Sunday, September 23, 2007
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
I saw a kid in a Nirvana hoodie today. He can't have been older than 12 or so. So he almost certainly wasn't born before Kurt died. Which feels a bit odd. But then I remember I have a Sex Pistols T Shirt in my collection. I remember an old punk being delighted to see my early 20's self in it. "Keeping the spirit alive", he said. I suppose I was. Well, Nevermind The Bollocks is still an astounding record. I haven't gobbed on anyone recently though...
So I don't begrudge the following generation it's chance to take up yesterday's icons for themeselves. It's just a curious thing going into HMV Oxford Street these days. Expensive T Shirts and various alt rock accessories everywhere, but all branded with appropriate bands from the past (Guns n Roses, The Clash, and of course The Ramones) and present (Green Day, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance). But it all just seems a bit corporate and clean, fake vintage.
Why does it bother me? I dunno. It feels a bit like the alternative uniform has become just another mainstream option. The indie snob inside me is restless. What next, tattoos and piercings in Boots, Tongue Studs While-U-Wait? It's not that I don't want the kids to discover it. It's just that if it's served up like a happy meal, it's not really alternative any more, is it? I guess the smart kids will figure it out and find their own style themselves. Thank God for Camden, eh?
Stuff like this bothers me more than it should. Oh well, whatever, nevermind...
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