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Slogans on T-Shirts

Around 1983, there was a surge in popularity of oversize T-Shirts with slogans on the front. One of the earliest I remember was inspired by the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood - it said something like "Frankie Says: War! Hide Yourself". This was followed by variations on the "name Says: whatever" formula, and even shirts that answered back to earlier slogans - "Spandau Says: Frankie Goes To Hospital" is one that sticks in my mind. Pretty soon there were all kinds of sayings and single words you could wear.

I had a sleeveless shirt that I really liked, it was blue and white, made to look as if it was splattered with paint, and large letters that said "TERRE". My mum washed it, but accidentally put a red shirt in the same load, and my shirt came out purple and pale pink. She was quite relieved when I decided that it looked even better than the original blue and white. I think I still have that shirt somewhere.


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Do You Remember Slogans on T-Shirts?

Do You Remember Slogans on T-Shirts?

  • Anonymous user
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    Yes I had an Adolf T-Shirt very funny at the time ! Earlier in the 80's the main one was Frankie Says Relax ! and Choose Life by Wham ! good grief!
  • Anonymous user
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    Does anyone remember my fav tshirt Adolf Hittlers European Tour T Shirt it had the dates on the back with London 1940 with Cancelled through it
  • Anonymous user
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    i actually have a school photo taken in 83 with me and all my school mates in minehead butlins wearing a "frankie says war hide yourself" Tshirt. i wanted a frankie says *something very rude* Tshirt but i was only 10 and my parents said NO! shame, would of made a great school pic