posted on March 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

barbarian quartet

the best thing about rock music is the hair

i grew up in an era of short back n sides

then the beatles rebooted mens interest in hair-dos

and rocknrollers were at the forefront of the revolution

some notable cases :

the beatles. they had every style first then moved on…..

mick jagger . what a wonderful flouncy mop of boyish hair

i love the way it jiggles in time to the music circa 1969

keith . at its best his haircut was one of the holy grails of rock dos

(tho george harrison can be seen with a proto keith circa revolver)

keiths do said fuck you to the man

it said i take drugs and lots of em

it said i play cool fuckin’ guitar….etc etc

it was a sad day for rock when keiths hair started to change….

ronnie wood . another version of keiths only more shiny black n resilient

woody still has a hair do would be the envy of most 18 year olds

rod stewart . yet another variation blonde and more rooster-like

still going strong but changed to a more “moderne” sweep

ian maclagan . yet another cool variation of above cool do.

and read his excellent book too! its the best rocknroll autobio bar dylans

now lets see

oh yes marc bolan who made curly hair cool…which was quite something..

and mickey finn his offsider in T Rex who had lovely long tresses

steve tyler n joe perry. always got something interesting happening

freddy mercury . loved his do until biker phase.

like prince valiant or something..or a page boy gone wrong.

dylan…wow hes had some amazing dos my fave is blonde on blonde

neil young circa his first couple of records ..jet black n straight

he had all the gravitas of an indian chief like geronimo or somebody

led zepplin . all had silly dos round song remains the same.

ok pageys aint too bad i guess but john paul looks like an illfitting wig

plantys mane then wild  only emphasises his debauched features now

bruce springsteen. had a great pseudo dylan do circa darkness on the edge

johnny n edgar winter. amazing snowy white long straight hair

eric carmen. how did he keep that lot aloft?

david bowie. the king of hairdos. i love every variation of ziggy and a lad insane

i really love diamond dogs

not so mad on young americans do

but love golden years hair

still has an amazing head o hair n some recent cool dos too

nick cave. too much black dye i reckon……

brett anderson . thought he had some cool dos

morrissey. never liked his look much myself

brian jones. sometimes his blonde prince val looked amazing

other times it looked amazingly kinda silly..

hendrix. wow! a real statement ! a statement of wild intent!

emily lou harris. looking very good still with steely grey hair

bono. never got it right tho larry looks good in early days

izzy stradlin. modern version of the keith but kinda cool

paul simenon. marvellous blonde punk do

ditto billy idol and neal x from ss sputnix

johnny rotten had a great do at the beginning too

mick jones too with his variation on the keith

peter gabriel . inverse mohawk circa foxtrot was the bees knees

simon kirke from free. loved his floppy blond do in early days

ditto the blonde one in the byrds who looked like brian jones

heavy metal . i hate the kinda hair do. it makes ya look like your auntie

ian curtis . it looked good , didnt it….?

patti smith. love her hair on first album cover . a brilliant do!

the rest of the psg always had good dos too

deniz tek. had a good do most of the time too

liam gallagher. a cross between rod n ronnie n keef (i guess)

the sweet. auntie hair dos again

dreadlocks. an impressive statement. the hair resembles ganja …!


write n tell me whose hair has inspired you

follicle by follicle


102 Responses to “march hair”

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    Anonymous | 10 March 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    debbie harry bryan ferry jane birkin jim morrison thurston moore MWP alison goldfrapp j mascis
    phil spector (during a certain court appearance)
    david johannson johnny thunders sinead o’connor
    elvis to name a few good locks….

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    Anonymous | 10 March 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been bad haircuts (Jim Morrison)

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    colette | 10 March 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I really like Ian Astbury but read something recently where he said something about the meaning of life or art or something not being linked to a haircut and I thought well not everyone can be as blessed as you, mate. Though of course I still like his music and his hair’s still not bad… of course the Church always had great hair but that’s a fringe benefit ha ha. Loved Annie Lennox’s hair in the 80s tried to emulate the style…but I really wish I could have Stevie Nicks’ locks or Kate Bush’s lion hearted style. But my mind returns to the guys… Bryan Ferry’s looked cool, maybe even suave and sophisticated when I was an ingenue… oh where does this stop? To be honest, I keep seeing a picture called ‘Fall in Love’.

