I have always enjoyed watching bands that dress up. There are some people that will say that Punk is an attitude and it doesnt matter what you look like. I think thats just laziness. We are in the entertainment business!
What's your style, Mod suits or t-shirts and jeans, Cavemen or Spacemen.
Bands who look great get my vote everytime. Who are the best dressed and the worst dressed bands? Do you even give a shit?
I love it. <('*)/p>
I used to dress up a lot. Hell -- I made my own see-thru plastic mini-skirt and my GF fashioned a crushed black velvet / blood red satin Dracula cape with a 6" cowl, but that was years ago. These days? I'm a little "thicker," and have a lot less hair. Not a lot, but enough where I don't want to see me in a skirt. My current project hasn't played a live show to be honest. We just swap garageband files like a couple of luddites who just discovered the ON button. It's been super fun to just explore songwriting, but I miss the hell out of tearin' it up in front of a studio audience. So that is next for us, I think; the "live thing."
Personally I am angling' for tailored red and blue suits with top hats, and bright yellow ties.
Doug Dickerson said:
Our theme for "Northside Garage" is Garage - work shirts with names and hats. The upside is I never have to think about what to wear. Guess that's a little lazy too ;)
Yeah -- this will get me shot, but I am so over the heavily tatted look. And I have some tats. I mean -- do what you like, but in 2012, its not exactly a rebellion thing, is it?
Isn't rock and roll and especially garage/punk rock all about "posing?" Isn't it more about standing in front of the mirror with a tennis racket for a guitar and deciding to be a rock star as opposed to sitting at the end of your bed practicing scales? Wasn't that whole British invasion thing as much about the look as it was the sound? Isn't choosing not to wear stage gear a contrived "image?" It’s all been done. Image. Anti-image. I’ll take the image please. Trust me. In a noisy club with crappy sound, your music doesn’t do the talking for you like you think.
After all, do we do this to blend in or do we do this to stand out? Being tatted up with a Mohawk is every bit as mainstream now as Pat Boone was in 1959. My band Thee Mighty Shake Spears played the punk rock club the other night. All the tribes were present. All the countercultures represented. We walked in to the place in drainpipe trousers and Chelsea boots with coats and skinny ties and people were like what the…? We were every bit as confrontational dressed that way in that environment as the punks were in 1977 London. I’d rather walk in the room and have somebody say that dude is in the band as opposed to having them wonder whether or not I’m just there tuning the guitar for the actual band.
When I was younger, I was way more image conscious. As the dude above mentioned, when one gets older things change. Luckily I realized this in my mid thirties and I began to think that if I was going to continue doing music, I would have to have a different approach. So I started paying more attention to my musical abilities than my hair or boots. I've been involved with a few "uniform" bands. The Hexxers wore African Voodoo masks & we played matching Hallmark Sweptwing instruments. I could not see a thing out of the eye holes on stage & had to play blindly. The wooden masks would bouce around and smack me in the face if I moved at all! I sat in on bass with the Ghastly Ones for a few shows in the Pacific NW & wore their Top Hats, white shirt & vest uniform , but I felt weird. I look at the pictures from the show, and the image looks good on the other guys in the band, but I felt like a fish out of water. I've always been a non- conformist. (No Tattoos or piercings for example) And getting back to the growing older gracefully thing...Nothing looks worse than a middle aged dude trying to squeeze into pants that are way too thin & tight or trying to hide a receding hair line with a weird comb over. LOL. (I still have my hair at 55 btw I wear hats when my gray roots start showing- and let me warn you how fucked up my feet are now because of years of wearing Beatle Boots!) I'm not against image or getting dressed up, I'm just into individuality. It's the uniform thing that I don't care for. Unless you are lucky enough to have 5 guys with the exact same body type, someone in the band is not going to look good. I'm Italian, I have curly hair. Back in the day when I had long hair it was wild & bushy, we called them Guido-fro's (kinda like the MC5 & Dictators had). There was no way in hell I was gonna get that mop to resemble a Beatle haircut. Of course When I was in the Fuzztones Rudi tried everything to get me to conform to his idea of The Fuzztones image. (Basically he wants everyone in the entire world to look just like he does)...He suggested I iron my hair straight?? lol! I'm not kidding. Of course I didn't, but I hear he made one of the guys that replaced me in the band wear a wig! ...Luckily my new band has 3 girls & 2 guys, so we couldn't really dress the same even if we wanted to! And like I'm going to compete with 3 hot girls in my own band? Nah, I let my fingers do the talking!
yep...white tees, shades and swim trunksthe Get Wets ...always
Hey thats great, Hamburglers!
more crazy uniforms please (ulp I bought a Austrian military jacket complete with the Nazi style cap thinkin this would be cool for when onstage, haven't had the balls to do this as i don't wanna be lynched)
I will never have a matching outfit setup as great as the Hamburglars and I am ridiculously jealous right now, that rules!
That reminds me of when I saw the "Misfits" last year I can't remember the names of the current lineup but one of the guys would it have been Danzig? His hairline has receeded so much that the devil lock is now impossible so he grew a ponytail and dies it black, then just before the show tapes it to his head and puts a cap over the tape.
John Carlucci said:
Nothing looks worse than a middle aged dude trying to squeeze into pants that are way too thin & tight or trying to hide a receding hair line with a weird comb over. LOL. (I still have my hair at 55 btw I wear hats when my gray roots start showing- and let me warn you how fucked up my feet are now because of years of wearing Beatle Boots!)
oh, come on.....BROWN HAIR? hello, fashion nazi!!!! also, wtf is wrong with vox guitars???
Uncool: paisley, ruffled shirts, bell bottoms, wallet chains, neckerchiefs, mailman, velvet, guns, matching suits, hippie, tambourines, brown hair, rockabilly, turtle necks, goatees, space suits, brown vests, wrestling masks, CBGB t-shirts, polka dots, cocktails, Beatle boots, Beatle hair, scarfs, spy theme, fat guys, Vox guitars, 1980s version of the 1960s
Wait, fanny packs are still cool, though, right? <phew>