Day: #221 ALL / Chemical People - Monsters Of Food Tour II 1988/89
Brand: Fruit Of The Loom
Source: One of the best things I ever did for my t-shirt collection was start this blog. Unbeknownst to me, many people enjoy it and read it a lot. I guess like me, there are a lot of people that craved the same void I did and this is filling it in some small way. Heck I think I may have even inspired a few others to do their own version of this along the way (yeah I’m talking about you Play and Record!) I see you creepin’ and shit no I am not mad. I wish there was a version of this blog for all things in life I loved. I would pay money to see some guy with the skateboard shirt collection of mine to blog it up. That would make my year! I think as fans of the internet, the nerds/collectors out there are the future archivists of the world and you would be doing a disservice by not uploading, writing about, and cataloging all your goods so we can all see what exists and what doesn’t. Let’s face it, no museum is ever going to have a wing dedicated to old punk rock shirts so you will have to step into this Tumblr online museum and browse it here. Admission is free and we are open 24/7.
So aside from inspiring, I have met some awesome people I looked up to in music. One particular gentleman of the Chemical People has hooked me up on more than one occasion with some epic gems. The one above being the best of them all. Dave Naz set me up with a brand new dead stock Monsters of Food shirt, one I used to own. But through life’s ins n outs, it disappeared. Now I have a fucking brand new one you are witnessing right now, me breaking the cherry on it. It’s a tad snug, perhaps I should have hoped for an XL, but when you are begging you can’t be choosing. Give me a good reason to lose weight I guess. But yeah man, this shirt is kinda of a holy grail to me and I’m so appreciative to have it. Some day I hope to sit and talk with Naz more about this merch endeavor and hear all the good stories about it. Someday.
So back to this shirt, did Shary design this? Don’t know but I bet I will get an email tonight telling me if he did, and if not who did :). This was part II of this tour, was there a part one? If so, does a shirt exist for it? See folks, this is what I mean about archiving it all! I fucking love the fact that the first stop was Alfredo’s. For those of you that don’t know what Alfredo’s is, listen to Allroy Sez all the way to the end, then get in your car and go to Lomita, CA and go inside. When you realize you are in the wrong Alfredo’s that’s cause he sold the joint and opened a second Alfredo’s called Alfredo’s II. It’s right across the street from the Post Office, the one SST used to have Box #1 at. Now that you have just been schooled on the past, go inside and order a #10 like Bill would want. 2 beef tacos, chicken tostada, beans and rice, and lots of coke with lots of ice! Just listen to the song and you will get it. Fuck it I’ll just upload it for you, you lazy kids.
Ok, one more rant then I’m through with this marathon post for the day. Look at the back of this shirt. Doesn’t it strike you to be a lil’ similar to Aqua Teen Hunger Force? Can’t be a coincidence right? Come on, talking fries and a talking shake? I dunno know about this one, I think I might have to call hi-jinx on this one, throw in a flag, and let the judges make a decision. But you tell me. Weigh in here you fuckers and make a call. I wanna hear what you have to say.
So Alfredo’s is below and this is a lil’ taste of what that tour might have been like. I put in some classic Chemical People that is not typical CP sound. It sounds like Dave must have been pre-voice change, but I really dig the recording and think this was a great record.
UPDATE** from Chris Shary, the horse’s mouth.
“OK Karl drew this one, and it is freaking amazing! One of my all time favs. I have had mine since 89 I think. I enjoyed this as it was the first time we saw Allroy’s butt! Anyway I kept using this as my yardstick for what a good shirt should look like. Dave told me he got this to you, glad to see it up so quickly. Oh Human Fear was Blaire Job on vocals. Blair played guitar in an early version of the band, and moved to I think Arizona and stopped doing music. Loved his voice.”