Awkward Metal Band Photos That Are So Bad, They’re Good

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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20 thoughts on “Awkward Metal Band Photos That Are So Bad, They’re Good”

  1. 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.

  2. ahh.. the 80s! At least I don’t have to listen. I’m surprised we didn’t see a Twisted Sister photo.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!!!!!

  5. 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!

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