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 6:48 am #

      astbury is a real dick. sorry. i did a tour of italy with him in the 80s and he was a turkey beyond all turkey-ishness
      duffy however was cool

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    M | 10 March 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    come on, no robert smith ????(I’m a speed reader, apologies if I u mentioned him and I missed him), but if I read accurately, then I say it again, COME ON!!… smith’s do has gotta be some sort of defining rock cut…ok, it may have been a rip off of Siouxsie to begin with but he looked much better in it. I spent my childhood trying to look like him…but then I realised the Kilbey do was much easier to achieve and never looked back, ha!!

    much love


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    Stewart | 10 March 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I’m watching ‘Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones’ as I type – hair dos and attitude casting warm waves of freedom all over the place. I was inspired by the dos of many you’ve mentioned, particularly John Lennon and Neil Young. I’d have to acknowledge Robert Smith as an influence leading to the irreparable damage I did to the ozone layer in the eighties. I confess, however, that before I knew much about such folk I was undoubtedly influenced, as a young child watching television after school in the early seventies, by David Cassidy.

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 6:46 am #

      david cassidy had the supreme do i admit…i tried to get that but i couldnt
      people say robert smith but i fucking hate his hair dos …..i really do….a horrible bleeding mess

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    p webb | 10 March 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Well, lacking a substantial portion of my own head-coverage, I’m pretty impressed by all of them…

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    Jesiah6 | 10 March 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Not really sure who’s hair inspired me, but in early nineties I grew mine out long and died it black, then short spikey and blonde. There may have been some orange, red, blue and purple at some point, then long and natural and now super short is the easiest to deal with. Steve, what was your favorite hair do on yourself?

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    Michel | 10 March 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Strangely the four Church members hairdos on Heyday cover, along with the Paisley shirts, was one of the reasons I got into the band (the other was I thought I was going to die, but it is a quite long story).
    Vince Neil hairdo is not that bad in the first Mötley Crue years, Suzanne Vega in 1985, Robert Smith in 1984 (only) and Rosie Vela on the cover of her first and last album.

    March 10th, once again (this time it is the right day) happy birthday Priest = Aura !
    Yes Steve, it is one of the best ever albums.
    Priest = Aura
    c’est le meilleur
    et dans mon coeur
    il restera !

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    Anonymous | 10 March 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Robert Smith!

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    Richard | 10 March 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    sinead was the exception that proved the rule

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    . | 10 March 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    wow…such an interesting topic to present
    and i vividly remember many of those moments
    when the hair was a vital & integral component
    to the first impression and image of its composers
    never to be underestimated, it dressed a subculture
    and emblazoned upon my mind snapshots of chaotic order
    like the unforgettable times i went to a rock n’ roll concert
    and saw the bands invisibly etch their notes in the concert hall
    as their hair remained or whipped back and forth in musical crescendos
    the guys from duran duran were fashionably inspiring as were the church
    even the calm and subtle looks of cy curnin, adam woods and jamie west-orem
    hmmm…oh yeah i seem to remember crowded house having an impact on my look
    and i can’t forget the billy idol hair (though i never dyed mine to match)
    van halen, la guns, dokken, and others matched hair perfectly to their era
    and though the hair wasn’t necessarily inviting, the music is unforgettable
    harriet wheeler, amanda marshall, and annie lennox all had nice hair

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    Dave M | 10 March 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Johnny Marr one of the coolest haircuts of them all and second to Madonna for great re-inventions.

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 6:42 am #

      marr nicked martys look after seeing us in sheffield in 1982
      the hair n guitar everything

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    p webb | 10 March 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    How about Dave Faulkner circa “Stoneage Romeos” (not to mention James Baker’s blonde helmet!)

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 March 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Yet another fantastic blog topic…one can only guess the final count in # of comments if let to sizzle for a bit of time….

