Saturday, November 08, 2008

What can I say? These guys look really cool..

..not. Check this out. Someone has been collecting images of Swedish dance bands from the seventies and eighties. Some of these dudes would look, well, not so cool even if they were dressed in Hugo Boss suits.

7 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Those are great!

Anders E said...

The reason for these hideous clothes is really quite simple. Money. The cost for stage clothes was tax deductible, but only if they would/could not be worn off stage. Consequently, we got the kinds of costumes seen on these pictures.

This does not explain the hair, the beards, the sideburns, the glasses, the shoes and the dorky band names, however.

Seems to me these pictures are scanned postcards, which was quite a common kind of promo material back then.

Byw, some of these pictures are evidently from eighties. From the very worst looking parts of the eighties, even. The horror, the horror...

Juri said...

But why do some of them look so - retarted? I can understand hideous clothes and I can understand awful hair and all that stuff, but why do they look they've just been released from an institute?

Anders E said...

You got me there.

Nothing like this in Finland?

Juri said...

Um, well, yes, up to a point, but I'm sure this horror was a bigger phenomenon in Sweden than in Finland. I'll try to find some photo examples.

Anders E said...

And today I spotted this in the book store:

http://www.adlibris.com/fi/product.aspx?isbn=9171260811

Juri said...

Would say "Gotta have that one!", but I think those photos in the net will just have to do.

(Now, what's really with these Word Verification words? "Conialme" sounds like some forgotten substance that was used in the 18th century in preparing golden jewellery or some such.)