Saturday, February 26, 2011

TMBG Shirt #9: Queen Victoria

What's that in the sky, high above the castle ramparts? Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, its Queen Victoria!
Also known as The Flying Carpet Shirt, the design comes to us from NY resident Michael Kupperman, whose work also graces the cover of TMBG's 1999 Internet album Long Tall Weekend. On the front of the shirt, Britain's Queen Victoria embarks on a bloody good magic carpet ride with a pair of proper-looking English urchins.
Back in 2000, I managed to get this shirt on television. Here I am in the audience for a taping of Late Show with David Letterman wearing my Queen Victoria shirt. I attempted to hold up a finger while pointing at the shirt with my other hand (TMBG#1!) , but it didn't quite resolve.
 On the back, the matriarch and her companions are spying on a very shady looking masked miscreant, some numpty who is availing himself of a mysterious secret stairwell hidden inside the trunk of a  tree, possibly to see a man about a dog. Blimey, who knows what adventures these scrutinizing sleuths will stumble upon?!

MP3 of the Week:
"The Johns Love You"
During a show on 3/13/99 at Lupo's in Providence, RI, there's a disagreement over which John loves you; the sincere guy in the band, or the angry one with all the swear words.

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