Saturday, June 20, 2009

REPOST: Spot The '80s Wardrobe Essentials

This was originally posted in late 2008. It's one of a handful of bands that remain unidentified.

Let's start off by ticking off the checklist of essential "metal" accoutrements we can spot in this picture:

• Torn T-shirt (shredded to look like fringe). Check.
• Fingerless gloves. Check.
• Scarf tied around head. Check.
• Bandana around neck. Check.

I'm sure there are more that we just can't see.

A couple of other things bother me about this picture, though. First, why does the guy on the right look so scared of his bandmate's armpit hair? And second, why is blondie grabbing his bandmate's hair from behind and smiling so broadly?

My guess is that these guys are European and probably had an album or two out on some long-gone French label. Anyone?

2008 update: I "accidentally" discovered what band this is, and I will be stunned if anyone else gets it. Suffice to say, my guess (above) was right on the money. Good luck!

July 2009 update: Congrats to Alcolm X for figuring this one out. It is zee French band called Stators. My guess is that Alcolm X went to the Metal Archives and just cl
icked through all the French bands (yes, you can sort by country over there), until he spotted a very similar photo of the band. Which is fine. Doesn't matter to me what your methodology is. As for info about Stators, there's little out there. I still own their one and only album—...Never Too Late (1985, Axe Killer)—but it's been 20+ years since I've heard it. You can check out part of a track for yourself here. Not terrible, vaguely NWOBHM-ish. Mystery solved.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Moustaches: Metal or Not-Metal? Discuss.

Well, this is a meaty dish, isn't it? Lots to dig into here. Not the least of which are the fuzzy caterpillars crawling across two of these dudes' upper lips. I know that in certain circles of metal copious amounts of facial hair are now OK, but the hirsute look was not a popular one in the '80s. And the wispy, my-first-whiskers moustaches this pair is sporting aren't doing them any favors.

In general, the hair in this photo is not good, nor very metal. Only one dude is truly representin'. The others seem like they're trying—maybe they're new to the game—but it's overall a weak effort. And is the guy on the right wearing a skinny tie (or is it a cravat, or jaunty scarf?)? Very puzzling.

The inclusion of two axes in the photo would lead us to believe that guy on far left was the bassist, while cravat guy on the right was the guitarist. The fingerless leather gloves the other two are sporting would lead us to assume that one of them was the drummer. Let's hope the person fronting this band was the one with the long hair.

This photo may look somewhat familiar due to the fact that I posted another picture of this band way back on Election Day. It's one of a handful of bands on the site that remain unidentified. And since Keir suggested I repost some of them, this will be my first effort in that endeavor.

UPDATE: Well, it took a long-ass time, but Keir finally figured out that this is Siren. As he said, he was a huge fan, but he had no idea what they looked like, which I think is probably not uncommon. They were something of a cult power metal band of the mid '80s. I used to correspond with vocalist Doug "Dead" Lee, who was a helluva nice guy, so I do feel a little bad poking fun at this. It's all in good fun, Doug, I swear! Anyway, Doug ended up in German band Mekong Delta from 1990-1997, but I don't think the other guys went on to do much beyond the two albums they released on indie labels.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Revenge of the Nerds

Usedta be that metal was populated by the uncool dudes (see above). That's because it was patently uncool to be into metal at various times over the last 30 or so years. By "uncool" I mean not accepted by the masses.

So, yeah, plenty of freaks and outcasts found their way to the music. And, while I don't want to make any judgements about these guys based on this photo, my guess is that they were like me and my friends in high school in the early-'80s: a small tribe that kept to itself and was pretty much ignored by everyone else.

Hell, a picture of me and my friends back then would have looked pretty much exactly like this one—bad skin, funky haircuts and all. But these dudes were in a band, and we weren't (yet).

Any idea who they are?

Update: I can't sneak any New England bands past Ian. He immediately recognized these guys as Executioner, featuring Seth Putnam on the left. Seth wasn't the band's original bass player, but I think he joined after their first album. Executioner were one of the plethora of trashy mid-'80s "thrash" bands that seemed to be influenced by the early Metal Blade output. Most of them ended up on New Renaissance Records, and most of them were unremarkable. The artwork was terrible, the production was weak. Some of them may have actually been decent bands, but it was hard to tell from albums they released.