Have you ever had that deja vu moment? On the High Road this morning I saw a lad in a Clash City Rockers tee shirt. He would've been early 20s at the most and he was wearing a tee shirt (black, of course) with a legend from 1978, years before he was born.
When I was his age that would've been shameful. It was against the unspoken law to like anything your parents might like and that was part of the unspoken rule about music - like stuff that your parents will hate. So why would you wear a tee shirt with a legend from your parents generation?
I've seen various other tee shirts over the last few weeks on youngsters who may or may not have realised their meaning, like The Who's Spitfire logo and Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' album cover. Is this because they are truly iconic symbols of rebellion or that the youth of today think they still look good from a design perspective? Or don't they have any symbols of rebellion of their own?
To quote Marc Bolan, 'Whatever happened to the teenage dream?'
Update 28 July: Today I saw a lad in a 'Mott The Hoople' tee shirt...