This past weekend, Lisa and I stopped at a nearby garage sale. These people had a ton of stuff, including one of those Coleman screened-in things– you know, the ones that look like a tent only it’s all screen. (It was a steal at $45, but we passed anyway.)
At one point, Lisa looked down and saw a dirty, cat-hair coated broken Project/One speaker grille with a bunch of buttons on it. “This looks like your generation right here,” she said.
She was right. There were about two dozen buttons pinned to the grille, mostly from bands from the early 1980s. The photo above shows about half of them.
I tossed the grille and now I’m in the middle of cleaning up the buttons, but here’s what’s on the buttons shown in the photo above:
- A Two-Tone guy playing a trombone
- John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Uh-Huh”
- “I ♥ California” and ‘I ♥ McDonald’s”
- An original “Loop” button from the Chicago classic rock station
- Billy Idol
- B-52s “Rock Lobster”
- a Rolling Stones “She’s So Cold” button
- Elvis
- Joe Jackson, from his Night and Day album
- Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (representing solid family values)
- Bow Wow Wow cassette logo
- Pretenders
- Talking Heads’ Remain in Light
- Mick Jagger
- David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane
- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes
- The Three Stooges
My thought was that maybe the original owner of these buttons worked at Bennigan’s and this was part of his/her “flair.”
Maybe I should put these up on eBay, or perhaps I should dig out my own collection and combine these with my Sugarcubes, XTC, and Stiff Records buttons.
Ah, those were the days.

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