Fandom Hall of Fame: Musicians Wearing Other Musicians’ T-Shirts


There is something endlessly fascinating about seeing members of our favorite bands wearing the T-shirts of other acts. Sure, these wardrobe choices may sometimes be ironic. But for the most part, musicians seem to wave other musicians’ flags for exactly the same reasons we do: to proclaim our undying fandom. And it’s always exciting to see that someone whose music we’re into shares some facet of our musical taste. After the jump, we’ve collected 20 great photos of our favorite icons — Joan Jett, Kurt Cobain, Thurston Moore, Jay-Z — wearing other bands’ T-shirts.

Kurt Cobain wearing a Flipper T-shirt.

Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) wears a Last Waltz T-shirt. Does that make her a fan of The Band, Martin Scorsese, or both?

Eddie Vedder flashes his punk-rock credentials with this Plasmatics T-shirt.

And Chris Cornell, back in his first run with Soundgarden, reps Pearl Jam.

Nathan Williams (a.k.a. Wavves) is all about Bad Brains… and Kenny Loggins?

Billie Joe Armstrong in a Clash T-shirt.

Courtney Love after purchasing vintage New Order T-shirt. That’s Marc Jacobs’ ex-boyfriend with her…

Thurston Moore wearing a Pocahaunted T-shirt. (One more reason to love him.)

Jay-Z sports a Notorious B.I.G. T-shirt

Johnny Rotten famously defaced a Pink Floyd T-shirt.

Joan Jett rocking a Sex Pistols T-shirt.

Kathleen Hanna, in turn, asks that all-important question, “What would Joan Jett do?”

God bless Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound), reading about weight loss in a Tupac shirt.

KRS-One pays tribute to Bob Marley.

Stephen Malkmus inspires an entire crowd to Google the band Gaslight Radio.

Red Hot Chili Peppers main man Anthony Kiedis gives a shout out to the Ramones.

Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance, I.U.D.) in a Ghostface Killah T-shirt.

Slash’s Damned T-shirt, specially modified to show off his, er, guns.

Noah Lennox (better known as Animal Collective’s Panda Bear) wears his love of Daft Punk on his sleeve.

K Records founder/ Beat Happening leader Calvin Johnson adored the Melvins — almost as much as we adore this Melvins T-shirt.