It’s been bothering me for the past couple episodes and last night, it finally hit me. The new Jason DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars looks like a frattier, beefed-up version of Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of the Strokes. The two did like to party back in the day…
Eleanore Everdell of The Hundred in the Hands mixes fashion and function
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved bands fronted by female lead singers that rock out talent and style wise—Blondie, Heart..or all girls like The Go Gos and The Bangles. These days its Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Sounds and Metric, to name a few. Last night, I went to see The Hundred in the Hands (by the way, totally loving the Studio at Webster Hall, despite the frigid indoor temps) and my friend Ben and I were totally admiring lead singer Eleanore Everdell’s stage ensemble. Although for different reasons, I’m sure.
I love fashion, I love music and I can also be very lazy, so I love me some concert tees. I live in those babies and I’m pretty sure that I’m wearing one in almost every other Facebook photo of me (see left). My favorites that I wear at least once a week are the feathery soft and durable VHS or Beta, super comfy Band of Horses and a not-long-for-this-world Silversun Pickups. Rest in peace disintegrated Presets and wine-stained Bat for Lashes (which, by the way, Quinn Fabray complimented me on when I went to a Glee cast signing last year, yeeeee!).
So imagine the fun I had when I decided to work on a “pop-culture analysis” of the vintage band t-shirts from Scout Vintage T-Shirts in Nolita. Here, we’re talking ridiculously overpriced t-shirts from classic bands, like Motley Crüe, Van Hagar, The Cars…it was a riot. I managed to cobble together this pretty awesome line graph for Racked NY showing that the Crüe totally kicked Elvis Presley’s butt with a $188 t-shirt vs. the King’s paltry $98. Even White Lion and Slaughter commanded $148 and $128 respectively (although I think Slaughter should have been worth more since they had at least two songs we remember – “Fly to the Angels” and “Up All Night” – versus White Lion’s only one and not as good song, “When the Children Cry”, and YES, I admit to knowing that.) And of course, those prices are off the charts ridiculous, which got me thinking. I went to quite a few questionable hair band concerts back in the day, so what profit opportunities have I missed by neglecting to purchase a t-shirt? My hair metal concert confessions, after the jump.
I wish that spin classes could be categorized by genre of music. I mean, from what I can tell, all spin classes are pretty much the same anyway – “There’s a hill coming up!” “Jumps!” “Switchbacks!” (what does that mean and as if we really do that while riding real bikes.) So I think that this would save a lot of people a lot of time and more importantly, save myself from sweating through another 45 torturous minutes of fratty rock music or the Black Eyed Peas. Instead, I could select from classes like Glee Faves or New Wave Classics or Indie Rock That Sounds Like New Wave Classics or, how about The Best of 90’s Euro-techno Club Hits or (yes!) Holy Hair Metal. I realize that we all have different tastes in music, but then this way, everyone would be happy. Spinning can be agonizing enough as it is, no need to make my ears bleed, too. Just sayin’.