Hairstyles of the Musicians of the 1980s: A Taxonomy

Unlocking the mysteries of the weirdest hairdos in the musical pantheon.


  • teenager May 23rd, 2012 11:10 PM

    i’m in love ! ! !
    hair gel rating = adorable

  • superkat May 23rd, 2012 11:11 PM

    this is literally the best thing ever!!

  • guiltfreedonut May 23rd, 2012 11:28 PM

    Could there be a better article? I laughed so hard at the hair gel rating. Well done, Rookie.

  • ssaamm May 23rd, 2012 11:32 PM

    the morrissey one… oh dear god. hilarious. love you all for making my day.

  • Nicole May 23rd, 2012 11:32 PM

    merely a mention of cyndi lauper? whaaaat?

  • Emilie May 24th, 2012 12:00 AM


  • Toria Crux May 24th, 2012 12:09 AM

    My sis thought the Robert Smith one looked like Edward Scissorhands… kinda does…

  • SpencerBowie May 24th, 2012 12:09 AM

    Love the Robert Smith one!!!

    “Pocket calendar to count down to Friday”

    Ha! <3

  • missblack May 24th, 2012 12:10 AM

    Hahahaha this is awesome!!

    Boy George’s hairstyle is totally amazing; I’ve been wanting to copy it ever since I saw the “Karma Chameleon” video but I haven’t quite got around to it. Sadly my hair isn’t long enough to tie in primary-colored scraps of fabric without looking like a preschool student.


  • erin May 24th, 2012 12:13 AM

    yeah yeah yeah!
    “A ghost to scare you in the morning while doing your hair” Great!

  • lylsoy May 24th, 2012 12:14 AM

    Jack Sparrow teaching you art class.. LOL! My art teachers usually had robert smith hairstyles minus hairgel but plus vaseline! :)

  • Caden May 24th, 2012 12:42 AM

    Haha this is hilarious and creative and just awesome.

    Although I don’t want to try any of them!

    Caden x

  • caro nation May 24th, 2012 12:59 AM

    “Who are you supposed to be, Cyndi Lauper?”

    “It’s not like I’m some modern punk, asshole. This is obviously a 1977 ORIGINAL punk look, but I guess Johnny Fuckface over there is too stupid to realize it!”

    “….I didn’t really get it either.”

    “EVERYONE’S too stupid!!”

    • caro nation May 24th, 2012 1:00 AM

      From memory, by the way.

  • sn0wwhite May 24th, 2012 1:06 AM

    can I please just not ever brush my blackened locks?
    Then I can be stylish like Robert Smith.

  • Adrienne May 24th, 2012 1:18 AM

    This is actually really helpful. Love this so much… especially the hair gel ratings haha!

  • Susann May 24th, 2012 2:02 AM

    Great idea and nice illustrations!

  • TessAnnesley May 24th, 2012 2:14 AM

    “a pompadour filled with tears”
    “jack sparrow teaching your art class”

  • mayaautumn May 24th, 2012 2:14 AM

    omg haha! i love it!
    my friend and i used to do this sort of thing.. so fun(ny)

  • hillary May 24th, 2012 2:36 AM

    the boy george one looks like a ‘do rayanne graff would have! and the robert smith one reminds me of bellatrix le strange.

  • Flavia May 24th, 2012 5:09 AM

    A pompadour filled with tears!!!

  • Naomi Morris May 24th, 2012 5:59 AM

    a pompadour filled with tears <3 <3 <3

  • smilingrottenflesh May 24th, 2012 8:46 AM

    These drawings are so inspiring!

  • Olga May 24th, 2012 10:19 AM

    aah, I love Morrissey one and a picture of Morrissey in the background today! :’)

  • ShockHorror May 24th, 2012 12:07 PM

    Absolutely perfect! But where’s the Flock of Seagulls?


  • FORESTER May 24th, 2012 12:38 PM

    This kinda makes me think of that Simpsons Halloween episode where Snake’s hair posesses people and-


    Goodness knows what fate should fall upon you should Morrissey’s quiff take your soul.

  • May 24th, 2012 4:36 PM

    A broken heart and the wit of Oscar Wilde <3. I love you Morrissey!!!

  • HollieLillian May 24th, 2012 7:47 PM

    Sort of makes me wish I was alive then to witness these hairstyles, my mum cut her hair like madonna in the 80s and has photographic evidence, I just wish I had the courage to take scissors to my own barnet, this is so inspiring!

  • Maialuna May 24th, 2012 10:16 PM

    If Jack Sparrow ever taught an art class, I would be torn between excitement about Johnny Depp or Boy George’s hair.

    I think Boy George’s hair might be more exciting for me.

  • Holidickeys May 24th, 2012 11:50 PM

    Loved the post on Moz and the website background. Hairdresser on Fire!

    How about Ian McCulloch from the Bunneymen? His styling product of choice was probably Ocean Rain.

  • karastarr32 May 26th, 2012 5:23 AM

    A pocket calendar to count down to friday :) <3 robert smith <3

  • TheGreatandPowerfulRandini May 26th, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ninja-like braiding skills. Check.