SUB HOME BLUES - BLUE

$40.00
SUB HOME BLUES - BLUE

This design is inspired by Bob Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and feature's Dylan's handwritten lyrics on the back.

The song’s title was borrowed from Kerouac’s semi-fictional 1958 novel The Subterraneans. While content reflected the influence of Kerouac as well as the Woodie Guthrie-Pete Seeger song ‘Taking It Easy’, which contained the line “Mom was in the kitchen preparing to eat / Sis was in the pantry looking for some yeast.” Dylan told the LA Times that the song was musically inspired by Chuck Berry: “It’s from Chuck Berry, a bit of ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ and some of the scat songs of the forties.”

The track skips from one allusion to the other, faster than the mind can register. The song talks about drug busts, social discontent, government corruption, the police’s violent stance against the civil rights protestors, and so on, capturing the trials and tribulations of the new decade to a tee... so why not print it on one?

The song's first line is a reference to codeine distillation and the politics of the time: "Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine / I'm on the pavement thinkin' about the government". The song also depicts some of the growing conflicts between "straights" or "squares" and the emerging counterculture of the 1960s. The widespread use of recreational drugs and turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War were both starting to take hold of the nation, and Dylan's hyper-kinetic lyrics were dense with up-to-the-minute allusions to important emerging elements in the 1960s youth culture. According to rock journalist Andy Gill, "an entire generation recognized the zeitgeist in the verbal whirlwind of 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'."

One of the many punches that Dylan throws in this song is the infamous line
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"

This line served as the inspiration for the name of a manifesto written by a group of frustrated white middle class activists of the Students for a Democratic Society ( or SDS). This manifesto along with the Days of Rage in Chicago became the catalyst that enabled the group to branch off and become the Weathermen and later the Weather Underground Organization ( or WUO ) of which this project is named after, Under The Weather.

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Designed & Printed around Los Angeles, CA
Navy Blue Plastisol Print on Front & on Back
Printed on a Dusty Blue Los Angeles Apparel 1801 6.5z cotton t-shirt
( THIS IS A DIFFERENT FIT COMPARED TO THE WHITE AND BLACK VERSIONS OF THIS TEE - This blank features Los Angeles Apparels infamously loved/hated smaller neck hole )

SHIRT MEASUREMENTS
Size - Height" ( from shoulder to hem ) x Width" ( from arm pit to arm pit )

Small - 26.75" - 18.625"
Medium - 27.875" - 20.625"
Large - 29.0" - 22.625"
X-Large - 30.375" - 24/625"
2X-Large - 31.75" - 26.625"
3X-Large - 32.375" - 28.625"

DISCLAIMER: THESE SHIRTS ARE NOT PERFECT ( and that's just the way we like them! ) Due to the nature of our production, no two shirts are identical. Each shirt is printed by hand in a small garage by me! Each shirt is a labor of love and may have small ink spots from my grimy fucking fingers or uneven or slightly off-center prints.

If you are truly dissatisfied with the quality of the shirt please email me at [email protected]