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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Top 20 Best Band Tees of 2007 -- Summer Edition

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 4:35 PM

The T-Shirt started out as underwear, now it's the uniform of rebellion and revolution. SF Weekly asked Amber Easby, the author of "The Art of the Band T-Shirt," Erica Easley, author of "Rock Tease: The Golden Years of Rock T-Shirts," and a few other experts, collectors, critics and consumers to weigh in on this Summer's Rocking-est Tees. Here's what we found. -David Downs

Rage Against the Machine

Battle of the Bells

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Rage gets the number one slot due to their phenomenal live show, huge crowds and overall rarity. You know they're another five minutes from breaking up, so this Rock The Bells, SF souvenir should be worth something down the road.

Yo La Tengo

I'm Not Afraid of You ...

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The original of the album name remains a mystery. some people hate it, but let's face it, this shirt is dope.

Sonic Youth

Daydream Nation Reissue

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A re-issued album and a re-issued live show deserve a T-shirt reissue.

Panda Bear

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What's not to love about the ridiculously huge hip hop lettering.

Communist Party

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A colleague said he was not afraid of me and would beat my ass if this shirt was not included. Too bad it's not from a band, it's still badass. Go threadlist.

White Stripes

Magician

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One of the classiest bands in garage rock. Hands down.

Cat Power

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So hot, yet so crazy; which adds to the hotness somehow.

Stereolab

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Nuff said.

Mudhoney

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At least you know where they're coming from with this one.

Pavement

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Awesome Color

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Word is, this one is even better in color.

Flaming Lips

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I would hate to advocate walking around with the word 'acid' on your chest, but ...

it's always worked for me.

Lonely Island

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The word of the year is taint. Now go out and spread it.

Pussy Galore

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Monster in a Wheelchair

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Birdmonster

I Lied

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The Shins

Fault

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Weezer

Butterfly

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Michael Salter

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Mr. Show

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