Why did Allan Clarke insist on frequently performing bare chested throughout the 70s?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Cookary02, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. Cookary02

    Cookary02 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It's always seemed a bit odd to me, and surely stood out a bit at the time. Can anyone explain his motivations?
    bzfgt likes this.
  2. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    He was trying to compete with Roger Daltrey? ;)


    And even more recently:

  3. Cookary02

    Cookary02 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hollies and Who weren't exactly going for the same market by the seventies though :sigh:
  4. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    True. But sex appeal sells.
  5. jwoverho

    jwoverho Senior Member

    Mobile, AL USA
    Gotta give Rog credit for being in incredible shape at any age!
    willy, somnar, Sevoflurane and 18 others like this.
  6. Billo

    Billo Forum Resident

    Southern England
    The bare chest image was probably the same reason Allan Clarke next began wearing Donny Osmond's style stage clothes , had the frizzy perm and wore earring

    compare Clarke's far better (for his age) 'cool' shirt, jeans and jean jacket look on say the cover of 'Hollies Greatest vol 2' album in 1972...

    ....to his utterly absurd 'trying to appear hip' look on say 'Hollies Live Hits' rear cover pic of 1976

    the bare chested look was part of his 'Macho image' idea I suspect - coming just as the years caught up with him looks wise made even worse by Tony Hicks and Terry Sylvester each looking younger and dressing with sense and style back then...!
    willy, longdist01 and tug_of_war like this.
  7. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    Collingswood, NJ
    Silly me — I thought this was a music forum, not Playgirl or Tiger Beat!
  8. Cookary02

    Cookary02 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Guess that all makes sense - his efforts to remain relevant certainly do seem a bit pointless in the face of Tony Hicks seemingly hardly aging from 20 through 50!

    It's a shame they were stuck with Clarke, really, I think - Rickfors was a lot younger, cooler and better-sounding - particularly in terms of being ready for AOR and Stadium rock, as well as being as strong a songwriter and probably a better guitarist. I get the feeling Clarke had quite the ego.
  9. piston broke

    piston broke Forum Resident

    At least he could put a shirt on - but the perm was absurd.
    sewerdog and longdist01 like this.
  10. rediffusion

    rediffusion Forum Resident

    ...although not as absurd as Bobby Elliott’s wig.
  11. jwoverho

    jwoverho Senior Member

    Mobile, AL USA
    We could probably do a whole thread on rock stars of the 70s and their bad perms.
  12. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    Loads of frontmen went bare-chested in the seventies.
    Jack Lord and dkmonroe like this.
  13. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Ok, I’ll bite...after the aforementioned and Robert Plant, who?
  14. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Audient

    Jim Dandy from Black Oak Arkansas. Freddie Mercury from Queen. Mark Farner from Grand Funk. Give me a while, I could think of more...
  15. Scott S.

    Scott S. Just a singer in a rock and roll band

    Walmartville PA
    mce homophobe thread.
    Ben Adams and crispi like this.
  16. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    St. Catharines, ON
    Maybe not the absolute bottom of the thread barrel, but certainly close.
    Fullbug, goodiesguy, OldSoul and 4 others like this.
  17. Cookary02

    Cookary02 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Has gone a little off course, I'll admit. What can you do, need to keep posting after all.
  18. Finchingfield

    Finchingfield Forum Resident

    Henrico, Va
    Loads of UK acts were wearing bad perms even back in the 60s, including Allan Clarke, members of Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move...

    Sure glad loads of others did NOT try it...
  19. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist


    Fullbug, goodiesguy, DTK and 3 others like this.
  20. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Non-essential

    I used to wonder what there would be left to talk about after we got Beatles remasters.

  21. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    Because it was the 70s.
    somnar, 905, longdist01 and 3 others like this.
  22. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
    It was the law.

  23. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
    ...and Mark Farner and Iggy Pop.
  24. Bonddm

    Bonddm Forum Resident

    Demis Roussos put’s ‘em all to shame!
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2018
  25. Catfish Stevens

    Catfish Stevens Forum Resident

    Anoka, MN
    Incandescent stage lights were very hot. People would start the show fully clothed and remove the shirt after it became too soaked to wear.

Share This Page