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

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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:38 (one year ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Øystein, Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:04 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

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

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

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

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

ha ha

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

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

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

treasure trove:

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

linee, Friday, 12 October 2018 23:39 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

From that link ^^, 2 Unlimited oozing sobriety:

http://i65.tinypic.com/2rqoh0x.jpg

... (Eazy), Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:24 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

... also suitable for the 'Band photos where one member refuses to play along' thread, somebody didn't get the memo about hands in pockets.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 22:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Photosensitivity etc aside, why oh why do people in bands STILL think sunglasses are cool?

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

...or not tucking in shirts.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(xp) Useful for hiding bags under the eyes, crow's feet etc, tbf

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

quite the polar opposite of old bastard couldn't gaf swag - old tryhard, self-conscious, po-faced not swag at all!

calzino, Thursday, 22 November 2018 16:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

At some point Martha Stewart untucked her shirt and never tucked it back in. I have noticed this phenomenon with many casual-dress celebrities since.

On the other hand shirts keep getting made with less and less fabric so it’s hard to keep them tucked in past a certain point of middle aged spread.

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Thursday, 22 November 2018 16:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tell that to this guy!:

https://i.imgur.com/V71g8Le.jpg

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That is one long shirt - I assume that's why he hasn't got his hands in pockets.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Judging by the creases running across the fabric, it may have been purchased en route to the photo shoot, unpackaged/unpinned, and donned... (Wrong size? Too late now.)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sunglasses guy needs a keyboard skinny tie if he really wants to look cool.

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I am the math teachers

― Øystein, Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:04 PM

Underrated post imho.

pomenitul, Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Danny McNamara's haircut worked quite a bit better at 27 than it does at 47

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tucked in shirts are annoying and make me feel more bulbous

Mama Weer All Tankee Now (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

If u fly on airplanes, you may have seen ads for these: https://www.untuckit.com/

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(I think their length looks weirdly abbreviated)

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah that's a solution to something that wasn't a problem really

Mama Weer All Tankee Now (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

See also the back cover of Karyobin. They look like a firm of solicitors. Yet they're way more radical than "you."

— Ferrante Spartacus (@marcellocarlin) November 23, 2018

feeling this Marcello tweet today.

calzino, Friday, 23 November 2018 10:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Judging by the creases running across the fabric, it may have been purchased en route to the photo shoot, unpackaged/unpinned, and donned... (Wrong size? Too late now.)

― my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Thursday, November 22, 2018 12:09 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The creases indicate that he's got his thumb hooked on his pocket from the OUTSIDE of his untucked shirt. This man plays by his own rules.

Evan, Friday, 23 November 2018 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I meant the horizontal chest creases; but you’re right, too — he’s thumbing the fabric into his pocket, very cool

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Friday, 23 November 2018 19:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So how do we promote this new album? Tell you what, why don't we take some moody b+w photos of us dressed in black? I bet no-one's done that before.

https://www.officialcharts.com/media/654699/suede-2018.jpg

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:14 (two days ago) Permalink


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