    Mine are so easy…

    Robert Smith from The Cure, in any era , just made ya wanna grab a pair of hedge clippers and attack that giant ass spider on his head ad to save him from some bad career moves/ songs ( anything after Disintergration , I just didn’t understand. Though the album Disintergration is top notch…not the ‘hits’ per se…all the deep darker tracks…)

    And my super sweet princess: Johnette N. from Concrete Blonde….her short spiky punk days ,then when she grew it out and it flowed like deep black water- oh man did I have a crush on her. Met her a bunch of times cuz of the record store bizness in the late 80′ s ….I knew she loved red wine so I had plenty for her at one record party/signing and I got a sexy hug and kiss on the cheek for it- I all but made multiple babies right there in my trousers…

    I know from some past history that you blokes and her 3 pc band were on the same bill (maybe on a couple occassions) ….what was ur take on JP, and yes I knew she swung both ways…

    Your so very welcome regarding the stuff. Rajani is a diamond gem for helping me. I will always b gratefully. I really hope u enjoy it and if ya have any questions, which u probably don’t, u can ask away. Also, I was on the guess- o – meter when it came to sizes for the girls…I hope that was okay and I didn’t cross any boundaries with ya. The product itself is remarkable. The multitudes of ‘waxes’ on their website run far and wide – I have so many myself. If ya pop on their website for a second and find any other ‘scents’ that u would b interested in, please let me know because I have a nice connection and discount going. I hope I was right regarding the voltage converter- RJ thought it was a good idea. And the style of warmer I chose for the Kilbey tribe, well, I really thought about that for a tumble. Please please try it out, at least the ‘cup cakes or banana nut bread ( my fav ) , and how fuckn cool that they named a flavor after one of the church’ s greatest songs.
    I learned so much from my father when he was alive….he always sported a military cut, beyond all the tools he taught me to be a man and a gentleman, was the ability to give. Oh SK, He was such a ill man year after year with his broken heart but at any birthday or significant holiday- he made everyone feel like they were the most special person or child on earth. I miss you so much, Mr Donald James Kelly, and during these trying times with my health in decline, I ask him every day, in tears, to watch over my beautiful bride Laura and my amazing children. Because for me, there is not much more he can do.

    Enjoy – and please incorporate the gift into ur families everyday, the girls will b fighting over how the home should delight in aroma each and everyday. It is VERY SAFE and it WILL fill the entire house with the scent of Blueberries. It was so strange that just the other day you wrote a fantastic blog regarding the many scents and smells of the world, and now ur home can smell like many that u listed.

    Oh ya, I almost forgot- I came across the most delicious Chocolate Soy , when u come thru my town again there will be a special cooler, filled and chilled, waiting for you b4 u hit the stage.

    Your friend from far away…

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 March 2012 at 11:44 pm #

      And when will u unvail ur new haircut for the congregation ?

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        thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 6:40 am #

        i dont have one dazzman

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 March 2012 at 9:10 am #

          Sadly…You do, as I do too. Everytime I wash it I find more in the drain than was on my head…So for us guys living in the ‘middle’ ages…We wake up every day with a different hairstyle from the day before….. 🙁


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    Richard | 10 March 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    mwp’s – before it decided to take over

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    verdelay | 10 March 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    I tried forever to get the “Heyday Kilbey” right.

    It was gone by the time of Starfish…a little too long for my liking, maybe? I dunno…it was the Heyday do that did it for me. Was that a copper tone in there? Maybe henna? I tried the henna – kind worked, I guess… made my scalp itch. It wasn’t about the colour, though – it was the cut that was hardest to get right. I curse a generation of Brisbane hairdressers for fucking up my instructions. I studied all the videos for hints and tips. The best was Already Yesterday, particularly when you turned side-on near the end and revealed how you’d done the sides around the ears which sort of stuck out in an elfish way. Brilliant. Gotta get those Kilbey elfin ears happening. Something about that style…it was long-ish without being too mullet-y (curse of the 80s), so you could have that hippyish cache…but it was also kempt and smart in a way that’s hard to describe. It was hip…the fringe was well defined without being boxy or too Ramones-ish – sort of whispy…I could get it right in the mirror as a preening 16 year old, but later when I was out and about and caught my own reflection again it was all wrong, all wrong… I tried mousse to get it to sit still. All sorts of products to get that Kilbey hair. Gel was no good. Hairspray just sealed it up and it would break open in the wind and spill all my un-treated hair into crazy un-Kilbeyesque configurations. I studied the photographs…gotta get that Kilbey hair. But it eluded me, God knows how it eluded me.

