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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

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

sorry, not a promo photo

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

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

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

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

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

Rancid

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

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

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

Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

a goth Will Ferrell

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

urgh God..

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

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

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

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

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

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

haha

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

lollll

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

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

Papa Roach

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

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

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

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

Level 42

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

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

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

wow

pplains, Sunday, 5 July 2015 04:30 (two years ago) Permalink

that photo retouching is really creepy

A Smedley Adoption (get bent), Sunday, 5 July 2015 06:27 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
eight months pass...

There must be a whole new set of these for 2016 summer tours.

http://media1.fdncms.com/sacurrent/imager/u/original/2521348/cultureclubhero.jpg

King Nagl (Eazy), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 15:57 (one year ago) Permalink

why do old guys like black leather so much

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm not totally sold on Boy George's wisdom and sobriety in that pic.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

"Please count from five to one, Mr. George."

King Nagl (Eazy), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:05 (one year ago) Permalink

wait, someone askes for a Penetration reunion?

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

also Culture Club with original line-up would be so much fun! even if they do look so serious. they all look very good by the way. way better than i do and i'm younger than those guys.

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:18 (one year ago) Permalink

(the top photo seems to be 2013 and the bottom from 2016, so maybe they've relapsed)

soref, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:20 (one year ago) Permalink

It's like they showed up to state fairs and street feats in 2013'in suits, watching everyone in shorts and flip-fops, and said fuck it.

King Nagl (Eazy), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/kndqr4m.jpg

From 2012. They've since hit closing time again.

pplains, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I would totes see a Penetration reunion!

Dan is a ‪#‎VegetablePuppet‬, he is NOT REAL. ‪#‎flatearth (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

level 42 were always kinda dour though, weren't they?

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

woah, okay, maybe not...

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

scott seward, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 16:58 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Big Chair II

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

"Yes. It is funny how time flies."

pplains, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:19 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

those are some wrinkly shirts

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 3 March 2017 01:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

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

Wwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll, yyyyyyyyeaheaheaheah

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

six months pass...

http://www.npacvw.org/assets/img/REO-10-83f39016e4.jpg

Wewlay Bewlay (Tom D.), Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:25 (two months ago) Permalink

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

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

Exactly.

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

echo and the blurrymen

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

vg

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

http://cdn3-www.musicfeeds.com.au/assets/uploads/cf2bf5e939e1483928a1813b8a271fe7.jpg

Silverchair

nomar, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:02 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink


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