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2011/20/1 Outfit, Headbangers, leather jacket, t-shirt, jeans, leather / metal / cotton / polyester, various makers, worn and customised by Wayne Campbell, Australia, 1986-2009. Click to enlarge.

Headbanger’s outfit

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1986-1988.

British hard rock groups of the 1970s such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were popular in Australia well into the 1980s. However, it was really, in the early 1980s, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands, as the movement was known in the music press, which started the culture of headbangers or metalheads in the suburbs of Australian towns and cities. Bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard and Motorhead spoke to teenagers, primarily male, and primarily European, in...

Summary

Object No.

2011/20/1

Object Statement

Outfit, Headbangers, leather jacket, t-shirt, jeans, leather / metal / cotton / polyester, various makers, worn and customised by Wayne Campbell, Australia, 1986-2009

Physical Description

Outfit, Headbangers, leather jacket, t-shirt, jeans, leather / metal / cotton / polyester, various makers, worn and customised by Wayne Campbell, Australia, 1986-2009

The leather jacket is very well worn, and has had several studs attached to the collar, lapel and epilates - some have obviously fallen out. There is a patch attached to the left shoulder by four studs representing the thrash metal band Slayer. There is a badge with the image of an Aussie Digger on the right lapel.

The t-shirt is white and has the Australian proto-punk band Radio Birdman's logo on the front, and it has been customised by having the sleeves cut off.

The jeans are Levis brand blue denim, very well worn with holes in the knees, thigh and seat, and two patches sewn onto the thighs - the left being of the thrash metal band Metallica, the right being of the thrash metal band Onslaught. Logos for the bands Slayer and Radio Birdman are drawn in black indelible ink on the left and right leg respectively.

Production

Notes

The original jacket maker is unknown. It was made c. 1986. It was customised by the donor between 1986 and 1988. It is a 'Brando' style jacket.

The T-shirt was manufactured in China, and printed under license with the Australian proto-punk band Radio Birdman's logo.

The jeans were made by Levis Strauss in the USA, c. 1986.

Made

Australia, Oceania 1986-1988

History

Notes

Wayne Campbell, the donor, purchased these garments and customised them in the mid-to-late 1980s. Campbell was (and is still) part of the Sydney heavy metal scene. He was also the drummer in the Sydney thrash metal band Mortal Sin. Although fashion is not a big part of the heavy metal scene, the clothes worn do make a statement. Well worn and unpretentious clothes, and band logos on T-shirts are the mainstays. Denim and leather are the preferred materials. With the crossover of punk and heavy metal sub-cultures in the 1980s, individual expression through customising garments became a part of the heavy metal culture.

Campbell wore these garments to gigs and parties, and even in the photo shoot for his band's second album.

They were displayed in the 2009 -10/11 exhibition 'The 80s are back', and Mr Campbell then donated them to the Powerhouse Museum in 2011.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Wayne Campbell, 2011

Acquisition Date

31 March 2011

Cite this Object

Harvard

Headbanger's outfit 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/415679>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/415679 |title=Headbanger's outfit |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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