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Indie pop superstar Billie Eilish is anything but conventional and, onstage this month, she wore a shirt that was designed to invoke the appearance of a patch jacket and it featured a number of underground metal and punks groups, as well as some more premiere names such as Motorhead and Misfits.
It’s not the first time Eilish, who is currently in the midst of touring in support of last year’s sophomoric record Happier Than Ever, has repped heavy music with her onstage apparel.
Back in 2019 she appeared in a bizarre shirt with the torso split into three designs to unite Type O Negative, Rob Zombie and Cradle of Filth in one garment.
Perhaps Ghoul were tipped off or maybe they were huddled around their computer, phone, tablet or whatever other internet-equipped devices they could get their sewer-stained hands on, watching live footage of Eilish because she’s a badass performer with great songs. Hey, we’re not here to judge and you shouldn’t be either!
The band posted two photos of Eilish onstage, showing off different angles of the patch-like shirt, on which Ghoul are featured at least twice.
Also represented are punk groups Anti Cimex, The Last Resort and others.
Beneath Ghoul’s pair of Instagram posts highlighting their inclusion on the pattern on Eilish’s shirt is video footage from her June 11 show at The O2 in London, where you can see more angles of the shirt design.
Bands Aren’t as Big as They Were in the ‘80s
Whenever a heavy music artist truly breaks through the mainstream today, the rock and metal community treats it like heresy.
“Posers! Sellouts!” they scream, enraged how so many people can have a shared interest in something.
Yet, at the same time, the lamentation that metal bands aren’t as big as they were in the ‘80s is ever prevalent.
One repeated question is, “Where’s the next Metallica?” There’s not going to be another Metallica. And why must we look to the success of the past to dictate what we want in the future?
As the music industry continues to evolve, what’s becoming obvious is that the standards set in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s were perhaps an aberration and we’re lucky to have ever had those eras and all the success it brought at all.
That overnight success is 99.9 percent not coming back ever again in heavy music. It takes 10 to 20 years for a band to build themselves up to festival and arena headliner status because they need to accumulate generations of fans. This is the reality — to go against it or ignore it is futile.