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The Origins of Glam Rock- Today's History Lesson

Not to dredge up the year that was 2016 and memories of all of the pop-cultural icons that passed with it, but if we're going to talk glam rock, it would be far from complete without talking about David Bowie.

A quote from Rolling Stone magazine says this of the late musician:

"As was the case with Miles Davis in jazz, Bowie has come not just to represent his innovations but to symbolize modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary can be rolled into one.”

That, my friends, is the essence of glam rock. And Bowie not only embraced it; he oozed it.

Even so, he cannot be credited with pioneering it. At least, not completely.

Before Bowie came on the scene, others were laying the fundamental groundwork for the burgeoning theater of the bizarre that would become glam rock.

Glam rock was its own cultural revolution.

Spawned as a reactionary movement to the years of peace-and-love hippie psychedelia on one end and progressive, highfalutin music on the other, glam rock was born of the need to make rock fun again.

It was also the ultimate mash-up.

Drawing from influences as far reaching as 1930s Hollywood glitz and glamour to the pre-war cabarets, Victorian literary styles to science fiction, glam rock returned to classic three-chord boogie with tribal beats but delivered it with a campy post-ironic androgyny.

Outrageous was the theme - from clothes to hairstyles, makeup to shoes. (Think platform-soled boots fashioned with live fish swimming in the heels.) And the music itself was shamelessly catchy,
drawing melodies from bubblegum pop and those hip-shaking rhythms from early rock.

And the music itself was shamelessly catchy, drawing melodies from bubblegum pop and those hip-shaking rhythms from early rock.

And it would set the stage, as it were, for the later punk, art-rock and power-pop movements.

The Beginnings of Glam Rock

Just to set the record straight: Glam rock is not to be confused with '80s hair metal - a distinction that's not always clear to American listeners.

Glam rock was a mostly British phenomenon that became hugely popular during the first half of the '70s and then declined quickly by the end of the '70s. (The '80s hair metal genre would later mutate from glam rock.)

It can be broken down into two main schools.

The most prevalent one was that led by T. Rex (a.k.a. Marc Bolan) who pioneered glam's fashion sense with unapologetically sexy, silly and "surface" music. Some of the artists that followed this aesthetic were Gary Glitter, Sweet, and Slade - thus creating a wholly British substyle known as Glitter.

The other school relied heavily on image and a deeply artistic aesthetic, demonstrated by artists like David Bowie and Roxy Music. This school was showy, dramatic and ambitious, in respect to both sound and lyrics.

For the second school, the outlandishness of glam rock was an opportunity for them to manipulate their personas while exploring the darkness lurking under the music's stylish, sparkly surface.

Meanwhile in America...

Glam rock wasn't as well received in the States, though one of the most prominent glam rock bands were the New York Dolls.

They had a raw sound more reminiscent of the Rolling Stones, but their outrageous aesthetic and transvestite wardrobe placed them firmly in the same camp as their brethren across the pond.

Here's a list of some of the music that epitomized the glam rock era:

1. "Ballroom Blitz," by Sweet

Some consider this the band that started it all, and this was their biggest stateside hit. (Tia Carrere did a cover in Wayne's World which should be noted does NOT qualify as glam rock.)

2. "Metal Guru," T. Rex

This is a two-chord wonder that is both an ode to a car and a girl.

3. "Suffragette City," David Bowie

This one is the most popular of his Ziggy Stardust anthems and possibly the tale of a gay man being tempted by a woman. The epitome of glam rock.

4. "Cum On Feel The Noize," Slade

We're not talking the Quiet Riot version here, y'all.

5. "All The Young Dudes," Mott The Hoople

This saved Mott's career. And while the band members were straight, this song was purportedly about the glam movement and was actually a gay pride anthem.

6. "Personality Crisis," The New York Dolls

This song established New York Rock as an enduring movement even after the death of the Velvet Underground.

7. "Do The Strand," Roxy Music

Roxy were the art-rock contigency of glam rock. Their style would later help them to birth Britain's New Romantic movement.

