We may be biased, but Klobbermeister is our favorite masked band.
Not a masked band as such , but , I saw Blue Oyster Cult ,once , in 1979. During the inevitable Drum solo on "Godzilla" ,the strobe lights kick in , and suddenly , Alan Lanier is wearing a gigantic , regulation , licensed by Toho studios ,Godzilla mask ! Under the strobe , you'd see his own face return , then go back to the mask , as if by magic , while playing the drums. It was an effective illusion , to say the least.....Flash forward about 25 years later , and I'm seeing Brain Surgeons NYC , featuring Lanier and Ross The Boss (I was the only person there wearing a Dictators T-shirt. Everybody else wanted to talk about Manowar !). This was , of course , a small venue , so when THEY did "Godzilla " , Lanier simply grabbed the mask from behind his kit , put it on , did his solo , took the mask off again , and finished the song. No strobe lights , no suspension of disbelief. It was hilarious!
My favorites right now: The Scumbugs!
Great thread, I agree with you Wolfboy Slim, masks add another great dimension to a live show...I see Kiss mentioned, but I think we should draw the line between makeup (especially glam) and masks.
I too, really like, The Mummies and the bandage gimmick cracks me up.
The Mexican wrestling masks worn by, Los Staitjackets and the Dwarves, look brilliant. It must be murder to play in that getup in summer.
The Kings of masked shows around here (Oz) would be T.I.S.M. whose identities have never been revealed behind an unbroken line of diverse and bizarre masks.
However, I'm rather partial to 'Zorro' eye masks, which I think look excellent when worn by 6ts trash bands or Japanese Garage acts like the 5,6,7,8's and the Stompin' RiffRaffs. I think they would be my favourites, (though they're not always masked).
Obviously The Mummies!! but I have a question, Man Or Astro-Man? counts?
Deadbolt, Los Straightjackets, Knuckle Dragger, and there used to be a band here in Phoenix in the early 90's called Mid Evil Knevils that wore Evil Knevil out fits. Their line was "we were these helmets for your protection"
The Bucky Rage... but then I'm a bit biased. Was a massive fan before I stepped in on bass though.
Torpedo Monkeys, Dead Elvis, the METALUNA IV
The Spits !
does Angus Young count also? ;-)
Nobody mentioned The Astronauts yet. So...
Good call on Atomic Suplex! We played with them earlier in the year and they damn near brought the pub crumbing to it's foundations. Amazing band.
Gotta love Clinic as well, especially the first few records. They've gone a wee bit softer in their old age, but are still an amazing band.