Piano Keyboard Tie

“I invented the piano key necktie! I invented it! What have you done, Derek? Nothing!” – Mugatu (Will Ferrell), Zoolander

Try as they might, our crack staff of researchers couldn’t pinpoint the exact origins of the piano keyboard tie (despite what Mugatu would have you believe). But we DO know it was there in our favorite decade, and it was amazing.

In the early years of the 80s skinny ties were all the rage, and then some designer (or music nerd), somewhere along the line must have thought to himself (or herself), “Just a simple solid-color tie just isn’t cutting it. We need something different…something that really makes a statement! Maybe a tie that looks like a guitar neck? No… A drum kit? No… Wait! A PIANO KEYBOARD!”

…which must have immediately prompted a reply something along the lines of, “Um, what?”, but the music nerd won out, and before long, piano keyboards were dangling from the necks of all the cool kids.

And by ‘cool kids’, we mean us… because we were there, and we did it. And, yes, people came up to us and played “Heart and Soul” and “Axel F” on our chest. (And, sure, we have no doubt there were a few snickers and some finger-pointing, but we’re choosing to remember them.)

While we couldn’t find video proof of any musicians sporting one of these 80s-tastic treasures (link us a clip if you know of one!), who can possibly forget The Hoff sporting his keyboard scarf atop the Berlin Wall in 1989? Close enough, right?

So whether we have Mugatu or some anonymous 80s fashionista to thank, we definitely want to show our appreciation for the keyboard tie. It now survives only as a cliched accessory in the “80s dude” Halloween costume, but once upon a time it was a real thing…and it could only have come from the 80s.

We ♥ the piano keyboard tie.


~ by weheart80s on May 1, 2017.

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