Mickey Mouse x Joy Division t-shirt out now

Shock and outrage as iconic post-punk album cover is appropriated, with somewhat wonderful panache, by Disney.


Words by: Anthony Walker

Disney have a new t-shirt stocked in their shops that makes a direct reference to the famous pulse wave graph design for the sleeve of Joy Division’s debut LP ‘Unknown Pleasures’. An odd explanation is provided in the product description -“Mickey’s image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That’s appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!” – but some are not happy with the incongruous pairing of a cartoon mouse and the dark, brooding Manchester band.

Nothing yet from Disney, graphic designer Peter Saville or any of the former Joy Division band members but it is an interesting one and there are questions as to why and how the union came about. It’s certainly difficult to see how the two are linked but then again Saville took the design from an encyclopedia and the album art has been ubiquitous on t-shirts, trainers and the bodies of indie-rock fans for some time now.

If you were interested, the t-shirt is available from Disney’s official American store but is, unfortunately, already sold out.

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