Lady Gaga made headlines at the VMAs this year by appearing on stage in a dress apparently made out of meat. It inspired us to put together this gallery of the daftest outfits in music history.
Gaga’s dress drew complaints from animal rights activists. Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “Wearing a dress made out of cuts of dead cows is offensive. What next – the family cat made into a hat?”
Earlier in the evening Gaga had turned up in a more conventional dress. Her outlandish costumes place her in a grand tradition of flamboyantly dressed pop/rock stars. Including the following…
Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant sports the must-have fashion accessory this autumn – a big red box that covers your entire face. Expect to see hipsters wearing these on London Fields by Christmas.
Paloma Faith. It takes balls to pull off a stage outfit like this. Enormous, white balls.
Give him a big hand – it’s The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.
Elton John dressed as Louis XlV at his 50th birthday at Hammersmith Palais in 1997. The costume cost £73,000. In 2007 the Queen Mum Of Pop said he regretted splashing so much cash, admitting the outfit looked “ridiculous.” Pic: Rex Features
Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire, rocking the Hilda Ogden look. If you tolerate this…
Muscleman Bono flexes his biceps onstage on U2’s 1997 PopMart tour. Pic: Rex Features
Sci-fi thrash metal group GWAR’s frontman Oderus Urungus, known for spraying audiences with “jism” from his outsize alien cock. You don’t get that with Villagers. Pic: PA Photos
Bjork dressed as a…. actually, what is she dressed as? – on the cover of her 2007 album, ‘Volta’.
The Gossip’s Beth Ditto sports a bin-liner at the band’s Shockwaves NME Awards show in February 2007. That night, Ditto castigated NME for voting her top of the Cool List but “chicken-shitting” out of putting her on the cover. The following month we made up for it by putting her on the cover – naked.
After playing their headline slot at Glastonbury 2007 Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and Klaxon James Righton decamped backstage dressed as a foam crocodile and a bow tie wearing swan. You guys! Pic: Rob Howard
Natasha Khan works the Pocahontas-meets-peacock look. Her band Bat for Lashes once supported Radiohead, whose frontman Thom Yorke said Bat For Lashes’ music made him “feel like a wolf.”
Finnish viking metal band Turisas, who take their name from an ancient Norse god of war. Readers of ‘Metal Hammer’ magazine voted them Best New Band in 2006. Pic: PA Photos
Glam-rockers Kiss. Bassist Gene Simmons (second right) is 61 years old. Think on. Pic: PA Photos
Swedish electro-pop star Robyn, as she appeared in the technicolour video to 2007 single ‘Konichiwa Bitches’. Pic:Fredrik Skogkvist
Finnish monster rockers Lordi strike a pose after an in-store. In 2006 they won the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’, a track taken from their album ‘The Arockalypse’.
Pic: PA Photos
That’ll be Bjork – again – looking like she accidentally poured glue over her head before tripping over and falling into a kiddies’ ball pool.
Grace Jones. Ever the eccentric, in 2006 the avant-disco diva took part in the largest-ever surname-based gathering. She performed hits ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To My Bumper’ for a crowd of 1,224 people – all called Jones – in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre.
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Genre-trashing alt-MC M.I.A. has a reputation as a fashion icon. Making Pac A Macs cool, however, was a feat that was beyond even her.
P-Funk innovator George Clinton onstage at SunFest, West Palm Beach, Florida, May 2008. Yes, that is a nappy.
Gnarls Barkley singer Thomas “Cee-lo” Calloway of Gnarls Barkley performs at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, California. In that year ‘Crazy’ spent so long at Number 1 in the UK Download Chart the band decided to delete the single, so that people would “remember the song fondly and not get sick of it”.
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Klaxons in ghoulish fancy dress at Glastonbury 2009.
And here’s Deadmau5, aka Canadian electro bloke Joel Thomas Zimmerman, in his trademark mouse-head mask.
Daft Punk in their trademark helmets. Or is it Justice in disguise?
Nu-metal bruisers Slipknot, whose sound was once compared to “a threshing machine devouring a military drum corps”. In 2006 lyrics from the band’s song ‘Surfacing’ were found at the site of a grave-robbing in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Frontman Abbath Doom Occulta of Norwegian black metallers Immortal. The band’s original guitarist Jorn was convicted of church-burning in the ’90s. Immortal’s second album since reforming in 2006 is due out later this year.
Pic: Timo Isoaho
80s eccentrics Adam & The Ants. At the height of their fame, frontman Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) had a fling with Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Many years later he also managed to pull ‘Boogie Nights’ star Heather Graham.
Pic: Rex Features