8. "Can The Can," Suzi Quatro

In her leather jumpsuit, Suzi was the female teen idol of glam rock.

9. "I'm The Leader Of The Gang," Gary Glitter

With his tribal style, Glitter helped begin glam with "Rock and Roll Parts 1 and 2."

10. "Be My Lover," Alice Cooper

Alice mingled in the glam, goth, and metal realms, but he definitely knew how to go full glitter on everyone.

Yeah, glam rock was freakin' awesome. But...

Only one woman?

You'd think with so much make-up, glitter and ruffles, Suzi Quatro wouldn't be the only female on the above list. Though she wasn't the singular glam rock female representative, the pickings were thin.

The effeminate nature and gender games of the glam rock aesthetic carried the appearance of messing with patriarchy. But it was a facade because in the early '70s, the patriarchy was still firmly in control. It was predominantly men getting glammed-up.

Glam rock would, however, influence future female musicians like Siouxsie Sioux, Grace Jones, and Annie Lennox who managed to make it work in the next decade.

And then the glitter faded. 

Though the glam rock movement didn't really emerge until 1972, it had already peaked creatively by 1974 was essentially on the downslide by 1975.

The artists that had dominated the movement were either moving away from the style or releasing subpar work that just didn't have the sparkle.

Glam rock inarguably influenced the British punk movement, and was an even bigger contributor to the theatrical sturm und drang of post-punk.

Finally, glam rock was pivotal to the development of '80s pop-metal. Interestingly enough, though, apart from Def Leppard, many of those American hair bands had scant knowledge of these glam bands.

Talk about ironic.

Do you have a favorite glam rock band? We'd love to hear about it.

Black Sabbath "Last Tour"

Fans are not sure that if this is the real deal or not. Black Sabbath announced their last tour ever for 2016-17. This tour is called "Black Sabbath Farewell Tour" or "The END Tour" and it's said to be the end of Black Sabbath touring for good. Fans have been making sure they get tickets while they can to see the  legends for one last time. Even though it was said to be the last tour there were some talk after that make it sound like some of the members are still willing to tour. We will see what the future brings. Ozzy stated that he wants to keep tour with his project. So this will not be the end of Ozzy's touring career. As for Black Sabbath we are pretty sure this is it for seeing them live.

Rumors have people wonder if Tony Iommi's health is at risk and that may be the reason for not touring anymore but he dismissed this rumor quickly. He was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2012. He was able to fight lymphoma and get treatment. He says he is still scared it may come back.

We are all happy to celebrate the many years of Sabbath now with our selection of Black Sabbath t-shirts here at Old School Tees! We hope you enjoy the last concert and rock out!

Go get your tickets guys! http://www.ticketmaster.com/Black-Sabbath-tickets/artist/734569

Black Sabbath Wear At OLD SCHOOL TEES

Whats Your Favorite Tee Shirt Style?

We want to know what you think of our shirts so if you have a favorite shirt or maybe a shirt you just really like let us know and we will put it up as the shirt of the day on sale! Shirt of the day means that you will get the shirt you love on sale!! Also if you've seen a shirt we don't carry but you like let us know because we may be able to get it. This month some of our most popular shirts have been these 5.So tell us what shirts you love by commenting on facebook to this post!! oldschooltees.com

Newest Shirts in the Store

Hey, You might want to check out our newest items!! We just got some new t-shirts in! Check them out right here!
American Horror Story Freak Show! Now you can wear your favorite season of American Horror Story with this shirt. Freak Show is based on a twisted murder story involving killer clowns as usual and a bunch of obscene characters including Siamese twins, man with lobster hands and worlds smallest women. This takes place in Jupiter, Fl. Many of the same actors play in this season as the other seasons.

Too Hot For You - Sriracha Hot Sauce -This shirt might be too hot for you if you can't handle the spiciest hot sauce! Sriracha's hot sauce logo is a cock so it is often referred to as rooster sauce.  This sauce is made from chilies, vinegar, sugar and salt. So if you think you can take it wear this shirt!

