Metal music has a reputation for being tough and aggressive, a celebration of the darker side of life. Something happened in the 1980s however, with a baffling infusion of glam that spawned a big-haired, face-painted style. This bizarre mix of makeup and macho attitude left an unforgettable mark on the genre…
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21 thoughts on “Awkward Metal Band Photos That Are So Bad, They’re Good”
Now I imagine a designer going apeshit, trying to create something that’s so bad that the band’s refuse to wear it, but he never succeeds.
Poor Stryper on there twice
ahh.. the 80s! At least I don’t have to listen. I’m surprised we didn’t see a Twisted Sister photo.
And Manowar was there several times as well…
If only I had shares in hairspray back then.
How dare you include Judas Priest. Even if it fits perfectly…
Pretty sure my band was up there…. 😱
Not sure where the penchant for knickers was coming from…..
You forgot apator
Like half of these should be flagged for “female presenting nipples”.
why do keep recycling this? are you out of topics?
OK but tbh… I’m on the 9th picture and it was a Halloween costume. I am crying out laughing right now. this is way too good to be true.
A lot of these look like drag queens. Except drag queens do it much better.
awww you rlly had to do judas and stryper like that lmaooo
ok but some of these look totally badass not gonna lie, like stryper and Judas. the motley crue one is adorable I cant lie I luv them!!!!!!!
What band is the fat black metal dude in?
Some of these are pretty good in my opinion :^)
I’m listening to Straight Shooter by Bad Company, as it happens. Hard Rock is close enough. After all, Judas Priest probably created the Heavy Metal look. Also, Marc Almond, talking about Glam, described The Sweet as ‘ Truck drivers in Drag’. Anyway, great fun photos!
if looking stupid was what they wanted most should get a prize but why J P