    So around 1989 I thought fuck it, I’m gonna buy myself a trenchcoat, dye it black grow it into a Marty.


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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 6:40 am #

      my hair never really looked that good.
      i never liked it
      i was always wishing it looked like someone else!

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        verdelay | 11 March 2012 at 7:05 am #

        Oh, your’e too modest. I can’t imagine that even Bowie was terribly pleased with his do much of the time, either (kept changing it, didn’t he?). I tried a million different dos myself. Had an electric blue barnet at one point. Mid-60s Dylan does it for me.


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          thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 7:07 am #

          is it possible no one ever likes their own bloody hair?
          mine was never straight enough or thick enough to do what i wanted it too
          now i dont really care
          im just happy i got a bit left n its still not grey!

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            Alyona | 11 March 2012 at 8:23 am #

            most certainly — for instance brian may always hated his curly mane and even tried to straighten it to get “clapton hair” — ironic because many (me included) would prefer his to clapton’s any day… may be not so much the current look (way too frizzy) but in the 70s-90s it was bloody perfect. pagey’s hair seem to be similar — and even more bizarre is that it’s also what i’d tag as “perfect jewish hair” — regardless of actual ethnicity

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            thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 12:11 pm #


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    Lara | 11 March 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Joan Jett! When I was a kid, Cher (so long, black, and straight). The woman vocalist from BowWowWow with the mohawk. I agree that Emmy Lou’s silver is beautiful. And you have to give props to George Clinton for the sheer joy of wacky hair.

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    Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 2:17 am #

    james iha (while with SP – I don’t think anybody’s hair was better during the time – he first to come to mind), falco (post-mullet), lou reed (still the same), iggy’s matched his puppy eyes, neil diamond (perfect jewish hair and he still has it!), bryan ferry, mick ronson, both heart sisters though the blonde one’s best, stevie nicks, daniel ash and then, richard butler — the cover of midnight to midnight …was that not the epitomy of the look?

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    danny | 11 March 2012 at 2:26 am #

    In the 80s Robert Smith and Ian M. From Echo and the bunnymen…Ian had the unique distinction of quite possibly the best or worst hair depending on the day…but easily the WORST band name ever…British bands always have the best hair…especially during mid 90s britpop era…ofcourse you had to be skinny as a twig in a tracksuit to pull it of…Richard Ashcroft style

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    andy | 11 March 2012 at 2:27 am #

    MWP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    even more so now……
    the guy seems to be 98% hair.

    kilbs……i just bought this cigar box guitar,
    ain’t it lovely?
    stuff the blues though eh?…
    lets do an eastern-tinged hypnotically persuasive/all-pervasive cigar box EP together……..
    whadda ya reckon?

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 March 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Mr. Andy Lee has a great full head of TRUE ROCK N ROLL HAIR !!!

      Ya Rock brother !!!

      Darrin JK

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 March 2012 at 9:16 am #

        Can you snap some pix and email me the new addition to your family?
        And when r u gonna finish that bloody story about that ‘compilation’ song you did…you have me at the edge of my seat, you should share that with SK…I wonder what his opinion will be????


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        thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        a marvellous head of hair has andy lee…the bastard….!

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      andy | 11 March 2012 at 11:27 am #

      oh…thought i’d better’s not me playing it in the clip!
      it’s the guy who made it…rockhill cigar box guitars.

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    Finn | 11 March 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Pretty sure John Paul Jones hairdo in Song Remains the Same IS a wig (at least part of the time), because he’d apparently cut his hair between the original performance and the retakes they did later.

    I know he’s not your favorite guy but Ian McCulloch from the Bunnymen had a pretty good hairdo back in the day.

    Oh… and Marty WP of course had a good look too. Still has I reckon, though a little more burly w/ the beard.

