Shirt Stains: Origin And Morty

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This is where I might make a clever pun or quote, but just….no.

 

Do you have certain bands in your life that you know exactly when, where, and how you discovered them? I have lots of those. I don’t know if it’s due to a good memory for minor things or my brain just pushes out important things like people’s names to make room for stuff like this. Regardless, Origin is one of those bands.

I was a DJ at my college’s radio station. My junior year, I had a slot from 12am-3am on Fridays. Not exactly the best time, but it allowed me to play whatever I wanted and metalheads tend to be up during those hours. I did not have a laptop or a fancy mp3 player, so I would bring in piles of my own cds and try to dig through the shelf and a half of metal that the studio had. It was slim pickings, but one album that stuck out to me was Origin’s Echoes of Decimation.

I’m not sure what it was about the album that made it stand out. Maybe it was the simplicity of the band’s name. Maybe it was that they were on Relapse Records, instantly gaining a level of credibility. Maybe it was the giant Arnim Zola-like face on the album art. Maybe it was just the brutal blast of death metal at 2 in the morning that I needed. Regardless, I’ll always associate the band and that album with fun times in college. Well, I used to associate it with those times until I saw…this.

 

*disappointed sigh*

Gone is old man Apocalypse’s smushed face. In it’s place is the misshapen corn nut-like visage of a Cromulon from Rick and Morty. Look, I don’t watch the show. I sat through about five minutes of the first episode after it came up on Hulu’s autoplay. No laughs, no chuckles, didn’t even crack a smile. It’s possible I just don’t “have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty“. It’s also possible I don’t particularly find alcoholism being used as a comedic device particularly funny. It’s definite that I don’t like the nuttier fringes of the show’s fanbase.

So why does Origin have one of the characters from the show on their shirt? I don’t know. I would have to assume that they enjoy it or they at least want to cash in on a fandom that would step over their own mother’s to get tiny packets of sauce because the show mentioned it. I think I’d actually be really okay with this shirt if that was the case. I mean, I’m still annoyed that this shirt made me actually search around the internet to confirm that this was in fact a character from the show. Time not well spent.

 

Is that supposed to be the giant floating head’s asshole? Y’know what? I don’t want to know. I’m more than okay not knowing. Some things are better left unlearned, like trigonometry or your parents’ fetishes. Just try not to hop around on our counters and throw a fit.

And lest you think this is some wacky bootleg cobbled together by the shadiest of Facebook pages, this shirt was sold via IndieMerch.com. I say “was” because it is no longer available. I hope that’s because people wanted to avoid being sued and not because a bunch of people bought it and it sold out. I don’t know if my heart can handle that news.

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  • I enjoy the show quite a bit tbh, but some of the wanna-be deep nihilism of it can get pretty off-putting. I don’t mind the shirt…although it’s definitely not creative.

  • BigTasty

    Dumb shirt, I really wish bands would stop completely copying and pasting art like this and adding their logo.
    I want to put out there that the show as a whole is by and large way better than the first 5 minutes of the first episode.

  • God

    fuck it I’d buy it.

    • GrumpDumpus

      BUY IT I’D FUCK IT

  • BobLoblaw

    Yeah Origin (or at least their official Facebook) recently promoted this and all I could think of was lawsuit. Love Origins first 3 releases but started to lose interest with Antithesis. Newer stuff is beyond bland with bad production.

    • Lone Biker…

      A lawyer thinking of a lawsuit? Now I’ve heard of everything!

      • Mosh Hoff

        They can definitely get sued. I read about it on Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog.

  • AndySynn

    It’s just SO fucking lazy… it’s the shirt equivalent of “Disaster Movie” and that sort of thing, it’s not clever, it’s not even particularly interesting, it’s just monotonous yelling of “HEY REMEMBER THIS THING? WE ALSO REMEMBER THIS THING!”

  • tigeraid

    I enjoy Rick and Morty. This is a dumb, lazy shirt.

