Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Every Shirt C: Metallica - Ride The Lightning

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shirt: Metallica - Ride The Lightning
size: XL (US)
vintage: 1997
provenance: retail

As fitting for the hundredth (seriously? what the hell?!?) shirt in this series, this one is as close to the Generic Metal Shirt as can be found. Almost everyone who considers themselves a fan of heavy music either owns this shirt, or owned this shirt at some point in time. The Ride cover on the front and the skeleton dude getting electrocuted on the back has been around, in some form or another, since the mid-'80s, and this exact shirt is probably still in print today, unaltered from when I picked it up at Newbury Comics more than a decade ago. I constantly see people in this design at shows from DIY bar gigs up to festivals, watching all kinds of bands; metalheads are almost required by law to own Number of the Beast, Metallica's catalog to 1990, Reign In Blood, British Steel, Rust In Peace, and Paranoid regardless of what they listen to otherwise, and it sure seems like the same may be true for this shirt design.

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