John Entwistle "Boris The Spider / Heaven and Hell" The Who Band T-Shirt
You might think this design is a little on the gothic side for a member of The Who... but if you really pay attention to the imagery that John Entwistle portrayed, he was very much the dark side of the band.
Upon announcement of the song "Boris the Spider" during some live shows, Pete Townshend (and the rest of the band) jokingly refer to him, as well as the songs subject matter, and even the guitar chords, as "weird".
They were certainly right... "The Ox" was a big, silent guy that wore a lot of black in the 60's... looking more like a hip paul bearer than a rock superstar... he just stood there slaying those bass strings with fingers made of rock (brimstone?)... and occasionally opening his mouth to write a brooding song that added a slight bit of an occult feel to the band.
He never wore much Black, you say?
Watch the Smothers Brothers video we have posted on our Keith Moon "Highly Destructive" t-shirt page... while everyone else is dressed to the nines in flourishing hippy regalia; colorful psychedelic swirls, poofy hair, velvet smoking jackets and ruffled pirate shirts... there's John silently off to the side, wearing a head-to-toe black suit... looking like he just came back from a meeting of The Electric Hellfire Club.
I mean, despite the unusually spooky nature of "Boris the Spider" (relative to The Who's usual progressive rock bombast)... .his 1971 solo album "Smash Your Head Against the Wall" tends to imply a pretty dark nature.
Even the first song on that solo album;"My Size" (which is one of my favorite 70's hard rock tracks, I might add) is a blistering Ted Nugent "Stranglehold" type of lyrical bludgeoning... again, not exactly the kind of content you would expect to hear from a member of The Who.
Anyway, all of this dark juxtaposition makes Entwistle one of the coolest, most under-appreciated bass guitarists in rock history... I unfortunately listened to The Who for many years without recognizing him.
It wasn't until I heard the songs "Heaven and Hell / Amazing Journey" on the "Live at Leeds (1970)" album that I became infatuated with The Ox... the bass lines in the second song are without equal... I'm talking "Sold My Soul for Rock and Roll" type of rock legacy.
Never mind the subject matter of Entwistle's Heaven and Hell... which only serves to add more argument for this gothic inspired John Entwistle t-shirt.
Man, all the members of The Who are wild characters with huge personality and exceptional talent... but it's the big brooding guy on the left that doesn't say anything, he's my favorite.