|This is a gallery of the evolution of my fashion and hairstyles.|
|I have no shame.|
|This shot is from around 1972.
I've got red and purple pants, a pony-tail, and an all-aluminum guitar. You would smile too.
This guitar came with a small battery-powered amp. It did not use a standard instrument cable to plug in, but instead had a piece of yarn with a giant SUCTION CUP on the end of it. I can't imagine how it made any sound. But with a giant suction cup to play with, who needs sound?
|I was a big fan of the Osmond Brothers and the Jackson 5 around this time. For some reason, I thought that I looked like Michael Jackson if I wore a vest.
The banjo belonged to my dad. Neither of us could play it. There would be no bluegrass in the Gilbert household.
|Wearing my "cowsuit" bathrobe around 1978.
Tongue out, hair feathered, ready to rock.
|Another tongue shot. I had just figured out how to bend a string, and it took all my concentration.
I had an iron-on "DiMarzio Pickups" logo on the back of my green jacket. I wore this jacket everyday for about two years.
Perms are in.
I think the bass player and I are way ahead of the game with our Pearl Jam flannel.
And DAMN, I've got my SG down LOW!!
|I had only been in L.A. for three days, when I discovered my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This was late 1984, so you can see the 80's influences. New Wave blazer with the sleeves rolled up. Permed hair with bangs. And running pants and shoes because in the 80's you always had to be ready to run, kick-ass, and maybe do some break-dancin'.
|In RACER X, the band and I started to concoct our own groundbreaking fashions.
A leather "fringe" jacket always goes well with a pointy pink fringe guitar.
|Los Angeles, 1987.|
|In MR. BIG, we got a budget and a professional designer to help us look our best. I had just designed the first Ibanez PGM guitar with "f-holes", and I wanted a matching suit.
Our designer later went on to make all of Marilyn Manson's clothes. If you ever see Marilyn Manson wearing f-holes, you will know that he stole the idea from me.
|This was actually one of the least expensive suits I ever had made.|
|The perfect perm doesn't come easy.
It takes years of practice, constant maintainance, and those embarrassing hours in the salon with curlers in your hair.
But in the end, it's all worth it.
|If it's worth doing, it's worth OVERDOING!|
|I found this velvet robe at an antique shop in Maine. I was far from Seattle in more ways than one.|
|Bright yellow WINGER shorts, and black high-tops go well with the green and pink guitar.|
|A real beaver-skin hat, super-tight stretch jeans, a "Just Say Moe" t-shirt, and bowling shoes are always a good look.|
|OK, it's the 90's. Perms aren't cool anymore, so what do we do?
Uh, nothing I guess.
And it grew, and grew, and grew...
|Looking sporty with my hockey jersey, and imitation Paul McCartney guitar.|
|I did an ad for Ampeg amps. The copy read something like this: "I use Ampeg amps because PUNKY MEADOWS used Ampeg amps." And of course, I had to dress up like Punky.|
|Can you make pants and a jacket out of cassette tape? Yes you can.|
|We all live in a Yellow Submarine.|
|Or how about some green vinyl?|
|Scott Travis looks great in this photo. So does "Cotton Candy".
But take a closer look on the left.
I am dressed in my Electric Bat costume, and you can see the rocket engine on my back.
|It's actually a bundt cake pan.|
|The Great Transformation.
I got a respectable haircut and bid America farewell by playing the National Anthem on my balcony to an audience of unsuspecting neighbors. A week later I was off to Japan to see if I could learn to speak the language.
|Back in the states, I rented this yellow VW while my car was being repaired. A fuscia wall and bright green leather jacket made me glad I had car trouble.|
|More pink and green. You can take the man out of the 80's, but you can't take the 80's out of the man.|
|This is Melba from Singapore playing his Ibanez PGM guitar.
I thought I had tried all the cool fashions, but obviously he's got me beat.
|Finally, here is Keith Partridge.
If I only could look as cool as Keith Partridge.
|And remember, DO NOT wear "Dockers".
Those pleats are Satan's work.