There’s something so quintessentially British about a band in a suit. By way of tribute to music’s sharpest dressers, here’s a load of photos of bands looking all smart and that. Starting with: The Beatles, rocking the ‘geography teacher’s day out’ look.
Hurts raided the bargain bin for these (the bargain bin in YSL that is).
Charlie Fink goes for ‘the singer’s rules’ for this shoot; he’s the only member of Noah And The Whale allowed to wear socks which match his tie.
Which member of Madness could have possibly picked up the charity suit shop with the fleas in it?
Paul Weller insisted all members of The Jam had a tie with a top knot that was no bigger than 5cm in diameter.
Spector come dressed as a police line up.
Miles Kane has a total of two suits. One is the black one in the picture above, the second is very similar to the first except it’s made of old bits of Alex Turner’s skin sewn together.
Sadly Bob was late to the Franz Ferdinand photo suit and the only shirt which was left had a large print of David Hasselhoff’s face on the back. Luckily, he covered the image up with a jacket.
In this photo Plan B is gesturing for his assistant to pass over the bigger pair of trousers. He had a MASSIVE lasagne for lunch.
Graham Coxon finds another way to cover up his massive side-mouth drooling problem with his old scarf he stole off a statue at the British Museum.
Bowie in his ‘Thin White Duke’ period. It’s a good job this photo is black and white though, because his waistcoat was snot green and his trousers were an off-neon yellow colour.
Muse’s Chris manages to hide the fact he’s wearing a ‘KISS THE COOK!!’ T-shirt. He’s very glad he’s not the frontman.
Of course a few minutes later Pete Doherty traded his hat, his trousers, pants and necklace for a line of coke. It turned out to be sherbert instead.
It’s hard to imagine that a few years later Brian Jones would be dead and Keith Richards would be unable to pronounce the word ‘suit’, instead opting for a gentler ‘soooooofffffff’.
“Wo ist Die Cufflinkz?” Kraftwerk debut a hot new look-slash-song concept. (OK, so it’s not just British bands who look good in suits, as the following photos demonstrate).
Brandon Flowers from The Killers looks suspiciously at the cameraman after his big red bow tie goes walkabout.
The Beastie Boys follow on their ‘jazzier’ new direction by dressing up as the doormen at Ronnie Scott’s.
The Hives toe the fine line between ‘cool’ and ‘Hitler youth’.
Michael Stipe’s ‘I’m bald but still wacky’ period in REM goes a bit pear shaped when he realises that his tie is from Burtons.
Green Day answer the question that Avril Lavigne’s been asking for most of her career: ‘Do skinny ties work with suits?’