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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

drash, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:56 (five years ago) link

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

gene loves jezebel

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:07 (five years ago) link

sorry, not a promo photo

sleeve, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:11 (five years ago) link

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

everything, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:34 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:05 (five years ago) link

Rancid

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:05 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:09 (five years ago) link

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

scott seward, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:50 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

Ian Astbury much improved without the long hair imo

a goth Will Ferrell

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:06 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

Michael "007" Bolton

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:08 (five years ago) link

urgh God..

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

piscesx, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:18 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

everything, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:30 (five years ago) link

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

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:31 (five years ago) link

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

Wang Chung

soref, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:42 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

haha

drash, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:54 (five years ago) link

lollll

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

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

Papa Roach

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:16 (five years ago) link

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

pplains, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:26 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

Level 42

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:11 (five years ago) link

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

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:12 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

somewhat dated but

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

Brad C., Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:47 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 July 2015 02:09 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 08:39 (five years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/jI4o4pMm.jpg

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 08:43 (five years ago) link

Pretty sure they picked two guys from each band, took the photo on the right, gave haircuts to the longhairs, and then photographed the same four dudes for the one on the left

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:30 (one year ago) link

Rusty McGonigle and the Sepia Dads

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:37 (one year ago) link

depressing yet great thread

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:37 (one year ago) link

It could be argued that when you crop the group photo so you're only seeing the models from the shoulder up, you're not gonna get the maximum value from your western wear interstate billboard.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:44 (one year ago) link

this is such an all time great thread title

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:09 (one year ago) link

That Stone Temple Pilots post linked above should be introduced as Exhibit A in the trial of Stone Temple Pilots v. Guided by Voices.

We're jumping on the road with @Nickelback this summer! (PBKR), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

in that photo i have no idea which band is STP and which is Nickelback

Me neither. Going from the photos if I had to guess I would go Nickelback on the right. But the fact those photos look slightly smaller makes me think that's more likely STP

groovypanda, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:47 (one year ago) link

I like how Nickelback’s portrait also looks ready for a Wall Street Journal story. And how you know the band or their manager made the designer resize STP’s portrait 20% smaller.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 23 January 2020 03:23 (one year ago) link

I feel bad that I actually know what Chad Kroeger looks like...and also how to correctly spell his name.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:43 (one year ago) link

I clicked on the STP tweet, the replies are pretty funny — it’s a steady stream of fans complaining about the Nickelback pairing (“please kick your manager in the balls”), and a sprinkling of “Come to Brazil!” tweets.

dad genes (morrisp), Thursday, 23 January 2020 05:16 (one year ago) link

At last, the state fair-ening of the '90s alternaboom has begun in earnest. In a parallel universe, a bloated Nirvana is somewhere in rural Kansas waiting backstage for Matchbox 20 to finish their opening set.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:10 (one year ago) link

I heard a commercial AM station segue from Pink Floyd's "On the Run" into Pearl Jam's "Evenflow" the other day.

I don't know why I'm posting that to this thread, but it somehow made sense to do so.

pplains, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:18 (one year ago) link

Yeah, one gets tired of noticing "___ is on the OLDIES station now?!?!?!?"

Eventually you give up and just accept that the Monkees and Nirvana are equally oldie

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:42 (one year ago) link

Prince and KC and the Sunshine Band back to back

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:49 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Little River Band, badasses:

https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/02/64/46/17516935/3/920x920.jpg

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:12 (five months ago) link

NB that only one of those people was in Little River Band in the 1980s, and for the last 22 years it has contained no original or success-era or Australian members

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:36 (five months ago) link

Hey, take it easy on them.

mouts and shurmurs (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:42 (five months ago) link

That's hilarious. At least Foghat still have their drummer.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:43 (five months ago) link

lol

Chris Marion – keyboards, vocals (2004–present)
Rich Herring – guitar, vocals (2006–present)
Ryan Ricks – drums, vocals (2012–present)
Colin Whinnery – guitar, vocals (2018–present)

the other guy was a hired bassist from 1980-96, who was rehired as lead singer when a similarly longtime hired guitarist got the URL transferred to his ownership from the founding guitarist in the year 2000; he then sued the original members for using "the voices of the Little River Band" on their posters in Australia.

