Fah, fah, fah, fah–FASHION!

12 Jul

I just streamed the new Wilco single “I Might” while simultaneously downloading songs from Styx [sic] Greatest Hits. I’m surprised my laptop didn’t collapse into a singularity as the matter/antimatter of what’s cool and what’s oh-so-not tried to occupy the same space.

Which twin had the Toni?

Ah, my love for Styx. How to explain …

I won’t bore you with my valiant attempt to argue that Tommy  Shaw’s muscular delivery and Dennis DeYoung’s transcendent prog-rock should not  have gone the way of the shag carpet (or sullied by the idiocy that was Kilroy Was Here). I’ll just ask that if you don’t dig the music, you can sit back and honor my fondness for an era when musicians chose their outfits with great care and committed to their signature look from haircut to high heeled boots … even though it looked as if each member of the band shopped in a different aisle of the Halloween Store.

Of course, there’s no shortage of commitment to fashion on the Lady Katy Minaj side of the equation. All the more reason to give props to rock-and-rollers with flashes of fashion flair – and total commitment to their idea of AWESOME!

Dr. Fink's purple sequin scrubs are on back order ...

Who invited Johnny Ramone?

So, who is your favorite rock-and-roll fashion victim–er, I mean, hero? Let me know and send along a photo as proof!

See you on the flip side …


2 Responses to “Fah, fah, fah, fah–FASHION!”

  1. marmaladefille July 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Funny, I was going to nominate the Wilson sisters, but you beat me to the punch.

    Hey, there’s something charming (and maybe even cool) about the self-mocking eye rolls and deliberately cheesy effects. Unlike Wilco, Styx didn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a good song. Stand by your vinyl past.

    • lpon45 July 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Their total commitment to the moment – down to the “Love Boat” inspired outfit for the drummer and DeYoung’s sorceror-like hand gestures over the keyboard – is truly delightful. They weren’t looking over their shoulders to see who might be judging them: a lesson all of us could learn from.

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