    • Masters of Reality one.. THE DISRESPECT!!

      Acacia Strain have the worst lyrics. I barely know any songs but I can def spit out random tuffboi words and get somewhat close to actual lyrics:

      “I AM YOUR FUCKING END. I AM THE LAST THING YOU WILL EVER SEE.”

      • GrumpDumpus

        YOU WILL SUCCUMB TO MY SUPERIOR TRIUMPH OVER THEY WILL REGRET THE DAY MY VENGEANCE I AM DARKNESS INCARNATE I WAS BORN THIS WAY

    • A lot of deathcore and metalcore bands reeeeeeally like using other people’s intellectual property.

      • GrumpDumpus

        CROTCH MONSTER WOULD NEVER STOOP SO LOW

        • GoatForest

          Hehe.

    • Pierre Generic

      McMahon 3:16 says I just sued your ass for copyright infringement!

    • GrumpDumpus

      EVERY SINGLE SHIRT HERE IS THE WORST SHIRT OF ALL TIME HOLY FUCK

  • David Lee Hrothgar

    shoulda used mr poopybutthole instead

  • Never watched Rick and Morty. Would like it better if they used Lemongrab from Adventure Time instead.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6754702e5c357b37a82bab65705a23c2692eae54887d3c30e67f463890f07e28.gif

  • GoatForest

    Honestly, I like the shirt. Buuuut, I also really enjoy Rick and Morty. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/892dc8f66f20c7008ae03eeb308df5340d06cbce72a1642ab7da90a2a0ae378a.gif

  • GrungierNine0

    I was dumb enough to buy the first season on DVD. Completely disappointed with it. I saw somebody say it’s an “intelligent examination of existentialism and nihilism” and after watching it I feel like that person had 0 fucks as to what those words mean. It’s like a pretentious Family Guy, only a tiny *tiny* bit funnier.

    • gacharicmeatspin

      Back in my day we learned about nihilism from Fathers and Sons.

  • Hans

    Agree with all of the above, but also agree with some folks down here that the show gets better. The alcoholism doesn’t go away though.

    Also, trigonometry is my parent’s fetish. For a while, they were way too eager to help with my homework.

  • Akerskronks ov Steele

    I’m ok with the idea. Origin like to take the mickey out of things. I think in my opinion I’ve just seen so many goddamn rando R&M bootlegs in my feed that I’d probably initially dismiss it as another bootleg.

  • Corpsepile

    Time wasted indeed. U need a fucking life. Who cares what shirts they put out. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. You should try and do something useful for the world instead of being a useless rat bitching about something so insignificant when there’s a world of decay and shit happening all around us

    • Mosh Hoff

      You mean something useful like wasting precious time typing angry paragraphs on the internet?

      • GrumpDumpus

        HEY WAITAMINUTE

    • gacharicmeatspin

      u watch cartoons u get a life first

    • this blog posts lots of useful music recommendations! but also makes jokes. it’s kind of a win-win.

  • Porst

    How is the joke THAT difficult for people? The big malformed cartoon head kinda looks like the original album cover (also a big malformed head), and they’re making fun of that on a t-shirt. There isn’t more depth to it than parodying their own album art. It’s not some super layered inside joke you don’t get; it would be the same joke if they put any other reference to a big cosmic being’s face on it. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    • Maik Beninton™

      tbh you need a high IQ to understand this article

    • gacharicmeatspin

      See, that happens when the joke is shit, but you see some idiots who that thinks it’s funny (at least the one who made the joke in the first place), so you say: “Am I missing something?” No, there’s no extra depth to it, there’s nothing to get, but it’s not a compliment, it just means that joke is shit.

      JUST LIKE YOUR CARTOONS

  • Hashtown

    Read this until you said you don’t like Rick and Morty. No reason to keep on after that! The shirt is whatever, I would never buy it. But it shouldn’t be the image you stick with when you think of the album.