Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To


This is almost certainly confirmation bias speaking, but there couldn’t have been a band that wore their own shirts as much as the Dead did. Metallica wears Metallica shirts a lot, but they’re pikers compared to the Dead; at any given show, at least 15% of all Grateful Deads on stage will be wearing Dead shirts. Shit, 3-to-1 that Keith’s wearing a Dead shirt in this photo.

Although, it was useful if you were too high.

“What band is this, man?”

(Looks at Mickey.)

“Oh, riiiiight.”


  1. The manner in which Jerome & Philip are posed reminds me of Galatea (Smooth-skinned, but kinda stiff) & Pygmalion by Jean-Baptiste.

  2. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    February 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I always wondered if those were “authorized” and “licensed” tee shirts, or if those were copyright-infringing t-shirts that had been confiscated in the parking lot.

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