Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brit-Rock Mullets of the 70s

The unfortunate hairstyle commonly referred to as a "mullet" is commonly known to have reached its fashionable peak in the 1980s. And though this fashion abomination may be most commonly associated with clueless hicks and douchebags, few may know of it's curious beginnings - particularly in Britain during the early to mid-1970s.

Granted, over the years there have been countless other rock and roll fashion tragedies worth mentioning (just look at this sad, pathetic sight), but the mullet's prevalence amongst England's rock and roll royalty (approx. 1972-1976) is a phenomenon too widespread to not warrant a closer examination. Around this time, a particular proto-mullet was sprouting from Brit Rocker dome-pieces left and right, making for a blimey brotherhood of bitchin' hair that was probably cool at the time (but unconceivable to us in 2009). These brave men were trailblazers ahead of their time, and helped to make the world safe for mulleters everywhere throughout the 80s. They rocked their Brit-mullets with gusto, and pulled them off, sometimes. Here is a list of said Brits:

Faces-era Rod Stewart

Faces-era Ronnie Wood

era Keith Richards in 1972

Genesis-era Phil Collins (minus 50 points for balding mullet)

Wings-era Paul and Linda McCartney (what the fuck, Paul? I mean, really.)

And finally, the man who's proto-mullet broke down more doors towards mullet acceptance than all of the previous rockers combined....

Ziggy era David Bowie, 'nuff said. He actually makes it cool, somehow, even today. Not sure how, but Bowie pulls it off. Good job, Bowie.


  1. Who said the mullet has died? Take a trip to Spain and it's still living strong.

  2. « Mullet » my horses butt! It was never called a “mullet” until about 2000. Men in Rock cut the top of their hair to get a buzzy /weird look. At the same time, women and girls were experimenting with the “short-short/long-long look( pixie-ish but retaining very ling length towards the back.( wasn’t my favorite). By ‘72 it was called a shag. It’s actually how our hair grows naturally. You can see it if you shaved your head and then grew your hair out- it grows like a “shag”. And btw of course Bowie made it look cool but so did Keith Richards, the New York Dollsand Rod Stewart.