Monday, November 8, 2010

The 6 Most Theatrical Frontmen of All Time (Pulp Is Reuniting This Summer, BTW)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Jarvis Cocker's right hand has to be the most charismatic appendage in all of rock 'n' roll, the way his bony fingers splay outwards and then curl into some emphatic gesture, like how I imagine a witch would beckon children to come closer. To think his index finger could point at you during the climatic "I want to sleep with common people like you" part of their shows this summer... At least if you have plans to attend Barcelona's absurdly amazing Primavera Sound or London's Wireless Festival where, if you haven't heard, the band's original lineup will reunite to play "songs from all periods of their career" (the 1995 single "Common People" undoubtedly included). More dates are to be announced, singling the start of summer festival speculation — um, Coachella? — and this L Mag homage to a dying breed: the theatrically, dramatically, grandly gesticulating frontman. Take a look after the jump for the cream of the crop, then rank them! Note: Kevin Barnes and David Bowie surprisingly suck at hand gestures, so this stuff is harder than it looks.


Iggy Pop:

Mick Jagger:


David Byrne:

Wayne Coyne:

Ranked, according to me:
1. Jarvis Cocker
2. David Byrne - his touchdown jesus pose is unlike none other
3. Eminem - he seems to get into it more than other rappers
4. Iggy Pop
5. Mick Jagger - upper body movement is relatively subpar I'm afraid, but check out that fancy foot shuffle
6. Wayne Coyne, if only because he has a seriously unfair advantage in the video

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