RECORD STORE TALES Part 227: Purp Ate My Balls
10 years ago my online handle was “Purpendicular.” (Gee, where did I get that name from?) “Purp” made a good short-form nickname. For whatever reason…and believe me I wish I could remember…Sarge decided to make and give out 40 or 50 “Purp Ate My Balls” shirts! He gave them to all his shop employees (Metal Fatigue in Bournemouth) and I’m pretty sure all the Klopeks ended up with them too.
I wish I had the photo gallery, but Sarge used to have pictures of all those people wearing my face on their shirts and doing the “Purp” face. It was a mini-phenomenon at the time, but all I have left is Sarge.
For obvious reasons, I was not allowed to wear this shirt to work. I do still have mine though, packed away in storage. I wonder how many more are still out there? I often wonder if people in Bournemouth, Brighton, Niagara Falls and beyond still wear their “Purp”?
The only disadvantage to that nickname I can foresee is that if a crime were comitted, you’d always be a suspect. After all, you were the purp.
I like the shirt.
Thanks man! Wish I had a spare.
It’s a shame that nickname was a couple years before youtube – that could have been quite the viral meme, with people making the ‘purp’ face in flash mobs around the world!
Damn! I missed the boat!
I know Sarge still has every single photo of every single person wearing their shirt. But he just moved and they are buried on a hard drive somewhere.