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:47 (five months ago) link

So much drama in the LRB...

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 22:52 (five months ago) link

hee

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Thursday, 12 November 2020 00:09 (five months ago) link

those shoulder pads DO NOT convey sobriety and wisdom

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Monday, 23 November 2020 17:12 (five months ago) link

It does confirm that there's a men's room nearby.

pplains, Monday, 23 November 2020 18:08 (five months ago) link

Jesus, what were the photos they rejected like?

Naughty Boys Hoo! (Tom D.), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:12 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Kingdom Come ^^^^

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 15:57 (three weeks ago) link

It’s gotta be tough to be a 55 year old rock and roll guy. pic.twitter.com/Dj61aSLwfr

— 🔪🔪bЯyan🔪🔪 (Moderna gang) (@murderxbryan) April 15, 2021

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Friday, 16 April 2021 03:20 (three weeks ago) link

this apparently in earnest response broke my brain

I think only Les Claypool has figured out how to be a 55 year old rock and roll guy without look like a tool. It probably helps if looking weird was always part of your thing. pic.twitter.com/tQFrjtILz4

— All Cops Are Mega Doo-doo (@Pro_Savage) April 15, 2021

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 16 April 2021 03:28 (three weeks ago) link

Les just looks like he put together his own eccentric look, while the dudes above look like they shop at the rock store or something. It's the off-the-shelf quality of all their gear that makes it look so dorky.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Friday, 16 April 2021 03:38 (three weeks ago) link

les also looks like a tool though
but like steampunk or something

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 16 April 2021 03:40 (three weeks ago) link

there's something goofy about it that is endearing to me

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Friday, 16 April 2021 03:53 (three weeks ago) link

lonely techno baldie, thinking baout things

Neil S, Friday, 16 April 2021 09:17 (three weeks ago) link

Being a lonely techno baldie is not age dependent tbf.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Friday, 16 April 2021 10:15 (three weeks ago) link

It's hard to buy into this image of Sven Väth as a deep thinking elder statesman after Von Südenfed depicted him as a fearful bed-wetter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZy_5-OvvLg

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Friday, 16 April 2021 10:29 (three weeks ago) link

hah I'd forgotten about that, it's a great track

Neil S, Friday, 16 April 2021 10:36 (three weeks ago) link

sad lol at Offspring, perfect fit for this thread.

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Friday, 16 April 2021 11:02 (three weeks ago) link

(xp re SV)

Or if you've ever seen him. Great example for the thread.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 16 April 2021 11:08 (three weeks ago) link

It looks like a watch ad.

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:28 (three weeks ago) link

all time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJIgF-9jl9M

brimstead, Friday, 16 April 2021 14:33 (three weeks ago) link

gude laune!!

brimstead, Friday, 16 April 2021 14:34 (three weeks ago) link

Cruello di Vil there on the right in the Offspring! If your bosses make you dress like that, you might as well start waiting tables at a theme restaurant.

Citole Country (bendy), Friday, 16 April 2021 18:34 (three weeks ago) link

uh show some respect, don't give silly names to respectable elders like *checks notes* Noodles.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 16 April 2021 21:17 (three weeks ago) link

on a similar note:

cannot get over how hard the Offspring are aging into MST3K villains pic.twitter.com/Iy74y2Zqe7

— quote tweet of 3rd reply screenshot (@bshoup) April 16, 2021

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Friday, 16 April 2021 23:52 (three weeks ago) link

lol

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 17 April 2021 01:23 (three weeks ago) link

Foreigner: not sober!

Mexico City, let’s get ready to rock!
Tickets available now at https://t.co/XxQ2OfrGXj pic.twitter.com/QTTYNNImvm

— Foreigner (@ForeignerMusic) February 21, 2020

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Monday, 19 April 2021 22:35 (three weeks ago) link

There’s seven people in Foreigner? And at least one of them doesn’t trust the other six not to steal his wallet.

Citole Country (bendy), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 11:10 (two weeks ago) link

steps have aged better than s club 7

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 12:11 (two weeks ago) link


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