Saturday, March 12, 2011

TMBG Shirt #11: Happy Guy

This week's shirt is simple but sweet: it's the WDTTS? Happy Guy!
In all his purple glory, it's.. a guy. Let's call him, 'Guy'. He's quite happy. In fact, it looks like he may want a hug. Have I ever gotten a hug for wearing this? No. But I can dream, can't I? 
Guy originally appeared on the 1993 EP cover for "Why Does The Sun Shine?". Guy is clipart from the 30s or 40s which was created by the Stivers Studio in San Francisco. John Flansburgh came across it and passed him along to Megan Montague Cash, designer of the EP cover. WDTSS? is a cover of a song originally from the 1959 Space Songs album by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer. There are also lovely covers on this EP of The Allman Brothers' "Jessica" and "Whirlpool", originally by Meat Puppets. Incidentally, Curt Kirkwood of the Puppets designed a TMBG shirt himself, which you could keep an eye out for in the coming weeks.
The back of the shirt proclaims THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS in the same font used on the EP cover, though in large, florescent green lettering. This is one that you can still read after I'm a block away, folks. I'll leave people wondering, "Who was that Guy??"

MP3 of the Week:
What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round
In honor of The Monkees' 45th Anniversary Tour, here's John & John covering a Monkees tune. Performed at Quiet Life in New York City on 12/31/89.

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