a promo photo thread for '80s/'90s bands oozing sobriety and wisdom in the present day

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dark clothes! short hair! serious faces! darker/grittier/rebootier!

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:30 (three years ago) Permalink

def leppard shaking off their hair-band past:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/08/def-leppard-publicity-2012-l.jpg

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

load-era metallica set the standard for this when they all cut their hair and started dressing like this right

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NALTARREVxQ/USZmlbCguGI/AAAAAAAAdqs/dTgqa6g7o2w/s1600/Metallica-Load-Trasera.jpg

marcos, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:36 (three years ago) Permalink

that load photo is a combo of dark/gritty meets swingers bros; it's definitely of its era.

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:39 (three years ago) Permalink

post reunion Wonder Stuff (not sure how many of these guys were in the original line up, tho)

http://www.addictmusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/The-Wonder-Stuff.jpeg http://images.artistdirect.com/Images/artd/amg/music/bio/511343_the-wonder-stuff_200x200.jpg

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:46 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.100xr.com/artists/C/Cult/The.Cult.jpg
the cult (2007)

drash, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:56 (three years ago) Permalink

http://redeglobo.globo.com/platb/files/2432/2012/03/Gene-loves-Jezebel_site.jpg

gene loves jezebel

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:07 (three years ago) Permalink

sorry, not a promo photo

sleeve, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:11 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.metropolis-records.com/images/artists/206.jpg
The Rezillos

everything, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

That's a good one, all the dayglo fun sucked right out of them.

Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:45 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/Oj3LcMO.jpg

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Rancid

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:05 (three years ago) Permalink

It dawns on me I have accidentally based my adult look on "Load" era Lars and/or Kirk. Whoops.

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Also that Rancid photo is legit darker/grittier, maybe too dark

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

i thought that rancid guy was the clown from prodigy for a second there...

scott seward, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

tbh most of these people actually do look better post-makeover. Rik Savage is almost handsome in that Def Lep photo, and, Kirk's conspicuous labret piercing aside, that second Metallica photo could be almost any band on Hydra Head or something

Also, Gary Numan looks super cool and Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

Wimmels, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

gene loves jezebel on the other hand have that distinct *sigh - yeah we're still a thing apparently* vibe.

scott seward, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

a goth Will Ferrell

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Also, Gary Numan looks super cool and Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

― Wimmels, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:00 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hmm

nose, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:07 (three years ago) Permalink

http://2014.campbestival.net/media/Pop_Will_Eat_Itself_pwei1396359237.jpg

Pop Will Eat Itself (still some long hair, but they've got the ~seriousface~ thing down)

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:28 (three years ago) Permalink

http://images.complex.com/complex/image/upload/t_article_image/q7olswqgrrxx5nslclr7.jpg

Michael "007" Bolton

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:08 (three years ago) Permalink

urgh God..

https://poplifer.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/suede.jpg

piscesx, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:18 (three years ago) Permalink

got a tweet from @Liz4Leader the other day telling me that Dave Rowntree is backing Liz Kendall for Labour Party leader xp

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh come on - the PSBs always essentially looked like that.

everything, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:30 (three years ago) Permalink

oozing sobriety and wisdom in the present day - possible Liz4Leader campaign slogan?

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:31 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.liketotally80s.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/wang-chung-2012.jpg

Wang Chung

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I like when these guys relapse. The Cult in 2012:

http://www.powerlinemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/the_cult_2012.jpg

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:47 (three years ago) Permalink

haha

drash, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:54 (three years ago) Permalink

lollll

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:59 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/dY2Geaql.jpg

Papa Roach

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:16 (three years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/agE3VqQ.jpg

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:26 (three years ago) Permalink

I recently expressed admiration in another thread for this Culture Club pic in which they avoid this trap by looking old yet comfortable and alive:

http://imgick.lehighvalleylive.com/home/lvlive-media/width620/img/musikfest/photo/17345234-mmmain.jpg

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:36 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.ticketline.co.uk/images/artist/level-42/level-42.jpg

Level 42

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:11 (three years ago) Permalink

(Anton Corbijn's photos of rockers aging with dignity has a big influence on this whole style.)

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:12 (three years ago) Permalink

That Level 42 photo should be captioned "Don't worry - my sister's kid plays bass; we'll teach him the songs in a day."

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:32 (three years ago) Permalink

somewhat dated but

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/artists/r-e-m.jpg

Brad C., Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

that's not a huge change for r.e.m. though! aside from stipe's hair, har har.

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 01:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Suede starting to creep into Spitting Image territory like good Brit rockers should.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 July 2015 02:09 (three years ago) Permalink

I get that this guy was always serious-faced, dark and gritty, but still I think this belongs here:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/quietus_production/images/articles/10654/michael_gira_1352805705_crop_550x366.jpg

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 08:36 (three years ago) Permalink

woah, okay, maybe not...

http://www.level42.com/wp-content/uploads/level42-bbc2.jpg

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:58 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't think i've ever listened to a level 42 album. got so bored of that one video they would play on mtv.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink

they had a grand total of two hits in the u.s., right?

maybe they had a later one that i'm not aware of.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Big Chair II

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:58 (one year ago) Permalink

"Yes. It is funny how time flies."

pplains, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:19 (one year ago) Permalink

TFF have aged well

Still trying to wrap my head around the red shirt the Level 42 dude is wearing in the pic above

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 2 March 2017 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

those are some wrinkly shirts

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 3 March 2017 01:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't tears for fears always ooze sobriety and wisdom?

