B.B King’s ‘Love Me Tender’

B.B. King's 'Love Me Tender'

'Nobody loves me but my mother— And she could be jivin', too' B.B King

Today we’re taking a look at B.B. King’s album entitled ‘Love Me Tender’. A superb record to put on whilst relaxing with an old fashioned cocktail. It is an extraordinary piece of art in itself, designed by Push Pin Studios. B.B. King began his legendary career as a disc jockey at a Memphis, Tennessee club where he adopted the nickname the ‘Beale Street Blues Boy’ which, eventually, became shortened to B.B. King. From humble beginnings, King aspired to become a Gospel Singer, and as a result learned how to play the guitar from his local preacher. Who must have been one helluva teacher as King went on to win 15 Grammy’s over a career which spanned more than 50 years! 

 

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'Bringin' in the sunlight an' easin' my pain'

New York born graphic designer Milton Glaser designed the cover art for B.B. King’s ‘Love Me Tender’ Vinyl, which has us swooning here at The Pasta Haters! Glaser is one of the co-founders of ‘Push Pin Studios’ whom he founded along with 4 of his friends. The foursome met as students at Cooper University in New York and went on to revolutionise the world of graphic design.

 

Push Pin Studios sought to challenge the popular style used by designers at the time. They wanted to bring their own style to the table and rejected historical forms such as, art nouveau and art deco. Together they went on to create a new, fresh approach to graphic design. Successfully achieving this by becoming the first graphic designers to have work displayed at a major museum. The exhibition was shown at the Louvre, Paris before be exhibited at museums around the rest of Europe and Japan in the 1970s.

Bob Dylan by Milton Glaser 1967 

Pasta Heller by Milton Glaser 2006

We hope you love the cover art for this album and the history behind it as much as we do! Below, you will find ‘The Love Me Tender’ album by B.B King which you can purchase from Al Mathew’s Collection via our website! Along with fashion statements which we think mirror the tone of the album. Happy listening!

 

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Ian Dury

Ian Dury, February 1978. Photograph: Peter Johns for the Guardian

Ian Dury "New Boots and Panties!!"

"Hit Me with your rhythm Shtick"

For this week’s Vinyl Tuesday’s, we have chosen to discuss Ian Dury’s album, ‘New Boots and Panties!!’. Ian Robins Dury was an English singer-songwriter and is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating rock stars of the 1970’s- uniquely delivering pub and punk rock n roll in a British, ‘vaudeville-esque’ way. 

Dury contracted polio when he was only 12 years old, he used his disability as a strength, giving him greater depth in his song writing and using it as a form of empowerment. It could be said that it was as a result of this illness, that gave him his harrowingly comical outlook on life. An outlook which resonates throughout his music. From Sweet Gene Vincent with its piano keys reminding us of Little Richard to the harsher raspy gargling’s on Plaistow Patricia, this album has it all. Some songs could be played at discos while others were reserved for singing along to on top of tables behind closed doors.

"I'm partial to your abracadabra"

Ian Dury cover art

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Ian Dury could pull of these lyrics because he sang them with a deep sense of physical and emotional vulnerability and we get the impression he prefers his cast of characters, such as, Clevor Trevor, Plaistow Patricia and Billericay Dickey  to the the trendy middle classes. 

Ironically, Dury was one of the last Punk lyricists to help get rid of the traditional Victorian values in the mid 70s whilst looking like a character from a Dicken’s novel. The cover art sees Dury coyly leaned against the shop window of a seedy East End menswear shop- appropriately wearing a pair of Doc Martin’s. Next to him is his son Baxter who looks equally as confident and who would eventually go on to become a singer himself.

We have been inspired by this album and hope you will be too! Why not check out more from Al Mathews’ huge vinyl collection which we have available to purchase at TPH.co?

Below you will find Ian Dury inspired clobber which we also have available on our website!

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100 Years of Women in Suits

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100 years of women in suits!

Happy International Women’s Day

"Fashion, feminism, and politics have always been heated territory, and the suffragettes knew this."

The Guardian, 2015

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we couldn’t resist paying homage to the history of the female suit. A look which has become the very expression of power, used by women during the suffragette movement, as well as fashion icons such as Diane Keaton.

The latter of which, casually brought a look typically reserved for men to our screens as ‘Annie Hall’ in the iconic 70s classic, instantly becoming a tomboy idol for generations of women. Oozing with confidence and authority Diane Keaton insists that “people should really dress for themselves and not be afraid of it” an ethos that epitomises our culture here at The Pasta Haters!

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Bye Bye Corset, Hello Suits!

On February 6th, 1918, more than eight million women won the right to vote, a huge step forward for the Suffragettes who had fought for more than a decade. What we wear says a lot about us: our personalities, our beliefs and sometimes even our politics. No one understood this more than the Suffragettes, who campaigned for looser and more comfortable clothing. They refused the restrictive corsets that women were expected to wear at that time.

Consequently, the “Suffragette suit” was born, the suit provided women with more freedom to move, and was worn as a symbol of defiance against legislation of the era. The looser, longer skirt suits, allowed for freedom of movement.

The Suffragettes appreciated that clothing was a significant tool in their fight for equality, utilising their own colours for added impact. Purple was worn for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope. It became ideologically and practically fashionable to identify with the women’s struggle for the right to vote, even if this solidarity was only shown by wearing a small piece of jewelry. Such jewelry was modeled in semi-precious coloured stones, usually taking the form of earrings or brooches.

A century later, this call for unity via clothing has been echoed by the Women’s March movement, supporters wore Pink knitted ‘Pussy Hats’ in a harmonious representation of women’s rights.

Women and Power

Throughout history, the typical pants suit has been associated with authority and power, consequently suits were considered garments solely to be worn by men. It was not overnight that this powerhouse garment became hip and fashionable for women to wear, such as it is today. It wasn’t until 1914, when iconic fashion legend Coco Chanel designed the very first suit for women, incorporating a fur jacket with an ankle-length skirt. Ms. Chanel’s creation was considered a fashion marvel at the time, creating a catalyst for the movement of structured suits being accepted as womenswear.

Happy International Women’s day!

With love, 

The Pasta Haters

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