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Child Stars

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There’s the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and on my (our) way to seeing them live, their song Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood started being seriously addictive. Its lyrics are simple:

Now that everybody’s here
Could we please have your attention?
There is nothing left to fear
Not now that Bigfoot is captured
But are the children really right alright alright?
But are the children really right alright alright?
But are the children all alright?

There is danger in the night
There are things we can’t control but
Will we give ourselves a fright
When we become less than human?
There are people who say why, oh why, oh why?
Now there are other ways to die, oh why, oh why
Oh why, oh why?

But upon this tidal wave
Oh god oh god
But upon this tidal wave
Oh god oh god, of
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
Young blood

We are men who stay alive
Who send your children away now
We are calling from a tower
Expressing what must be everyone’s opinion
“They are going out to bars
And they are getting into cars
I have seen them with my own eyes.”
“America please help them!”

And they are
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
Child stars
With their sex, and their drugs
And their rock and rock and rockandrockandroll
Hey!

And being mildly repetitious as well, you actually have the chance of understanding a word or two of those lyrics, no matter how sloppy they are pronounced. So the expression ‘Child stars’ stuck and I thought I should have a T-Shirt in that spirit. A bit of dabbling later, I came up with this simple handwritten affair:

Child Stars Shirt Design

Note the little tribute detail at the bottom. So, well done Mr. Sven, yet another T-Shirt design that’s most likely obscure enough to not be recognised by anyone… because, well, it refers to the last lines of the last song on a CD with severely hard to understand singing. But I still liked it and wanted that shirt.

After having learned about a local store that does the kind of printing I wanted for this in small numbers, we went there today and walked out with a shirt half an hour later. It was quite interesting to watch the shirt being made: They use a plotter with a knife instead of a pen to precisely cut the shape you want out of a special plastic material that’s then stuck to the shirt with heat and pressure as in the other T-shirt making techniques. Interesting to see that happen. And voilà:

Child Stars T-Shirt

See the shirt on my t-shirt site.

January 14, 2006, 20:55

Tagged as clap your hands say yeah, T-Shirts.

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Comment by richy t: User icon

likewise. driven insane by the lyrics and finally found out about the “child stars” bit just now.iiii i’m an ageing Talking heads/David byrne fan and this track really is a breath of retro air. Dig the T shirt - nHave you an left ?

September 15, 2006, 1:56

Comment by ssp: User icon

richy: I just made two of these shirts so far. If you want one, I’m sure we can come up with some way of making that work. But with shipping and all coming to it, it probably won’t be too cheap.

I could also try to put it up in an online store which may solve the problem of international shipping. But usually those online services refuse to use details as fine as the writing at the bottom left, so I’d have to remove that.

September 15, 2006, 10:19

Comment by hannah: User icon

thanks for that we were wondering! Child stars huh?

May 30, 2007, 21:50

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