Seinfeld George "I've Got Nothing" Catch phrase. If you are a Seinfeld fan you may know Georges classic line "I've got nothing" from the episode The Secret Code.

Workaholics! If you like Workaholics you may want to share the love and get this shirt! This shirt celebrates the crews drunken craziness! https://vine.co/v/Mjel77L3APi
Wet Hot American Summer Camp Firewood. This shirt is based on the fictional camp in the movie Wet Hot American Summer.

Another Wet Hot American Summer Tee!

Great Deals T-Shirts Metallica, The Dead and the Lips of Patricia Quinn

 This blog is basically a reflection on some our past shirts that we have put on sale. These shirts have all been shirts of the day. For anyone who doesn't know about our shirt of the day deals here is some information. We always offer a shirt of the day on our home page at OldSchoolTees.com. The shirts are always great prices and usually on sale for a couple of days.

1. Metallica - Master of Puppets 6/29/16 This shirt has Metallica's Master of Puppets logo/cd cover on it. This album came out in 1986. This was the last cd that Cliff Burton played bass on before he died in a tour bus crash after winning a card game (getting Ace of Spades) to get the better bunk on the tour bus. He took Kirt Hammets bunk because it was the best bunk on the tour bus. That night he died in the crash. The rest of the members lived. Here is our pick of the day today...$14.00

2. Grateful Dead -Dancing Bear (Tye Dye) 6/24/16
The Grateful Dead came up with the idea for this bear and made it a reality in 1990 when a stuffed bear was made. The five bears dancing logo came out with the album "History of the Grateful Dead Volume One (Bears Choice)." This shirt is a great concert or vacation shirt!
3. Rocky Horror - Lips 6/22/16 These lips appear at the beginning of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. These are the lips of Patricia Quinn.

4.  Jimi Hendrix - Blue 6/17/16 This blue Jimi Hendrix Shirt has 1968 Live USA tour on it. This shirt was picked because of our staff love for Jimi.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Gray 6/15/16 RHCP - This band started in the 80's and still are going strong. They are know for their funk/rock sound. Here are some interesting facts you never knew about this band...RHCP facts you never knew

If you see a shirt you think should be our shirt of the day please send us a message and we will put it up! Make sure to check out sales every day for new shirts that are on sale for great prices! You can get our daily notice for shirt of the day by liking us on https://www.facebook.com/OldSchoolTees/

5 Punk Bands and Their Stories

The Clash

 A famous quote by bass guitarist Paul Simonon after breaking his bass in the NY Palladium 1979. "The show had gone quite well," says Simonon, "but for me inside, it just wasn't working well, so I suppose I took it out on the bass. If I was smart, I would have got the spare bass and used that one, because it wasn't as good as the one I smashed up."

Paul Simonon was known for not just his music but for his performance on stage. He would often swing his bass around to draw the attention of the audience.  The picture above is the actual bass guitar that is on the over of London Calling in which he smashed.This guitar is now displayed in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols are most known for their punk music, attitude and of course Sid Vicious being arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in a Manhattan Hotel. The band has a dark history. Sid not only murdered his girlfriend but had made more then one attempt of suicide and other attacks and arrests. When he died a suicide note was left saying  "We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots Goodbye." He was never buried next to her because she was buried at a Jewish cemetery which would not allow non-Jews to be buried there.

The Sex Pistols were too much for the media at times and some of their songs were banned because of their explicit content. "God Save the Queen" was banned by the BBC but this didn't stop it from becoming a hit song. "Anarchy in the Uk" also became an anthem of the late 70's for angry masses. It's clear to say that their music start a movement in punk music to make it more aggressive.

Bad Brains

Did you know that the Bad Brains were originally a Jazz Fusion band called Mind Power? Their music now is influenced by Reggae beats and Heavy Punk riffs. Their sound was influenced by artists like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Dead Boys  but also Bob Marley who they became obsessed with after seeing him live in a concert. They also were called Soul Brains for a while which fit their reggae roots. They settled for the name Bad Brains after the song Bad Brains by The Ramones. Bad Brains had made an influence over the hardcore punk movement with a reggae influence which brought something new to the punk seen. Bands like 311, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers were all influenced by Bad Brains.

