Wednesday, October 22, 2008

These Boots Are Made For Rockin'


This one should be a slam dunk. I put this up not so much because I think it will be particularly difficult to figure out, but more as an example of what bands in the early ’80s thought a metal promo photo should look like. I mean, c'mon!

To be fair, though, the entire scene was considerably less sophisticated then. Dudes in a small town with limited access to magazines and fanzines (or other local bands to look up to or emulate) only had a vague idea of what a metal band should look like so they just kind of filled in the blanks with whatever seemed kinda bad ass.

And sometimes that meant putting on giant fuzzy boots.

7 comments:

Brocas Crelm said...

Whoa, I didn't know the cover of "Diver Down" was in a band!

roxymuzak said...

Those boots are awesome!

Invisible Oranges said...

What gets me is all the trousers ornamentation - zippers, chains, etc.

Helm said...

Fuckin' awesome t-shirt. I get a Tom G Warrior vibe from the middle dude but obviously that's not him. This ain't Tokyo Blade either, right? Look like American dudes. 1983 or so? Difficult :(

Ian Christe said...

I just want to point out that the identical fuzzy white boots worn by the singer of Rail are now on permanent display at the EMP museum in Seattle. They're located alongside Queensryche's welded-chains drum kit and Metal Church's original "guitar cross" diorama in the EMP metal corridor, which at last check was a small useless space behind some escalators, near the toilets.

Anonymous said...

This is Rail...I'm sure of it!

AT said...

Nope, not Rail. This is Rail. Rail was a four-piece. I'm kind of surprised that Ian didn't figure it out. These guys, though they never put out much, were in a lot of fanzines in the early/mid '80s and the short dude always wore those boots.