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    zuma77 | 11 March 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Rob Tyner’s afro was always a contender..Tim Buckley without doubt…Eno (when he had hair)..Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell from “Beyond the Valey”..Dr John with all his New Orleans voodoo pomp..Eddie Cochran for grease & Rog Daltrey for perm…love on ya sk

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    Alyona | 11 March 2012 at 5:20 am #

    hell’ i;ll even log in for this…

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    monksphere | 11 March 2012 at 6:12 am #

    Loved the mohawk in the ’80s, Joe Strummer punk rawked it better than anyone. Never had the balls to do it myself though, what with my dad cutting hair as a second job– he would’ve hit the roof! Unfortunate the mohawk’s become so common and so damn cute.
    Was inspired by your fellow bandmate Mr. Wilson-Piper, circa Starfish, to grow my hair long but mine is curly so it looked more like Chris Cornell’s. These days my ‘do is pretty unexciting though sometimes i entertain the idea of getting a mullethawk.


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    betty | 11 March 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I was a tiny 4’11”, 90 pound little 16 year old Hispanic girl who forced her thick naturally curly hair into a sort of Robert Smith/Sid Vicious dead porcupine sort of thing. Ahhh…the 80’s…

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 7:09 am #

      dont understand the fascination with rob smith
      like his music but he always seemed a great awkward chubby goose to me
      as i said i hated his bleeding hair do

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        betty | 13 March 2012 at 12:22 am #

        It definitely was NOT a good look…

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    Boriah | 11 March 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Bufff, I could name a lot. YOu missed Richard Ploog´s hair. I bet that hair granted him pretty hot groupies. But most interesting than hairdos is: why the fuck no one in the rock business wear watches when they´re onstage!! I only recall some pics of Bowie wearing a watch onstage. I think it´s classy.

    And why you never got tattoed????

    And Darren…suddenly my feet are feet of mud. It all goes slo-mo. I don’t know why I’m crying. Am I suspended in Dazza?


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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 7:07 am #

      ploogy had a great head o hair!

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        Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 7:11 am #

        On the “Reptile” video, his hair is great.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 March 2012 at 9:17 am #

      Hey B…

      Please explain ….


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        Boriah | 11 March 2012 at 6:39 pm #

        Oh, nothing, a just “hi, how´s everythin going, keep on fighting”.

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 March 2012 at 7:47 am #

          That really means alot. In 24 hours from as I type this…I’ ll b tryn my best to recover from a very serious procedure in my cervical spine that will take me off my feet for , 100??? hours…
          If ya can link me to anything that u have written that I’d enjoy , please do. I’m gonna have a battle against pain inside my body, inside my head. I’m gonna need distractions, and yeah…the prescriptions are filled and ready, but they don’t really help against being a human shish – ka – bob , and I have to be in bed …still…cuz of the steroids/chemicals now injected deep in my spinal column – they can’t be swishing around.
          SK knows that he will be singing the songs ( such an incredible catalog to chose from),along with my guy Chad from State Radio/Dispatch, that will really help distract me in the aftermath.
          Thanks for caring !!!

          Darrin JK

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            Boriah | 12 March 2012 at 11:00 pm #

            Darrin, I´ve just finished “Red”, the autobio of Sammy Hagar. Very interesting and entertaining book. I´m about to start with the autobios of Valerie Bertinelli and Ann Margret. Get the sammy´s autobio and also the one that has recently released Duff McKagan. If you take a portable dvd with you, then get the Anvil movie/documentary, that film has turned into a classic, like “This is Spinal Tap”. You dont need to be a fan of that band cause it´s about the rock business, the highs and lows, etc. Absolutely brilliant movie made by a fan. After watching the film you will end up loving those guys. Also get the film about Lemmy.

            And get out of the fucking hospital as soon as you can bro!


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    Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 7:17 am #

    a few more — and though all of you/(Church) have lovely hair — remember when PKs was long — we’d always have arguments over your hair(s)/who had the best… but I also always thought Mike Scott had/has beautiful locks — and then Marriane Faithful — just natural and pretty; and then (while in car… thinking: Little Richard — was that not a do? Maybe not particularly attractive styling but as with Robert Smith, it always made you smile. And someone up there mentioned Cher — I agree, prior “Bob Mackey” clothes/coff’s she did have stunning hair

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    Boriah | 11 March 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Forgot to mention David Sylvian hair. He had/has great hair.

