I was Buddy Holly." Hipsters and Beatlemaniacs everywhere have this talented Texan to thank.
— Once a filthy acid hippie, always a filthy acid hippie, and never shall a filthy acid-hippie frontman transcend his grimy roots to attain sexy immortality. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, however, trades in the impossible.
— A quick reminder: "ludicrous" sometimes means "unsexy," but often it's quite the opposite.
So, yes, Glenn Danzig is ludicrous (believes in werewolves, spends a lot of time getting jacked, closely associated with a questionable hairstyle, etc.).
— that speaks directly to the sexual allure of the rocker. Sometimes, we want those tingling feelings we get from some singer freaking us out with his grim poetry.
A grungy dude startles a rich blonde lady and asks, "Do I scare you? Nick Cave writes scary songs about murder and God and trudging through blizzards to find your true love already dead, but they're not crazy-sexy of their own accord.
After trying contact lenses (imagine the comfort of a 1950s pair), he decided to go with the bespectacled look — he had a bold, horn-rimmed pair made especially for him. And John Lennon once wrote, "He made it okay to wear glasses.We'd totally drop some banal sound bite here ("A rocker for the Obama era! "), but the lead singer of Bloc Party doesn't deserve such pap.Kele's vocals ping-pong from frenetic sensuality (see "Flux") to ethereality ("Tulips") at a moment's notice, making him the perfect po-mo pop candy for those of us too jaded for love songs and too old to be reading One of the founding fathers of rock and roll, Buddy Holly revolutionized the music industry before his death at age twenty-two.Here are forty dudes who epitomize both aspects of rock and roll.Squeeze into (or out of) your leather pants and get to reading.