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 3 March 2017 04:57 (one year ago) Permalink

pearl jam looking like a bunch of gun runners from an episode of 24

https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/screen-shot-2016-01-19-at-11-19-16-am.png?w=807

nomar, Friday, 3 March 2017 05:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Tears for Fears were always pretty dour, though it looks like Roland succumbed to the 80s "wearing too many belts at once" craze for a time

http://bettylou.zzruss.com/tearsforfearscenter1.jpg

soref, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Hoo boy, I don't think I've ever noticed this before.

http://i.imgur.com/2iFB0kz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/457VNqQ.jpg

pplains, Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Wwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll, yyyyyyyyeaheaheaheah

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 4 March 2017 01:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Son, she said, have I got a little story for you
What you thought was your daddy was nothin' but a...

pplains, Saturday, 4 March 2017 04:25 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

... REO Speedwagon, not the Paul O'Grady band, in case of confusion.

Wewlay Bewlay (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:27 (one year ago) Permalink

the backlighting is doing no favours to the guy on the right there, holy shit

yer man in the middle is a shoo-in for the 'men who look like old lesbians' thread

here's how **takes sip of duck urine** economics works (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Exactly.

Wewlay Bewlay (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:30 (one year ago) Permalink

claudia winkleman's gonna need to get her hair back from the fella on the left there before she films this week's episode of strictly

here's how **takes sip of duck urine** economics works (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:33 (one year ago) Permalink

You mean Dee Dee Ramone's uncle? To be fair to them, they were never a band of lookers in their prime, they probably look better now.

Wewlay Bewlay (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:36 (one year ago) Permalink

The REO photo is such a beautiful and pure expression of generations working together, Boomers dressed by a Gen X stylist who doesn't realize it's not 2004, back when the stylist last had a good paying gig overseeing a bunch of Millennial acts. How many have worn those chains and skull rings!?

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

yer man in the middle is a shoo-in for the 'men who look like old lesbians' thread

You mean Kevin Cookin'?

https://i.imgur.com/9lEkZER.jpg

pplains, Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

echo and the blurrymen

here's how **takes sip of duck urine** economics works (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 15 September 2017 10:14 (one year ago) Permalink

vg

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Friday, 15 September 2017 18:22 (one year ago) Permalink

"look at the camera Mart.. "
"no"

http://diffuser.fm/files/2017/02/dm_tour_dates_announce.jpg

piscesx, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

better with shades these guys

http://www.billboard.com/files/media/depeche-mode-press-photo-cr-Anton-Corbijn-2017-billboard-1548.jpg

piscesx, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

lol, echo and the blurrymen is at the level of the Stillwater t-shirt in Almost Famous

Doctor Casino, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

a goth Will Ferrell

― Οὖτις, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:06 PM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha we were watching some doors footage a few weeks ago and a friend pointed out that jimbo resembles ferrell a little bit too

marcos, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:12 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Yeah, the world doesn't need yet another Full House reboot.

pplains, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

Why is there a teen in the Eagles? Is he one of Glenn Fry's love children?

Moodles, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

No, that's Timothy B. Schmit. Been with the band since '77.

pplains, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ha, I think that literally is Glenn Frey's son.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://loudwire.com/files/2016/04/Ihsahn1.jpg
I am the math teachers

Øystein, Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Why is there a teen in the Eagles? Is he one of Glenn Fry's love children?

― Moodles, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:30 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and the prize for grossest headline goes to

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/eagles-deacon-frey-family-blood/

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

aww abba look great imo, good model of how to age gracefully

'cause there's always been an it i can't truss (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/Zo0JqGi.jpg

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Monday, 2 July 2018 10:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Ugh, I said it upthread but bands are so stupid.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Monday, 2 July 2018 10:54 (three months ago) Permalink

The The never oozed gaiety and playfulness in the old days either tbf

(actually I don't know if I've ever seen a promo photo of any live lineup before!)

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Monday, 2 July 2018 16:06 (three months ago) Permalink

ha ha

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Monday, 2 July 2018 21:58 (three months ago) Permalink

http://diffuser.fm/files/2017/02/dm_tour_dates_announce.jpg

saw ESPN the other night, they had Dave Gahan on!

l-r

Steve Nicol, Dave Gahan, Steve Mcnanaman

anvil, Monday, 2 July 2018 22:06 (three months ago) Permalink

http://diffuser.fm/files/2017/02/dm_tour_dates_announce.jpg

anvil, Monday, 2 July 2018 22:07 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

One guy's having fun. The rest...

Spin Doctors to perform at CRAFT: Beer, Spirits & Food Festival at @BethelWoods, Oct. 13! Read more:https://t.co/NuhrwncMKZ pic.twitter.com/6Lqt5G7xme

— Happenings Magazine (@HappeningsMag) October 9, 2018

Pesto Mindset (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

treasure trove:

https://www.ambientlightblog.com/so-pop-festival-to-hit-new-zealand-australia/

linee, Friday, 12 October 2018 23:39 (five days ago) Permalink

I’d be very disappointed if Eiffel 65 and Blue didn’t use this opportunity to get on stage together for a joint performance of Blue.

Siegbran, Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:22 (four days ago) Permalink


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