tim back stage at the V festival many moons ago. We had been graced with 100's of beer vouchers from one of our friends at Budweiser and shared them out with Tim. We then had the best time with Tim using the beer dollars to buy everyone's drinks who were standing around the bar.