The IT Crowd is back, and Roy still loves geeky tees!

by Andy on November 24, 2008

Friday night saw the return of Graham Lineham’s excellent ‘The IT Crowd‘ for it’s third season. Over the past few seasons I think I may well have enjoyed all the geeky in-jokes, references and props more than the storylines and acting (though I still enjoy that too), and it seems that this year is no exception as the IT department has had a makeover that seems to involve even more stickers than the back of my laptop.

Following on with a grand tradition, I Sky+’d the episode (though forgot to record the HD version) so that I could go back and chronicle the tees Roy wore in S3E1. The first one was really easy, I’d actually already spotted it in the advert. It’s a bit of a classic in the indie tee world, “Musical Elitism Venn Diagram Shirt (Music I Used to Like)” by Diesel Sweeties, who I noticed also have an ‘I [screw] robots’ sticker lurking in the background too.

The second was a bit harder, a black and orange tee where you never really got a decent look at the design. I was about you give up hope when I noticed that there was a shot taken from behind Roy’s head that revealed a J!NX logo on the neck of the tee, which actually made it very easy to find the tee. It’s called “The Cake is a Lie,” which is a statement that left me slightly perplexed, so I Googled it as they suggested, and now I get it. What? You thought I was going to explain it to you?

So, not exactly a huge amount of tee-sleuthing to be done this week, a nice gentle starter I guess, let’s see what comes up next week in episode 2. There’s not too much else in the gallery, just a few shots from different angles, but I figure that since I’ve taken the pictures I might as well upload them.

  • Mark Dell

    Great job with these tees, I was hoping to find a wiki about all these refrences but it seems your blog is the only place on the web that’s tried to document ‘em

  • Marleen

    One week later, that shirt still bothers me. “Music I used to like” cannot be a subset of “Music I like”. It doesn’t work. The left circle shouldn’t be a circle. Blah.

    Anyway, thanks for the shirt research! I shall bookmark your blog.

  • Bob

    Great work – was just writing a blog post to try and cover off all the series…

    Don’t know if you found out about the “Cake is a Lie” reference but it’s from a game called Portal by Valve (makers or Half Life).

    Top Notch work…

  • zounds

    RE: Marleen – “One week later, that shirt still bothers me. “Music I used to like” cannot be a subset of “Music I like”. It doesn’t work”

    Yeah, I agree – Until I saw it here, I’d guessed that the middle bit said:
    “Music WE Like”
    Which would make more sense?

  • kate

    “music i used to like” can be a subset of “music i like” if you know hipsters. it’s all they base the logic of their coolness on. any music you like BECOMES music they used to like, almost automatically. hence the shirt.

  • annhltr

    This has a huge marketing potential.
    I couldn’t find a ‘single’ place to buy these Ts.
    Why hasn’t anybody thought of monetizing this stuff?

  • Caitlin

    annhltr: They’re probably not all available in one place because the designs belong to different people. Who have their own marketers/publishers, who are probably not keen to share the designs.

  • SwedishFish

    It’s a break-up shirt. As in, there’s music that I like, there’s music you like, and there is music that I don’t like anymore because you like it.

    Woo! Portal!
    The Cake is a Lie!

  • faggot

    music i used to like can be a subset of music i like if you ignore time.

  • Marleen

    If the diagram DID ignore the time, then “music I like” and “music I used to like” would be the same circle. There would be no subset.

    Not that that is the point of Venn diagrams. They never ignore time. It would render them pointless.

  • faggot

    no, because music I like and music I did like, ignoring time are essentially two sets who occupy the exact same space (music I will eventually like, for that matter). my favorite example is a circle and a sphere are different until you project the 3D sphere onto a 2D plane, at which point it too becomes (or can be seen as) a circle.

    and venn diagrams must not necessarily have anything to do with time: consider two sets: men and women – and the subset that includes both: teachers. In this instance we’re not comparing any moment of time or any length of time – just a generalisation.

    anyways, it doesn’t really matter. the shirt is cool, IT crowd is cool, but the version they made for the US is the highest form of bastardisation

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