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    colette | 11 March 2012 at 8:10 am #

    This latest post is proving far too contentious – I should have said I liked Ian Astbury’s hair… Robert Smith’s hair is revoltingly fascinating and makes the world a more interesting place. Being subjective. I was never taught hair analysis when I did my Arts degree 🙂 Personally, I think I have too much hair even though it falls all over the place – anyone want some? I’ve been told by hairdressers my hair is like Japanese hair to cut, not in colour anymore but texture.

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    hellbound heart | 11 March 2012 at 8:21 am #

    dunno about hair do’s, but I’m pretty sure Duran Duran and their ilk single-handedly created the hole in the ozone layer with their styling products…..
    love always……

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    mycoversblown | 11 March 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Ian McCulloch. Edwyn Collins. Evan Dando. I took from them all.

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    Matt Lamb | 11 March 2012 at 9:18 am #


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    JJO | 11 March 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I got into the Church on the strength of Marty’s haircut.

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    veleska1970 | 11 March 2012 at 9:51 am #

    definitely the “heyday” hair…..

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    Dave M | 11 March 2012 at 10:53 am #

    ian mcculloch?

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      interesting do
      i couldnt figure out how he did it
      like donald trump and gene simmons…how is that happening…?

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    captain mission | 11 March 2012 at 11:12 am #

    that bowie chap always seemed to have interesting hair dos

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    hellbound heart | 11 March 2012 at 11:15 am #

    check out the cover of this month’s Aussie Rolling Stone…..Bowie in all his hair do’d glory…..

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    Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Im a slaphead so id even settle for an art garfunkel do! I serious on u ass! But lookin at that old interview with you & ploog on the same show as that fool meatloaf i have to ask this – why did you used to have your hair so wide above the ears?!

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    Ingrid | 11 March 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Definately The Church in Heyday!!!(plus in all the clips in Goldfish, jokes, magic & souvenirs) Bryan Ferry and Mick Jaggers, Rod Stewart, Billy Idol. I agree Izzy Stradlin’s was cool too.

    As a child I loved Agnetha’s hair from Abba and didn’t mind Debbie Harry’s either.

    I think Rob Smith’s looks like a bird’s nest

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    danny | 11 March 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Liam G from Oasis always looks sharp…like he just had a 90 quid haircut…I won’t start a firestorm about their music…but let’s just say…they are a guilty pleasure…like a good cheeseburger

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      thetimebeing | 11 March 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      whatever gets you thru the night
      i am a veg and i regard liam the same way i regard a cheeseburger

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        IncorrectPolitically | 11 March 2012 at 2:58 pm #

        I laughed so hard at your comment that I accidentally spit up a hairball , no + sorry my mistake, it was not A hairball, it was the realization that “UntalentedAssOasses” would even be mentioned. I know nine yearolds who are better musicians.
        Danny- save yourself, redeem yourself, just when I thought- here is a chap that is spot on track.
        Oassess- REALLY?????



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    sharon daniel | 11 March 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    As a teen went down the Robert Smith/ Siouxsie Sioux path….incredibly difficult for a naturally curly/strawberry blonde. Now days inspiration comes from Poison Ivy of The Cramps!

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    Tanya | 11 March 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Too late to get into it but great topic!

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    Steven Krut | 11 March 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    By Bowie’s Golden Years hair, I suppose you mean the doo he had on the cover of ChangesOne and Low (and I guess StS, too). That’s my favorite rock star haircut, but I don’t know why. It’s not really a rock’n’roll hairstyle. He derived it from American crooners like Frank Sinatra, I think. AND it only really works on Bowie. All through my teens I had my hair like that in a vain (in more ways than one) attempt to look Bowie-esque.

