Metal music has a reputation for being hard and aggressive, a celebration of the darker side of life. Something happened with the '80s styles, however, with a baffling infusion of glam that spawned a big-haired, face-painted look. This bizarre mix of makeup and macho macabre left an unforgettable mark on metal bands, with some attempts to nail the look coming up hilariously short.

We here at Bored Panda have decided to celebrate this strange period of 80s fashion in music history, with a selection of the funniest and most awkward photos from heavy metal band photoshoots. Scroll down below to check the album covers out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

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#1

Manowar

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Man, oh man!

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#2

Young And Broke Motley Crue 1980

Motley Crue

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Fantastic shoes!

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#3

Manowar

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Romance novel cover casting call

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#4

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Anyway, here's Wonderwall

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#5

Motörhead

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Lemmy think about this for a second

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#6

Vepri Suicida (Wild Boar's Suicide)

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

this is so bad, it stays bad.

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#7

Stryper

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Look, there goes our career

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#8

Stovokor

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Wynand
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1 year ago

I see some Klingons circling Uranus.

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#9

Tunnel Of Love

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FanDaPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Im picking up on some notes of willy wonka with a hint of drugs and alcohol.

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#10

Manowar

Manowar

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

is this whole post a photoshoot of Manowar? xD

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#11

Judas Priest

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

Good old times :_D

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#12

Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

No ragrets

Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
1 year ago

know what I'm sayin?

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Quinn Nix
Community Member
1 year ago

That skull codpiece is hilarious! This is the sort of stuff that the movie "Spinaltap" was spoofing.

Tankut Dogrul
Community Member
1 year ago

never say never

~Milo~
Community Member
1 year ago

"we will never, ever regret this photograph" XD

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Shows that they have a good sense of humor

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Rebekah
Community Member
1 year ago

Contouring on point.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Chastity belts for men?

John Hall
Community Member
9 months ago

Lunch box Warriors

Антон Христов(Anton Hristoff)
Community Member
1 year ago

Destiny childs is that you?!?! :D

Janis Wise
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude in the red is hanging onto his package pretty tight. Maybe he had a wardrobe malfunction and didn’t want that Jack in the Box to get out again!

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

That blond girl on the right? She has a lot of split ends. And just what does that girl, ehh, guy, in red think he's holding? His last ounce of pride?

Amanda Raynes
Community Member
1 year ago

Skull codpiece... Keeping it classy!

olivier FRESSE
Community Member
1 year ago

Pee anticipation is needed

Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

I dont know why this is different from the others, but this terrifies me...there's a kind of vacant evil to their stares

Lara Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugly Kid Joe made up their name on the spot when they booked the gig to open for this group. No joke!

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Fia Flame
Community Member
9 months ago

ew

Alex Graven
Community Member
1 year ago

Morgan Freeman Narration Voice-Over: "They ended up regretting the photograph."

Melissa Hemphill Guajardo
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my....I'm not sure how to feel about any of this... But, it kinda looks like dude 2nd left might be the one who WON the bet! LOL~~~

Lyle Waller
Community Member
1 year ago

Kinda like "Floyd, the barber".

ForkNBeans
Community Member
1 year ago

No, but we do.

CrazyCatLady
Community Member
1 year ago

And... still no regrets?

Anna Hasselwander
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my god

B.b. Fultz
Community Member
1 year ago

Our album isn't selling and we're going broke, so we had to split this one stage costume up between the four of us. Good thing we threw out the keyboardist or else one of us wouldn't have any pants.

B
Community Member
1 year ago

'Hey mum, me and the boys are going to have a jamming session in the basement. Don't disturb us, mmkay?'

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

Now we all know what Cher would look like as a guy!

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
1 year ago

Cups and Belts

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing pretty about that.

Lisa castel
Community Member
1 year ago

One of those things I wish I could un-see

Miriam Hirsch
Community Member
1 year ago

Wynand : You mean "regerts", right?

