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Tragic Matching Outfits on 1970s-80s Album Covers

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We can’t be too hard on them; some of these small time bands (like the one pictured above) probably spent their last nickel to buy matching polyester shirts for their album cover.  Still, sometimes the fashion choices are so bad, it’s simply unforgivable.

 

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Really, Flintlock? A picture of yourselves on your new single sleeve?  Not cool.

 

 

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Where does one begin with this one?  I will say leaving the shirts unbuttoned is a nice touch- a nice treat for the ladies.

 

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It’s their greatest hits collection – you’ve got to dress for the occasion, and only matching polyester 2 tone shirts will do.

 

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Looks like the Rising Sons chose a darkened storm drain to have their picture taken.  Were they on the run?

 

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“Honey No” is an appropriate title for this album. Sweet Lord, those are enormous collars.  I also like how their suit jackets end at the elbow, revealing a nice puffy sleeve.  This sort of thing was standard attire for Scandinavian groups; but Middle of the Road is Scottish, and so are not excused.

 

CONJUNTO GRANADA Salsa Attack

They seem so proud, I almost feel bad laughing at them.  (Key word being “almost”)

 

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Chico Che y La Crisis

Yes, “Crisis” is a good word for Chico’s backup band.

LA GENTE DEL PAIS

Unless you happen to be a superhero, you should not be wearing clothes like this.  Just a friendly tip.

 

 

ROCK STEADY CREW Ready For A Battle 1984

Don’t even try to say anything about the Rock Steady Crew’s attire, because they are Ready for Battle.

 

GRUPO FASCINACION Salsa Vice

Mind, body and soul, the Grupo Fascinacion has embraced the Miami Vice look to its fullest potential.

 

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For a moment, I thought we had another contender for biggest collar; but I think Middle of the Road still holds the title.

 

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I was okay with the Murk family costume – after all, who can object to red skirts with white go-go boots?  But then I saw their names at the bottom: Barby, Bill, Brenda, Bevi, Becky, and dog Bambi.    I’m suddenly not okay with it.

 

Perhaps the worst perpetrators of the tragically matched outfits cover (yes, even worse than the Swedes) are the gospel family album covers.  For more than you can probably handle, check out Polyester Prayers: Gospel Family Album Covers of the Seventies

 

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I was ready to say something snarky about their matching shirts, but the gal in the center looks like she’ll have none of it.  So, I’ll just quietly back away.

  • Drehcir

    A quick search shows that The Murk Family was a gospel group and they seem to have put out quite a few albums dating back to the early-60’s.

  • Keen Mustard

    “I also like how their suit jackets end at the elbow, revealing a nice puffy sleeve.” A look that was very popular at that time – with ladies. There’s a clip on YouTube of Middle of the Road performing Yellow Boomerang on German TV wearing those outfits. Did they ever dress like that in Glasgow? And if so, were the lads unscathed? Sally Carr, it must be said, looked good whatever she wore.

  • Kev Pickering

    Actually, given Middle of the Road were from Falkirk, near where I grew up, they probably frequented Edinburgh more – though wearing those clothes down the Grassmarket would be a challenge then.

    But yeah, Sally Carr – always a sight for sore eyes.

    • Keen Mustard

      That’s interesting: I’d always thought Middle of the Road were from the Glasgow area. Certainly their Wikipedia entry states that they were formed in Glasgow, and the notes accompanying their “Best Of” CD describe them as starting out as a Glaswegian four piece. And I can’t see any mention of Falkirk on their official website. However, I’m by no means an expert on them. Were they based in Falkirk for a period?

  • Keen Mustard

    That’s interesting, Kev: I’d always thought Middle of the Road were from the Glasgow area. Certainly their Wikipedia entry states that they were formed in Glasgow, and the notes accompanying their “Best Of” CD describe them as starting out as a Glaswegian four piece. And I can’t see any mention of Falkirk on their official website. However, I’m by no means an expert on them. Were they based in Falkirk for a period?

  • sampoerna quatrain

    Hey, in Flintlock, that’s the kid from THE TOMORROW PEOPLE! I guess I could have looked his name up….[slinks off in shame]