Great moustaches in music history!
As mentioned last week, I am off travelling for work this week, attending the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Salt Lake City to learn about the latest trends and issues in the sector when it comes to understanding and engaging audiences.
The moustache is growing slowly but surely, though as expected it is pretty hilariously bad…
The MOVE Challenge is also going well, and having a gym at the hotel has made it easy to keep recovering from injury. Hopefully I’ll be back to rugby training this week, just in time to help prepare our team for the final game of the season, a top of the table showdown against Danbury.
Don't forget that this is all for the great cause of supporting projects worldwide that help mental health (and cancer research, and exercise initiatives, and many more...). In other words, throw a few dollars towards the cause.
Anyways, in lieu of a longform post this week, I thought I would post a little playlist that pays tribute to some of the best moustaches in music history, from classical to contemporary. Some are composers, some are performers, some are just they guys they got to pose for the cover. In all cases, they rocked some filthy moustaches.
Giacomo Puccini – The master of Verismo opera. Dapper and intense… here’s the aria “Tre sbirri, una carrozza…” from opera “Tosca”:
George Harrison – Nobody got the psychedelic era facial hair down quite like the man who bought the sitar sound to the Beatles…
Cheb Khaled (Khaled Hadj Ibrahim) – If you haven’t heard of this guy, he is a master of the Algerian musical style Raï, and one of the few popular music stars who has bridged African, Asian, and European music. This track is possibly one of the greatest love songs ever written, and his vocals are incredible.
Uwe Schmidt aka “Señor Coconut” – Because nobody realized that the world needed uptempo Latin music versions of Kraftwerk songs until this guy with the pencil thin moustache came along and enlightened us. Bonus: the man in the music video also rocks out one of the dirtiest pornstaches in music history.
Lemmy Kilmister – Muttonchops, Mo, METAL. Here he is teaming up with Dave Grohl (video NSFW):
The guy from the cover of Incubus’ “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” album – no idea who he is, but that’s a funky look he’s got going. Sadly Incubus went from being a cool funk-metal outfit to writing radio friendly tunes for the adoration of teenage girls, but at least there’s this album…
The guy from the cover of Lovage’s “Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By” – there’s a whole back story going on in that picture that compels you to listen. And since it’s a project involving Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, Mike Patton, and Jennifer Charles, it’s worth listening to.
And that just about wraps it up. It's time to get back to conference fun, before flying back across the country for more work. Hopefully the mo will get bigger and bushier, but let's not be too optimistic.
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Bonus Video: Bargearse!
An Australian classic. For foreign readers, back in the early 90’s a group of comedians found an old cop drama and overdubbed it with puerile humor and fart jokes for comic effect, beating "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" to the idea by a few years. Here’s the episode where Bargearse releases an easy listening album.
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