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      verdelay | 12 March 2012 at 12:09 am #

      Agree about the unachievability of that mid-70s Bowie crooner look – if only, eh? My personal fave Bowie do (and one I can sort of emulate without looking like too much of a prat) is his “Scary Monsters” hair circa 1980, 81 – Rockish fringe, suave at the back. Nice. And to think he traded it in for the Let’s Dance blonde bouffe. Sigh.


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    ChknOutlaws*"* | 11 March 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Oh hell with the ‘rockers’ hair do’z n don’tz

    Cousin IT was blessed with the greatest mane of all time, with or without a top hat. Nothing like having hair on 99.9% of your body and still be the coolest extended family member.


    It has become even more weird with all this hair gel, oh wait. That’s not hair gel !!!

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    davem | 11 March 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    He’s got no hair, but we don’t care, davey davey m.

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    Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Hair ; One of the big contributors to self esteem issues for both male and female.
    Possibly most people are not 100% happy with the hair they have, but learn to except it. A great hairdresser always helps.
    Big No No,s are the’ Try Hards ‘ keep it simple as you get older. Too tricky and it’s aging (not to
    mention looking desperate for returned youth).
    Not nice!
    Youth is for experimenting and mistakes are quickly forgiven on a young face. And lessons learnt.
    Past No No,s: 70,s Men with perms , balding and long . Women with asemetrical haircuts. Too much henna.Double yuk!
    80,s :Mullets both male and female. Big Hair (outsizing) proportionally ones body. All head no body. Sorry to pick on men but balding and ponytails . All Tragic Tragic Tragic.

    90,s :Except for the left over Mulletonians.Had tamed down somewhat.Last of the comb overs (i hope)A welcome relief .Whew.

    2000,s big error the Footy Stripe tips. Absolute Pho Phar for men and women. Return of the unstructured shaggy looks. If you did it back then your too old to repeat it in the same way. Modify it. And please gentlemen get rid of the rugs weaves and plugs. Disastrous with a capital D.
    So my winners for best quaffs are:
    Beatles for putting it out there. Originality.
    Hendrix and Ross for wearing their natural beauty. And doing it well.
    Bryan Ferry. Great image for the time and glad to see you moved on in time. Also moved in on your sons ex girlfriend. Really Mr Ferry. Points off.
    Deborah Harry and Annie Lennox well done ladies absolute class. Always kept things interesting.
    Lastly, David Bowie for being a jump ahead of the times and doing it so well. Today still moving on with class and style. Mr B you win the brownie points.
    Dear did I forget the Church? No not at all when most Aussie bands were still wearing long hair and jeans you guys came through with a touch of panache.
    Only one quote after a lengthy addition:
    A fine head of hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one. (Lycurgus c806-730BC)
    Take care Mr K and Girls.

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    Anonymous | 11 March 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    McKay & morris from early banshees: kenny looked like a diamond dog brought to life! Church from seance to heyday: all the do’s you’ll ever need. Mick ronson 1979-80: the ultimate in erm layerdom. Paul simenon 1979-1983 & Geordie from killing joke 1983-1985: outstanding quiffage both.

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    hellbound heart | 11 March 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    what about Annie and Dave…..the Eurythmics?

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    carntspel | 11 March 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Air, Hair Lair ?

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    Judith Miller | 11 March 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    As a woman definitely longed for Marianne Faithful hair and looks

    As a woman definitely Marianne Faithful hair and looks. No doubt Mick admired also

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    Cocoamo | 11 March 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Very amusing discourse. Back in the dark ages, anything longer than a crew cut was considered antisocial and the wearer was in danger of being ostracized from the herd. There was a title – “nonconformist” – considered very negatively. Ha ha.

    So, I rejoice in the freedom of choice people (esp men) have had since those repressive days. And of course, hair has been a vehicle for upcoming generations to try to shock their elders (becoming quite a challenge for each new generation, since the bar has been raised pretty high (or is it lowered?). Anyway.

    Otherwise, I find it all rather irrelevant. But then again, I often feel like Data on Star Trek. I think the stork delivered me to the wrong planet.

    Can’t get into the obsession everyone has with external appearance. Mostly, any clean hair is good with me. I will say that when I see someone whose hair keeps falling over one eye, I have a strong urge to brush it back and secure it. Recently appointed US supreme court justice Sotomayor comes to mind. Her long bangs kept covering her eye and she repeatedly was giving the ol head toss so she could see, all during taking her oath of office.

