Most people are well aware of the unwritten band merch rule, right? "Don't wear band merch unless you listen to the band." You wouldn't wear a shirt for a TV show you didn't watch, so don't wear a shirt for a band you don't listen to. Simple as that! You're supporting something you know nothing about, and that's not right.
However, perhaps there is some loopholes to this rule. There's a reason for saying this, so hold on to your comments until you read on some more. Say you don't really listen a band's work, but you listen to a song by them -is it okay then? For myself, I generally say no, but that's a grey area that varies from person to person. However, what if that band comes out with a t-shirt quoting that one song? Is it okay to get that then? I have to say yes!
The reason this came up is a photo of a Blink 182 shirt showed up in one of my many news feeds (It may have been Facebook, may have been Instagram, I don't remember.) that made me instantly go, "I want that!" I cannot seem to find a picture of it again to show you guys, but I will describe it. It was a brown shirt that said Blink 182 at the top of the shirt and in the center was a big '23' and around it it said, "What's my age again?"
Someone's going to freak on me for saying this -because someone always does but I am not a fan of Blink 182. I never really have been -though I am curious about their future new singer because its generally been Tom Delong's vocals that have stopped me from getting into their music. I have an unpopular opinion, I know. I don't have a problem with them, but his vocals just aren't my taste. I'm like that with most 'traditional' punk or pop punk bands, its not just Blink. I totally just digressed there, let me get myself back on topic.
The band is growing on me now, but "What's My Age Again?" has always been the one I really can say I enjoy. It is also the only one I have on my iPod, and because of that, I don't buy Blink 182 merch. They have had designs I liked before, and I have considered getting them because I do appreciate Blink and what they have done for bands but never have for that reason. That shirt however might be okay for me to wear because it quotes the one song I really listen to. Not that it really matters, I cannot find that picture again and because of that, I don't think I'm going to be able to find the t-shirt. If I find it, I'll post it on Facebook or Instagram or something.
So, what are your thoughts on band merch in this sense? What would you personally do? And while we're asking questions, what band do you find yourself wanting merch from but not buying because you don't listen to them actively? Blink is one of the only ones I have this dilemma with now, but I have also had this issue with Motionless in White. That has changed now because I do listen to a couple of their newer albums.
I'm rambling again, so I am going to shut myself up. Let me know your thoughts here, Facebook, Twitter, or now Instagram!
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