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The most ludicrous outfits in rock

  • 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.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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?"

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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...

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • Paloma Faith. It takes balls to pull off a stage outfit like this. Enormous, white balls.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • Give him a big hand - it's The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire, rocking the Hilda Ogden look. If you tolerate this...

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • Muscleman Bono flexes his biceps onstage on U2's 1997 PopMart tour. Pic: Rex Features

    Photo: Rex Features

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Bjork dressed as a.... actually, what is she dressed as? - on the cover of her 2007 album, 'Volta'.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • 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. Pic: WENN

    Photo: Wenn

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

    Photo: Rob Howard

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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."

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Glam-rockers Kiss. Bassist Gene Simmons (second right) is 61 years old. Think on. Pic: PA Photos

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Swedish electro-pop star Robyn, as she appeared in the technicolour video to 2007 single 'Konichiwa Bitches'. Pic:Fredrik Skogkvist

    Photo: Fredrik Skogkvist

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • That'll be Bjork - again - looking like she accidentally poured glue over her head before tripping over and falling into a kiddies' ball pool.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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. Pic: PA Photos

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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. Pic: Filmmagic

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • P-Funk innovator George Clinton onstage at SunFest, West Palm Beach, Florida, May 2008. Yes, that is a nappy.

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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". Pic: PA Photos

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • Klaxons in ghoulish fancy dress at Glastonbury 2009.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • And here's Deadmau5, aka Canadian electro bloke Joel Thomas Zimmerman, in his trademark mouse-head mask.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • Daft Punk in their trademark helmets. Or is it Justice in disguise?

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

    Photo: Timo Isoaho

    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • 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

    Photo: Rex Features

    Added: 22 Jan 2009