80s Who Gives a Sh!t What Frankie Says Spoof t-shirt Large
Chest 20.5 in.
Length 25 in.
Content: 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Hanes
This funny vitnage t-shirt parodies one of the most famous songs of the 1980s and the resulting controversy surrounding it. The shirt reads "Who Gives a Shit What Frankie Says" and it is meant to be a comical response to the slew of "Frankie Says Relax" shirts worn by fans in response to the 1983 pop song "Relax" released by the English synth band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The song served as the group's debut single, but it didn't gain significant attention until after is was banned by the BBC almost three months after its initial release.
The track was banned after a BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, Mike Read noticed the overtly sexual themes of the record sleeve and printed lyrics. Read was so disgusted he removed the disc from the turntable live on air and declared the song "obscene". This only prompted the single to shoot to the top of the UK charts. The song's lyrics, packaging, and music video weren't only marked by their overt sexual themes, but thought to be direct references to band members, Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford's open homosexuality, particularly the music video, which was set in a gay S&M parlor.
English fashion designer Katherine E. Hamnett, who was already known for her large block letter t-shirts that were worn by Wham! in their "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" music video, responded to the controversy by creating the now iconic "Frankie says relax" t-shirts that this tee parodies.
Fits like a modern unisex adult large. There is a large repair on the back, see pics.