May 18, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Brad Delson

linkinPark.jpgLong live rock 'n roll. Today's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Linkin Park's leader guitarist Brad Delson (pictured right). Linkin Park was on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago with former SNL alum Molly Shannon, promoting their new album Minutes to Midnight.

Guitarist Brad has undergone something of a transformation recently. He's sporting the "let it all hang out" look. Well, maybe the "let it all grow out" look. Now you may think Brad Delson's look is unique, but I think he's emulating the great drummer from the band Boston - Sib Hashian (pictured left). A facial (and head) hair homage to the great uncontrollable hair of the 70s.

How long will this last? I'm guessing it comes off in the summer. Once the weather gets warmer that hair is going to be hot.

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May 4, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - JaMarcus Russell

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is none other than football's first draft pick JaMarcus Russell. We're talking first pick of the first round. First. JaMarcus was the quarterback from LSU and will now be playing from the Oakland Raiders. From his website:

JaMarcus Russell throws the ball with such velocity he has been known to break the fingers of his wide receivers.

That may be something he should work on.

But what doesn't need fixing is the facial hair. I call this the "implied goatee." There's the mustache, the chin scruff, and the creeping connectors, but it's left up to you to connect the dots. Always nice when facial hair becomes interactive. A great look for a star athlete. Save it. Unless of course he's superstitious. And then if he starts to slump it'll be time for a shave.

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April 20, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Sean Penn

seanPenn.jpgThis is an awful picture of Sean Penn. I'm not showing it because I dislike Sean Penn or the way he speaks his mind, I'm showing it because it's an example of the media picking the worst depiction of a person to use when someone has said something controversial. And I'm picking it because it's an example of a horrible mustache.


I mean, what was he thinking? Seriously, if you're going to speak publicly at a town meeting and say things which you know some people aren't going to like, at least look presentable. I'm not crazy about the hair, but that mustache has got to go. Is it real? It looks so manicured. Shave it!

Thankfully that's just want Mr. Penn did. Last night Sean Penn appeared on The Colbert Report in response to Stephen Colbert's Meta-Free-Phor-All challenge. Penn was sans-mustache, which probably gave him the edge despite Colbert's home turf.

Sean - no more mustaches. Unless it's for a movie.

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April 13, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kurt Vonnegut

KurtVonnegut.jpgIt seems so silly to sum up a man's life with a comment on his mustache, but here I go...

Author Kurt Vonnegut died two days ago. A celebrated author and World War II veteran, Vonnegut had a unique writing style often mixing science fiction, political satire, and personal experience. I first read Cat's Cradle and Player Piano in high school and have been a fan ever since. The world has lost one of the great literary voices.

And one the great mustaches. That's right. A great mustache. It's not often that I come out in favor of the mustache, but in Vonnegut's case it suits him to a tee. A perfect accent to the somewhat unruly hair, and the somewhat counter-culture writings and teachings. Being clean-shaven would have been a sign of conformity. And being scraggly bearded would have meant he was lost in the disassociated world of academia. Instead the mustache bridges the gap and allows him to live on the edge as an observer of all.

Well shaved, sir.

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April 6, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Presidents!

160px-William_Howard_Taft.jpgWith all this talk of presidential candidate and how much money they've raised, I thought it might be a good time to ask - Who was the last president to sport facial hair? Give up? Why it's our 27th president William Howard Taft, in office from 1909 to 1913. That means it's been almost 100 years since our last president with facial hair. What does can we glean from that? People with facial hair aren't as trustworthy? Or clean-shaven men are more likely to want to rule the free world.

Whatever it is, the trend seems likely to continue. The current list of Democratic and Republican 2008 presidential candidates shows an entirely clean-shaven field. I'm sure the pollster geniuses in the backrooms have determined that facial hair today is the kiss of death for a candidate.

Anyway, for a full run-down of all things presidential and facial-hair related, visit Nicholas Whyte's Facial Hair and Presidential elections site, filled with fun facts like

  • 1 election where a candidate with a moustache beat a cleanshaven opponent: 1908
  • 3 elections where a candidate with a beard beat a candidate with a moustache: 1864, 1880, 1888 (at least officially)
  • 1 election where both major candidates had moustaches: 1904

And in case all of you were wondering, the last president to have a full beard was Benjamin Harrison (1889 - 1893).

