Long live the hair bands!

July 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm 3 comments

So the other day I was watching VH1 Classic (surprise, surprise) and saw an old video of a Motley Crew song. I can’t say that I was alive at the peak of the hair band era, but I do appreciate the frizzy rocker hairdo…well, and the music that went with it. As I started to feel a little glum about the end of the hair bands the realization hit me that they still exist! So I think it’s high time we recognize a few of the modern talented and hairy musicians.

1. Hipster Hair: Nobody screams hipster hair quite like the Kings of Leon. Although Caleb Followill has a newly manicured quaff, he’s still working a shaggy doo. And don’t forget about brother and drummer Nathan Followill who has a lovely layered look going on. Speaking of layers, I’d like to know who cuts this band’s hair because they honestly all have very well-layered hair. Underneath these well-maintained hairdo’s lies a mind of musical genius. Their music hearkens back to the original hair band days with a blend of metal, rock and alternative tunes. Check out those bangs! Yowsa

Check out those bangs! YOWsa

2. Folksy Hair: Fleet Foxes anyone? You have to love the “I haven’t washed my hair in a week” and beard combo. Lead singer Robin Pecknold practically screams Seattle music scene with his grungy, unshaven look. The group also has a talent for making alternative/folk music more mainstream. Kenny Loggins would be proud.

3. Greek Gods Hair: I’ll give you a hint-he plays the piano, usually sports a furry mustache and is reminisent of a dark-haired Fabio. And like Fabio, he seems to be lacking a last name. Guess who…Yanni! So I had some hesitations about fitting him into this list because I doubt he sat at the same lunch table with the future rockers in high school. But you have to hand it to him for the flowing mane of Grecian glory and his knack for giving new age music some recognition and making soccer moms swoon.

4. Still Kickin Hair: Robert Plant wins this one. Years after Led Zeppelin called it quits, Plant has maintained virtually the same head of hair he had in his heyday. After careful analysis, it seems a little less frizzy than back in the good ol’ days and I’d like to ask him if he uses a particular curl cream because I’m a little jealous of his ringlets. I see no real need to delve into the awesomeness that is Plant’s musical talent-I think we all know just how talented he was and still is.

5. Livin on a Prayer Hair: So Jon Bon Jovi clipped his long blonde locks, but it looks like everyone else, save Tico Torres, maintained some level of long rocker hair. You have to appreciate the band’s ability to survive this long and still be a household name. Thanks Bon Jovi for the pleathora of power ballads and here’s to hoping someday Jon will let his hair grow long again.

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  • 1. Corey  |  July 17, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Haha, this is great! I would only add what I call emo hair, which is similar to hipster hair but shorter and more orderly with the angled bangs swooping across the forehead. It usually comes complete with a zip-up hoodie, tight jeans, a lip ring and the complete inability to say/sing anything without sounding like a whiny little girl. Oh, and they have to reach up and swoop it back every now and then while flipping their hair.

    P.S. I love the Fleet Foxes.

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  • 2. kelseykusterer  |  July 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I didn’t think of Emo Hair-good call! Kings of Leon may be teetering on emo, but they’re still a favorite 🙂

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  • 3. Rocker hair…part deux! « Just Thinkin'  |  July 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    […] 25, 2010 I know you have all been getting jittery wondering when I would revisit awesome rocker hair-do’s. So here’s part duex (pardon the pun)…I hope you’re sitting […]

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