He ain’t heavy, he’s tie brother

Yep, more rock songs are acting as muse for my subjects. You can’t fight a streak, I guess.

Before I get to the reason I went looking for a tietle with ‘brother’ in it, I need to point out an interesting fashion segué that I discovered while taking an Adult-ADD-inspired surf around YouTube. In this case, interesting means hilariously embarrassing.

First, check out The Hollies’ video of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” It’s a good ol’, late-60s anthem, and lead singer Allan Clarke looks resplendent in his mod tuxedo and black tie. I especially love the pocket squares on them all that are exploding out of their pockets. Now, let’s go to (one of my favorite songs of all time, although I may demand a recount after seeing this video) “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” from 1972. The mod tux has been left at the cleaners for 3 years now, and the permed Mr. Clarke has tied his pocket square around his neck. The satin jacket WITH NO SHIRT underneath just slays me. Slays me dead with tears of laughter frozen on my face. So many fashion things have come back from that era—bell-bottoms and big hair—but please, God please don’t bring back the shirtless jacket look. I’m sure many of you out there agree with this fashion plea.

Anyway, today is my brother Grant’s birthday. He ain’t heavy, he’s just 39 (me minus 3), so next year should be a fun one, maybe even with a party. Hopefully I’ll get an invitation (inside joke).

My Tie du Jour has absolutely nothing to do with Grant, though. It’s a Colker Special, which signifies that it is one of the dozen or so ties loaned to me by my friend David Colker. The brand is Format, which I’ve never heard of, but it’s a long, cool black tie with some funky stripes in a V-pattern.

I wasn’t able to capture any real live Guys With Ties on this day, but I was able to pluck a shot of the incoming and outgoing managers at Dunder Mifflin. Michael Scott and DeAngelo Vickers are here, showing off their fashion sense. Diggin’ that tie clip on Vickers/Ferrell.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Birthday, Grant…Brooke


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