The Ramones

The Ramones are known for influencing the punk rock movement in the 70s. Despite conflicts between Joey and Johnny Ramone regarding difference of life style as well as Johnny taking Joeys girlfriend the band was an success to the punk movement. This band had a lot going against them because of the many conflicts including threats and the many personality clashes of the members it's not surprising they ended in 96 after switching members multiple times. People loved the catchy simple music they wrote. Their music was influenced by a pop sound, movies, Andy Warhol, and "childish innocents."

Joan Jett

She is known as the Godmother of Punk Rock and is another Hall of Famer. Her first successes were with The Runaways with members Sandy West, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox and Cherie Currie. She was told to take all the profit from her solo music career but she turned this down because she wanted a band which became Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. She went on to become a producer for bands such as Bikini Kills and Circus Lupus and also did background vocals for them. She made appearances with many other bands like The Ramones, Sex Pistols and Foo Fighters. She also did some acting. Later on The Runaways (film) staring Kristen Stewart was made about her life with The Runaways and her solo career following.

Joan Jetts morals: "I am a vegetarian. So I avoid contributing to the major environmental damage that the meat industry creates. I hope that soon we can make sure that everything we do is earth-friendly." -Joan Jett

Our Environmentally Friendly Eco Tees

At Old School Tees we like to help the environment by providing our costumers with environmental tips with each tee. On TeeHuggers t-shirt they not only bring awareness to environmental issues, plant trees for each shirt bought but each tee also provides tips on things we can do to help the environment. Each eco t-shirt comes with eco tips printed on the inside of them.

These fun t-shirts not only look great they are comfortable they also help the earth by planting trees through American Forests conservation organization. Great for any family member or the whole family. Eco Tees
Check out the inside of the t-shirt tips to helps the environment.
About the American Forests Conservation Organization: This is an organization that plants trees in places that have had serious fires and provides trees to help endangered species have homes. Some of their projects have included reforestation for endangered animals and insects in Michigan and Mexico. They have planted jack pines in Michigan and ponderosa pines in Colorado after a massive fire in 2002 on the Chessman reservoir. American Forests has planted more then 45 million trees since 1990 and helped provide better drinking water by restoring watersheds.American Forests

5 Factors to Consider When Looking for Quality Tees

T-shirts have been in existence since the 19th century and in the 1950s became more popular when Marlon Brando wore it in one of his movies. Fast-forward six decades after and tees are now accepted as office dress codes mostly for IT companies. Being the icons for casual clothing, t-shirts come in different colors and designs and at times, choosing what’s right for you becomes challenging.

What should you look for when buying quality tees?


Most of the tees available in the market are 100% cotton while some a combination of cotton and polyester material. Tees made of cotton are preferable to wear because it is soft and comfortable on the body. However, when it comes to moisture, polycotton works better as it allows evaporation. When it comes to thickness of the fabric, there is really nothing significant about it when it comes to quality but a thicker material looks more expensive and durable while thin fabric looks cheap.


When shopping for a shirt, it’s imperative to consider the reason you are buying one. If you are looking for a tee to wear for a regular day like going to the movies or seeing friends, a cotton tee will do. On the other hand, if this is a shirt you will use for a game or a sport like running or a gym work out, you should opt for a dri-fit shirt since it does not absorb sweat.


A t-shirt is part of your fashion statement. It is also a piece of clothing you want to wear because of its design. Some may have no print on it but most have logos or designs either at the front or at the back. These are known as graphic tees. Depending on the type of your personality, you can wear movie tees, hip hop shirts and ones with your favorite cartoon character or super hero. These are more casual than others and the bigger and bolder the graphics are, the more they become casual-looking. Quality tees with designs are those that use non-toxic paints and prints.


