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    Posted: November 18 2017 at 16:19
I'm watching old videos of rock bands playing live, and it looks like a majority of them saw it necessary to wear some out-of-left-field garb while performing.
 
What's everyone's thoughts on bands that wear uniforms on stage? Does it add, take away, or do nothing to the experience of the show? Have you ever seen a band that plays concerts dressed up in any particular attire?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 18 2017 at 17:13
I saw these young lads playing in their smart uniforms:



and they kicked arse.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 18 2017 at 19:12
I think it's fun; helps lighten things up and sometimes makes the music more immersive. I sometimes forget that Jethro Tull is from the 1970s and not medieval times, or that Yes is actually from Earth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 00:06
Much of the fun of attending Yes concerts in the 1970s was to check out their fashions!!  Chris Squire in particular was a fashion plate! 

The "Relayer" tour saw the boys in fine garb, Steve Howe wore this ensemble....


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 05:41
Not a uniform but probably more 'out-of-left-field' (Diaper Man, of Parliament-Funkadelic)
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 05:55
Originally posted by ForestFriend ForestFriend wrote:

I think it's fun; helps lighten things up and sometimes makes the music more immersive. I sometimes forget that Jethro Tull is from the 1970s and not medieval times, or that Yes is actually from Earth.
I agree, the visuals indeed help the performance and enhance the music, adding to the experience in a positive way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 18:57
^ well now its easy to see why comrade trump is so enamored with these fun loving party animals, viva la russia Maybe when they goose-step their way back into the Ukraine they can all sing a rousing chorus of this anthem.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 19:16
Peter Gabriel(Genesis), Rick Wakeman and Nick Barrett(Pendragon), earlier phase with Masquerade Overture etc
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 19:34
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 19 2017 at 23:51
well, Glam rock had its impact onto the other fringes of rock; i bet Peter Gabriels outfits stems partly from influence of glam rock like Bowie, T-rex, Alice Cooper but also influence from pantomime can be talked about and Arthur Brown had an impact on stage costumes. Roxy Music had also impact on bands wearing outfits on stage and uniformality.
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Paul Revere and the Raiders were always a nice sight gag.
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Radio Birdman, sort of. They were accused of being Nazis because their logo was the artifical horizon from an aircraft, and their tours were described as 'Blitzgreigs' with a photo of a dive-bombing Stuka. To be fair though, their lead guitarist did go on to become a pilot/flight surgeon in the US airforce .
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 11:41
The first band that immediately came to my mind are "The Residents".


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 12:16
Originally posted by BaldFriede BaldFriede wrote:

The first band that immediately came to my mind are "The Residents".

To mine, were Rockets, one-of-a-kind French band of the 70s/80s. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 18:41
While I have never minded bands adopting a clothing style/era at times - anything remotely uniform-like usually turned me off. It was the downfall of many metal bands and the likes of Kiss for me - despite the songs. Never liked Tull's boiler-suit garb from the 'A' tour. However, it worked well with Tubeway Army and Kraftwerk in their pomp. Funnily enough - Amplifier in their 'black' garb at a High Voltage festival in London a few years ago, and Exxasens and Caspian all in black at a recent Arctangent festival worked very well too. Not a uniform - but didn't Mark Knopfler and Bruce Springsteen kill off the headband in the mid-80s?! .... and I'm a big fan of both - so accept my honesty and self-deprecation!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 19:03
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2017 at 22:44
The band on Monty Python who were all large wooden shipping crates, and performed 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I've got Love in my Tummy.'
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 23 2017 at 04:22
Amon Düül ll used to perform in lion costumes.
Chrome Hoof also sports some kind of uniform.
Swedish band Goat are always 'disguised'.
Devo.
Kiss.


Also caught another Swedish psych band named Our Solar System. They were perhaps 12-15 musicians all dressed up as druids. Possibly also rocking some mescaline. Either way one of the best and oddest gigs I've ever had the pleasure of attending.

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