Missy Finley
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh dear...XD

Milena
Community Member
1 year ago

This is too cool - even for 2019! Aww, the gal in red with that wow makeup! Great style, the penis mask and the pouches, the hair, endearing and empowering! Hail to the people who dare :-)

Sebastian Melmoth
Community Member
1 year ago

...by the way, which ones Floyd?...

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 year ago

Given the quote they included, I'm pretty sure they were intentionally spoofing themselves and the genre to boot.

Wij
Community Member
1 year ago

nothing a hand grenade can't fix...

Amy Hedges
Community Member
1 year ago

What’s up with all the cod pieces? You just don’t see those in today’s entertainers

Paweł Bożek
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, You will!

Ronel du Plessis
Community Member
1 year ago

I have no words...

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes you will.

RitaGG
Community Member
1 year ago

Why isn't this voted higher? LOVE !!

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

they sure were not pretty boys

Master Markus
Community Member
1 year ago

You're fucking wrong and you know it.

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#13

X Japan

X Japan

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Sei Ichirou
Community Member
1 year ago

RIP Hide (guitar player. To this very day a legend in Japan. Died far too early and still noone knows what exactly happened). X Japan were one of the things that changed the Japanese youth so much back in the 80s. If you like metal and are interested, look for a band named Seikimatsu/Seikima-II/聖飢魔Ⅱ. They were founded in the same year as X Japan, they're still active and are one of the bands that still look this wild.

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#14

Black Death

Black Death

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 year ago

That safety pin!

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#15

Venom

Venom

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Lotte
Community Member
1 year ago

this looks like it came out of some sort of medieval war movie

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#16

Shotgun Messiah

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, for the photo shoot, steal your sister's workout clothes.

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#17

Metal Band

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Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Boy, did you eat Gene Simmons ?

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#18

TWATT

TWATT

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

TWATT. I'm dying here...!

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#19

Rhapsody Of Fire

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Quinn Nix
Community Member
1 year ago

A relatively recent metal band, here. These guys got Christopher Lee (Saruman the Wizard, from LotR) to voice story-telling interludes on one of their prog metal albums. How awesome is that?

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#20

Awkward Metal Band Photo

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Frankie goes to Hollywood, the later years.

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#21

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!

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#22

Funny Awkward Metal Bands Photos

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Jason M
Community Member
1 year ago

Please tell me their band name is Die-abetes.

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#23

Metal Band

Crimson Glory 

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Bored Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Baby: "I was told I could take a picture with the teletubbies. They lied."

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#24

Metal Band

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Wynand
Community Member
1 year ago

Mom, is that you?

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#25

Detsorgsekalf

Detsorgsekalf

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

damn… his cat was Walking across his keyboard computer and that's how he gets his names

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#26

Madam X

Madam X

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Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Their logo reminds me of Al's men's support group "No M'am" on Married With Children

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#27

Metal Band

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys do not take themselves too serious. Chapeau!

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#28

Metal Band

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like Batman could use a new cape.

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#29

Crimson Glory

Crimson Glory

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Maurício Seabra
Community Member
1 year ago

Midnight was a damn good singer...

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#30

Tunnel Of Love

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Takes name of band wayyyy to literally!

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#31

Night Jamming Band

Night Jamming Band

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Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like REO Speedwagon on Halloween

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#32

Metal Band

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Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Put down the crack pipe!

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#33

Metal Band

Michael Angelo Batio

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Enrico Zabeo
Community Member
1 year ago

no, he isn't Michael Angelo Batio, he is Randy Piper from W.A.S.P. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Piper

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#34

Krank

Krank

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 year ago

When you let your sister do your make up

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#35

Metal Band

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I bet some of those poses weren't easy to hold.

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#36

Metal Band

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CheeseOnToast
Community Member
1 year ago

The despairing guy in the middle has just realised that no one remembered to bring a basketball.

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#37

Metal Band

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

They're wearing 3 different bands shirts, this is not a band, just some fans.

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