Rob Lowe 1980’s Teen Star and Bratpack member - (Hi Res)
Rob Lowe - 1980s
Rob Lowe was simply one of the biggest teen heartthrobs of the 80’s. His good looks caused thousands of girls (and boys) to swoon over the latest edition of Tiger Beat.
Rob would go on to star in some of the most memorable movies of the decade. ”The Outsiders” shot Lowe to stardom, and he immediately followed that memorable debut with such 80’s staples as “Class”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”,”Oxford Blues”, ”About Last Night”, and “The Hotel New Hampshire”. Those films would cement Lowe’s status as a member of Hollywood’s “Brat Pack”, Rob continued to act frequently in films and on tv throughout the 90’s and 00’s, on top of still being criminally good-looking.
Duff Mckagan of Guns and Roses - 1980s
McKagan grew up in the working-class U District of Seattle, the youngest of eight children born to Alice Marie and Elmer “Mac” McKagan. He has been called “Duff” since toddlerhood, which he referred to as “an Irish thing.” Following his parents’ divorce, his mother supported the family by taking a job as a typist. He was taught how to play bass by his brother Bruce, and he further developed his skills by playing along to the albums 1999 by Prince and Damaged by Black Flag.Although he was an honors student, McKagan dropped out of Roosevelt High School in the tenth grade and earned his GED.
Billy Idol - 1980s
The stage was set for the hugely successful ‘Rebel Yell’ in 1984. These early years were wild with Billy’s hell-raising antics generating as much (if not more) publicity than his music. An eight-track best-of, ‘Vital Idol’, was released in 1985 and the popularity of the live video of ‘Mony Mony’ on MTV kept him in the spotlight. 1986 saw a new release, ‘Whiplash Smile’ - it sold well and saw him nominated for a second Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (the first was for ‘Rebel Yell’), but some felt it failed to live up to expectations. Stevens left to form his own band shortly afterwords.
Billy Idol Hollywood CA - 1981
Along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol was one the first pop/rock artists to achieve massive success in the early ’80s due to a then brand-new U.S. television network, MTV. Mixing his bad-boy good looks with an appealing blend of pop hooks, punk attitude, and a dance beats, Idol quickly rocketed to stardom, before hard living derailed his career and almost proved fatal.
Billy Idol - 1980s
Idol’s solo career began with the EP titled Don’t Stop, which included the Generation X song “Dancing with Myself”, originally recorded for their last album Kiss Me Deadly, and a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells’ song “Mony Mony”. In 1982, Idol became an MTV staple with “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself”. In 1983, in an effort to introduce Idol to American audiences not yet as familiar with him as those in the UK, Idol’s label released “Dancing with Myself” in the US in conjunction with a music video directed by Tobe Hooper, which played on MTV for six months.
Billy Idol on the cover of Rolling Stone - 1985
It’s hard to imagine the 1980s music scene without Billy Idol. Just as MTV gained a foothold in the collective consciousness, along came a punk-rock James Dean, all bleach-blonde spikes and hundred-mile snarl. Sure, he’d gained some renown in Generation X and, briefly, Siouxsie and the Banshees, but it wasn’t ‘til “White Wedding” hit television screens in 1982 that Idol catapulted to superstar status. The black latex, gothic cathedral, and weird doctor/necromancer enraptured kids and enraged their parents. No one unwraps a headscarf quite like Billy Idol.