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For over 2 decades I have been moving band t-shirts from apartment to apartment, and now to the basement of my house. I’ve said for years that I want to make a punk rock quilt out of them. What’s more punk than a quilt? I don’t know how to quilt, so until I learn I will be posting pix of these vintage gems and remembering when. I will call this series T-Shirt Tuesday.
I graduated from college in 1996 and for much of that year the cassette from Lp recording of Gameface's 'Three to Get Ready' was in heavy rotation in my VW Super Beetle. When it was time for me to begin down the road of a career, I was hearing “All packed up with no where to go, a thousand miles with only one show and just enough gas to get us nowhere” everyday, over and over.
Listening to that record, all I wanted to do was get in a van with my best friends, travel and play music. That summer, that's what we did. There is something very powerful about that experience of traveling and performing together. It’s funny, just this week I was listening to an interview with Ian MacKaye on NPR and when he is asked If he misses performing he says "sure", then he goes on to explain what he really misses are the 6 hour drives with the guys, because those moments are so hard to come by in life.
This shirt is from the Gameface Summer Tour 97 when I saw them at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. They were a long way from home that night, but I bet there was no place they would have rather been.
Here’s Gameface’s June:
And here’s a link to that interview with Ian MacKaye: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/01/142998596/steady-diet-of-everything-the-fugazi-live-vault