Did you ever see a band shirt that said "Listen to (fill in the blank)"? Well, not to toot our own horn, but toot-fucking-toot. Unless I'm gravely mistaken—and Marc McKee would be the one to correct me—the first graphic design incarnation of "Listen to Black Sabbath" originated at the rinky-dink World Industries offices just off Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance, California, in the very, very early '90s. We later appropriated this concept for what was unarguably the best selling T-shirt in the half-ass Big Brother skateboard magazine soft goods line. So popular was it, in fact, that subsequent "rips" appeared throughout the industry in the years to follow. Off the top of my dome, I can recall the "Listen to Bob Marley" shits—shits?—shirts put out by Element; CKY was another band to jump on the "Listen to" bandwagon. And, like it or not, but it's not like you have a choice, that's the whole marginally interesting and rather trivial backstory to today's post title: Listen to Rick Kosick. Best of all, you really can listen to him. Like right now! Just click on the link below to be whisked away to iTunes where you can download a podcast from January 8, 2013*, described as follows: "A unique one on one conversation with Rick Kosick of jackass. In the first hour we go deep into his history. We speak about his first passion which is photography. We cover his decade long career with Big Brother." So, go on, lick your tongue!**
** An inside joke understood by 2-3 people at most—mainly me, McKee, and Jeff Tremaine—that stems from a prank call made to a radio DJ in either late '93 or early '94. Entirely pointless and, as such, perfectly apt for any Big Brother remembrance.
(Photo by Sean Cliver; California 2010)