Clothes have always been a source of self-expression and personal style. Whatever your style, here are some examples of bands and singers who have been inspired by what they or others are wearing:
Blue Jeans – Blur
By this stage of his musical journey, Damon Albarn was writing a great deal about made-up characters rather than himself. This one, though, is about him. It’s about clothes shopping for a day out in Portobello Road in London.
Dress – Taylor Swift
Perhaps the steamiest and most erotic song Taylor Swift has ever recorded, this intimate and daring song found her expressing her desire for an anonymous man close to her.
Flares ‘N’ Slippers – Cockney Rejects
This was the Rejects’ first demo and as was reported by the band, it was heard by the boss of Small Wonder records, who encouraged them to go into a studio with a producer named Bob Sergeant to record songs as singles. Whatever you want to store in your wardrobe, make sure it’s big enough and organised enough with Hampshire Fitted Wardrobes from https://lamco-design.co.uk/fitted-wardrobes/
I love my Shirt – Donovan
A song that is considered tongue in cheek and somewhat immature by Donovan about adoring your clothes and keeping hold of them even if they start to fall apart. This song made fun of the many fashion trends in the 1960s.
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
This tune is a fun tale of a shy girl in a small bikini and penned by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss after Vance was inspired by seeing his toddler daughter playing by the sea in her brand new bikini. Brian Hyland was still only a second-year high school student at the time of this recording.
Kinky Boots – Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman
The music for the new song was originally used sequentially for the satirical TV series That Was the Week That Was. The lyrics were then added by H. Kretzmer (who became famous for penning an English libretto for Les Misérables) for recordings by Macnee and Blackman, stars of the television series The Avengers.
Little Black Dress – One Direction
Now, every woman’s wardrobe should contain at least one LBD! This is a fun rock number inspired by the rock songs of the 1980s. Niall Horan told Billboard magazine: that he likes the rock vibrations of the 80s being a big fan of the Eagles, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and The Who.”
Pyjamarama – Roxy Music
“Pyjamarama” was a single that was never put onto an album. It was released too quickly say some to promote the 2nd album of Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, after the band completed a non-stop tour of England and the US. The synth band player, Brian Eno, disliked the song, even after the single entered Top 10.
Short Shorts – The Royal Teens
The Royal Teens consisted of four teens from the New Jersey area, who got their recognition from partaking in many ‘Battle of the Bands’ contests in New York. A producer asked them to provide backing for different songs and eventually released their first single, “Short Shorts”. The song was a big hit, and the group got a deal with label ABC Paramount.