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March 23, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Henry Waxman

Lots of political scandals in Washington these days - Walter Reed, the Justice Department, and who was that CIA agent again? Oh yeah, Valerie Plame. Before this whole US Attorney firings blew up, we were being treated to testimony on who and why Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent was leaked. And leading that charge was California's 30th district Representative (the fightin' 30th!) Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Well today we're taking a break from all that probing and posturing, and instead pondering the protrusion on Waxman's upper lip. Yep, I'm talkin' 'bout the 'stache. Doesn't it make him look a little like David Cross's Tobias F√ľnke from Arrested Development? (Yeah, I just whipped out the umlaut.) Makes we wonder what he'd look like without it. Probably not a lot better, although slightly younger.

On the shave it or save choice I'm going to have to go with save it. Never thought I'd say that for a mustache, but I think he'd look even goofier without it. And what's that silly grin all about? These are tough, divisive times.

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March 16, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Brad Delp

bbfs.jpg70s rock and roll lost one of it's pioneers recently with the suicide of Brad Delp. Brad, or as my college friend Sonny used to call him - "The Human Vocal Chord" - was the lead singer of the band Boston. I probably listened to their albums a hundred times over back then. And more recently I've had the pleasure of seeing Brad and his latest band Beatlejuice, a Beatles cover band, as they often play at Johnny D's in Somerville MA. They sounded just like the fab four.

0.jpgThe upper right photo shows 70s Brad, rockstar curls, full beard and mustache. The lower right photo shows recent Brad, still sporting the hair (neck-length instead of shoulder-length) with full beard and mustache. A rocker aging gracefully. I'm not crazy about the mix of gray and brown, but I admire the boldness for not trying to hide it.

So sad.

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March 9, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Kevin Federline

kFedAndBritney.jpgThe saga continues!!! A couple weeks ago the country watched in shock and glee as Britney Spears shaved her head. Since then she's checked into rehab and called herself the antichrist, sparking endless speculation about her mental health. And now she's getting support from a most unlikely person - ex hubby K Fed.

That's right. In a show of solidarity, Kevin Federline has also shaved his head. I guess he's trying to distract us with his own crazy antics. It's like "Oh look, K Fed shaved his head. He's crazy! Britney who?" Or maybe it's more like "Well K Fed did it too, so it can't be that nuts. Maybe I should shave my head."

Here's one thing I think is particularly funny about this story. Despite K Fed's attempt at media deflection, his story is mostly being covered by such news sources as The Himalayan Times and the Miami Poetry Review. There's definitely something poetic about all this. Two star-crossed lovers...

So I've been writing this Celebrity Facial Hair column now for about a year, and Kevin Federline has the dubious distinction of being the first repeat profile. Back in November we featured K Fed when he was in the news for Britney and his divorce. Now the two are talking about getting back together. And who knows, maybe headshaving will become the new trend. Life certainly does has a funny way of working itself out.

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March 2, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Martin Scorsese

Can you name these fine four gentlemen? Let's see, there's big beard, no beard, thin beard, and squinty. Actually, this is a picture of directors Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at last week's Oscar awards, where Mr. Scorsese (beardless) walked away with the Best Director award for his latest masterpiece The Departed. Or, as we like to say in Boston, The Depahh-ted. Hmm... four tuxes. Four pairs of glasses. Three venerable, distinguished, gray beards. One Oscar. What does that say to you? Guess Oscar was in a clean-shaven mood this year. (Not that the others were nominated.) Anyway, congrats to Martin Scorsese on his win, and for being this weeks Celebrity (anti) Facial Hair Friday pick.
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February 16, 2007

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond)

Pr_Desmond.jpgHere's the great thing about being stranded on a deserted island - you can dispense with all those grooming formalities and go caveman. Of course the island isn't actually deserted. And there are some "others" who at some point appear to have been civilized. But whatever... when in the South Pacific, go all Tom Hanks in Cast Away.

This week's Celebrity Facial Hair Friday pick is Henry Ian Cusick, aka Desmond on the hit TV series Lost. To me he looks like a cross between Adrien Brody and a young Dustin Hoffman. This week's episode (spoiler alert!) focused on Desmond's post-button ESP. Don't watch the show? Mmm... It's a little hard to explain. Let's look at the beard.

Unkempt. Disheveled. Wild. And yet so attractive. Add a dash of Scottish accent and you've got a winner. I know all the men of Lost tend to have the same facial hair style (for good reason), but my personal favorite is Desmond. Save it. And when you're finally rescued, keep it as a reminder of your island life.

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