Source: I bought this from an SST mail-order catalog back in the day. no reason i don’t want Bono dead but i certainly wasn’t a fan of U2 at the time, or now for that matter. but as someone pointed out today its a shirt that was made in response to the experimental band Negetiveland’s “u2” ep.
A real balsy maneuver on Negativeland’s behalf using all these samples and not giving one fuck at all.
that album was supposedly put out as kind of a big FU to the popularity of U2 and the album cover was made to look like a new U2 album as well. OBVIOUSLY they got the shit sued out of them and that album art above is now long out of print and really rare.
so they renamed the ep the “Guns” ep and changed the art to this and thus you can see how the volition of a shirt design has become.
It’s all really quite interesting really. the whole scenario, like the fact that Greg Ginn put this out on SST, the fact that this is totally indicative of 1991 weird trippy shit form people who clearly listened to a lot of Dead Kennedys. the art debacle and most of all listening to KC Kasem ranting off much talking about “who give s a shit about U2 band members because no one will give a shit anyway, for Christ’s sake that are from England!”