Tees come in different styles, from crew necks to tank tops. If you want a classic tee, a crew collar is the best choice especially if you have a long neck and a slight build body frame. It also is proportionate to a person with narrow face. Conversely, the V-neck is more visual and better for a shorter individual. It looks better on men with wider and larger faces.


Basically, the perfect color for a tee depends on your skin tone but it is still best to know how different colors can affect how you look. A white tee is classic and great to be paired with jeans while navy exudes sharpness. Gray can also be a flattering color and is a neutral tone. A black shirt is great to wear at night since it can easily absorb the heat coming from the sun during the day. Other shirt colors include red, green, orange, neon and brown.

Although price is also a significant factor when it comes to quality, there are tees available now that are not necessarily expensive but made with quality.

7 Top Tee Designs for Geeks

Tees have evolved from being an undergarment to becoming a popular piece of clothing used by people of all shapes, sizes and personalities. From being an effective marketing tool to a way to express oneself, t-shirts will be here to stay.
People wear tees with all kinds of prints, from their favorite movie characters to their favorite sports. Moreover, different types of people also love wearing shirts that convey who they are like the band, nerd and geek shirts.
What are the top tees for geeks? There are hundreds of geek shirt designs out there and picking which makes the cut on the top list can be quite challenging. Perhaps, it’s best to select the ones that will speak for themselves by way of what is printed on them.

One of the first geek shirts had the word “Geek.” on it. This might be the one to top the list because it says it all. No drum rolls, no frills but straight to the point.

2. There are 10 types of people…
This has been a private joke people who have taken courses in programming and IT. Now, it can be worn by anyone who wants to prove a point about the type of person he or she is. The geek shirt reads, “There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who don’t. If you don’t get the joke, you are probably not a geek.

3. There’s no place like
Those who are not geeks might not understand what this stands for. Even if you use a computer but are not tech savvy and do not know the difference between a dial-up and broadband, you will not have an idea what this is. But for those who set up internet connections for family or as part of their job description, this shirt rocks!

4. Keep Out of Direct Sunlight 
Geeks can be found in their rooms and venues where games and competitions for computer wizards are held instead of outdoor places. This is why they are known for their pale color since time immemorial.

5. Try  Another Hole
This shirt might seem a little sexy but it really isn’t. This is more as an advice with a funny ring to it. Good thing this geeky attire has figures of different computer ports on it from, serial ports to USB ports.

6. Power
The design on this shirt is not actually a text but a “power” button. Whether in reel and real life, geeks are considered nerds and sometimes bullied by their classmates. These geeks in the movies are often seen with thought bubbles popping out about how the tides will turn and they will have power over these bullies.

7. I  <3 MY Geek
Yes, Virginia, geeks have girlfriends, too. Although not all do because they are either shy or simply too busy for this stuff, there are nice and pretty girls who fall for nice and smart geeks.
 There is a plethora of geek shirts available and picking the right one can indeed be difficult. But definitely, there is one perfect for you or the person you want to give it to.

Favorite tees with attitude

Tees are your fashion essentials that contribute to casual and effortless style. There is nothing better than enjoying your day in a comfortable tee and rocking the night by pairing it with the perfect jacket. What could possibly replace tees and their convenience? Some of the tees that have been extremely trendy and remain that way include those related to famous rock artists and bands. If you want to have a wardrobe that shouts out of the mundane crowd, you can simply include these tees in your attire and be unique.
The tees with Ozzie Osborne are amazingly casual and effortless. They stay super sexy and edgy no matter what you pair with it. You can wear such a shirt in different colors and pair it with your favorite denims and a nice leather jacket. You are ready for any party in town! These tees enable you to take a risk, be expressive and stay amazingly cool no matter how little time you have to dress up.

Maybe you like your rock a little more country? No one can deny the sheer degree of cool that Johnny Cash emanates! There certainly seems to be a theme among all rock Gods of flipping the bird! The photo on this t-shirt was taken when photographer Jim Marshall asked Johnny Cash to ‘do a shot for the warden’ whilst he was at San Quentin Prison in 1970 to perform for the inmates. It wasn’t until 1998 that this image went viral…well, if going viral existed back then!