    You and the rest of the Church have all had quite splendid hair, I think. Even Marty in his Grizzly Adams phase.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    danny | 12 March 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Rod stewart, slade, t Rex, sweet,…that was the era for fountains of follicles….Paul weller always looks cool…because he’s Paul.weller

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    danny | 12 March 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Looks like I got flamed for that Oasis comment…should have just kept it about the hair…yeah, their tunes are mostly tripe…but as personalities they made it somewhat interesting in the bland 90s…Noel and Liam…fookin live forever! Ha…what’s next? A crap Noel solo lp? …be careful what you wish for…

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    Ingo | 12 March 2012 at 5:17 am #

    – all the guys from Freur
    – Keith Flint from The Prodigy
    – Blixa Bargeld ca. 1983
    – B-52s (granted doesn’t really count)
    – Dave Ball
    – Ric Ocasek
    – David Lynch (yes also a gifted musician)

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    sybaritewino | 12 March 2012 at 6:05 am #


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    Linjo | 12 March 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Oh I love the rock biographies. Just finished Keith’s by Victor Bockris. I really loved Eric Clapton’s autobio. Something about that magical time of change that is so fascinating. Look at pics of them now and those beautiful people are so old and usual. Have to find Ian Maclagan’s. ( I thought at first that was the Bunnymen’s singer oops). Now I am reading the story of the Yorkshire Ripper. Now that is a man with hair! x

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    Chaotic Embrace*+* | 12 March 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I know I’m a target on this one, possibly, but Dave Gahan from DM had that boyish charm and a nice high and tight chop for quite some years, and than H entered the mix and he brought along a throne and an entourage on the ” Songs Of Faith Tour” and his complete look evolved almost overnight. The heavy ink, the unwashed mop and ‘ don’t give a shit style’ , Dave used up many of his
    9 lives in that era and thankfully his hair survived and his life, even though he left some massive destruction in his wake, almighty has forgiven him and now that silver fox look is settling in.
    Sorry Everyone- I’m a huge fan…Sir Dave is DM and a great frontman !!!

    And let’s get this BLOG over 100 comments…


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    carntspel | 12 March 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    RE: Air, Hair Lair ? posted earlier.

    Must be spoken whilst waving your left hand side to side,in the style of Her Majesty,the Queen, NOT Brian May..although, great hair…..

    Now the Hair.

    Surely one can’t forget Kiss, or perhaps just Paul Stanley?
    Or maybe they can….

    Love your workWork your love!

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    That Girl | 12 March 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    In no particular order or top five but memorable in my mind.
    Dave Hill from Slade- it takes a strong man to pull that off
    Whitesnake the whole band – there wasn’t a hairspay can left standing
    Bob Gelfor – Sir Bob, even saints need to shampoo and condition
    George Clinton – love and peace come together with colour
    Limahl from Kajagoogoo – a magnificent achievement
    This has been fun !

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    narelle parsons | 13 March 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    can’t honestly say that hair is much of an inspiration, although,…unclean hair is pretty awful
    Neil Young might be the sort of artist who possibly doesn’t care too much about running off to a fancy dancin’ hair stylist!

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    Noah | 14 March 2012 at 9:26 am #

    On a related note, for many years I sported the “Steve Kilbey Beard” — short, trimmed at jawline and cheeks. I remember searching for pictures of Steve that showed it from all angles so I could get it right. I quite liked it.

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    Anonymous | 2 May 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I used to sing in a church choir with Nick Cave…he was the quietest, shiest, most introspective dude. We used to go gemstone fossicking together. Love his novel, ‘When The Ass Saw The Angel.’ You should write one man. ‘Extended poetry style’…like ‘The Great Gatsby.’

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    Anonymous | 2 May 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    ‘Heyday’ do’s are the bomb, man!

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    Chris | 2 May 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    David Essex: ‘We Gonna Make Ya A Star’…cool & windswept. Cat Steves on Album ‘Tea For The Tillerman’…dark brooding cool.

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