I don’t know…
I’m not gonna lie, every time I see this kind of sensless, idiotic, super obvious, vast lack of ideas and talent, it upsets me on some rather weird, deep level.
I know… I know that our own turbo-folk singers wear H&M Ramones shirts…and Motorhead… Slayer even… Probably ’cause they’ve seen Kardashians wearing them, on Instagram…
I know that Hello Kitty conglomerate has a whole Kiss (band) series…from toys, to clothes and – literally – toasters to tents and champagne. Alcoholic, yes, ’cause kids love to get buzzed on their favorite cartoon character.
And yet, to me this is not as irritatingly wrong as wearing the pre-cut, pre-glittered & pre-ripped Ramones T-shirt, whilst prancing around on stage, at your own gig, doing playback to own very shitty turbo-folk type song. It’s probably less bad because:
A) The band Kiss has decided, ages ago, to squeeze as much money as possible out of their middle-aged audience, they chose to do it by selling themselves to anyone at all with the right amount and
B) They actually became exactly this, a Hello Kitty kinda band, during late 70s, so it all makes total sense to me.
But at least (meh) those popular band shirts used to be with the legit band logos or photos of the band on them.
I mean, even H&M used to know better then to fuck with the sacramentals. Used to.
This “Ramones rain coat”, for example, I actually find insulting. On several levels. Insulting for the band that will always carry immense, profound importance for me as well as for many millions of other people from literally all over the planet, whose lives have been touched in so many ways by whatever followed the “1-2-3-4” countup to awesomeness…
Insulting for me personally.
I’m not sure if it’s the sheer stupidity or is it the audacity that is so insulting. Is it the lack of thought or is it the actual result of actual thoughts put in this, that made me want to use the facepalming emoji for the first time…
In any case, as Mark Twain wisely said:
“All you need in this life is ignorance and arrogance, then the success is sure”.
It’s almost like those shirts C and I love to treasure-hunt down at the Chinese market. Kids’ (toddler) size shirts with big prints across the front : “HAPPY JIZZY!” or “JOY FRIEND PUSSY” (with actual Hello Kitty picture) or “LOVE CUM SMILING IN ME!”.
Only, this particular rain coat, even though it might have been actually made in China, is apparently sold by a world famous brand, it’s pricey even.
So, why the fuck not put a cartoon version of the Ramones with “HOW TO WANDER” and “SHOW COW” printed all over it, right?
I just have this strong feeling that Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Marky, Richie and even CJ would all totally prefer the good old god’s honest “HAPPY JIZZY!” instead.