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Mustachioed Music Men

It’s that time of year when men can let their whiskers flow while supporting a good cause. Movember (aka No Shave November) is a chance for guys to grow illustrious mustaches while spreading awareness for prostate cancer.

Outside of this magical month, great men throughout history have groomed their faces to epic stature. Among those men, musicians, namely rock stars; have adorned some of the most notable mustaches of all time. From bushy cookie dusters to pencil thin crumb catchers, here are five musicians with memorable mustaches.

By Matt Heidkamp - matt@citizenbrooklyn.com
Photo © Jurgen Reisch

Photo © Jurgen Reisch

5. The Facial Hair Formerly Known as a Mustache – Prince
Genre: Grimey-lipped Funk
Prince’s porno ‘stache is no doubt the force that drove the artist’s status as a sex symbol throughout the 80’s. It’s as well groomed as it is effeminate and dangerous—making it one of the most complicated mustaches to comprehend in all of rock history. Some time throughout his illustrious career, the purple rainmaker developed a female alter ego named Camille and planned to make a movie about his transition to womanhood, sans the facial hair. Thankfully, he scrapped the project and kept the facial hair formerly known as a mustache.

Courtesy of zingzoo.com

Courtesy of zingzoo.com

4. The Fresh ‘Stache of Bel Air – Will Smith
Genre: Well Kempt Rap
Will Smith’s mid-90’s mustache was much like his rap career: squeaky clean and parent-approved. If you were a suburban kid in the days of Will’s Bel Air reign, your parents probably disallowed most rap music, but not Big Willie. He was the good guy rapper with the classic flattop and unassuming mustache that you could bring home to Mom. Everybody’s gettin’ jiggy with it.

Photo © Peter Torok

Photo © Peter Torok

3. The Queen Behemoth – Freddy Mercury
Genre: Stadium ‘Stache Rock
Queen might be known best for Bohemian Rhapsody, but Freddie Mercury will always be known for his mustache. His voice was pretty good too, I guess. The Merc-stache first appeared in 1980, much to the disproval of fans, who sent hundreds of disposable razors to Queen’s office.

Courtesy of Crownsbowns.com

Courtesy of Crownsbowns.com

2. The Motörchops – Lemmy from Motörhead
Genre: Full Faced Speed Metal
No man has ever been more deserving of the mustache and muttonchops combo as Lemmy. At nearly seventy years old, Motorhead’s maniac drinks a bottle of Jack a day (everyday since he was 30), smokes like a chimney and (I’m pretty sure) is still an avid speed user. Doctors marvel at how the hell this guy is still alive. The secret: Lemmy’s whiskey soaked whiskers and a crystal meth-stache have grown a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, and have formed a protective shield around his orifices, sufficiently keeping him out of harms way. It’s the proverbial ace (of spades) up his sleeve.

Courtesy of charliesteiner.com

Courtesy of charliesteiner.com

1. The Zappa Mustache (TM) – Frank Zappa
Genre: Epic
Without a doubt, the greatest mustache in rock, nay music, history, is Frank Zappa. The burly caterpillar atop his upper lip and the oversized rectangular soul patch below are so prominent that his estate holds a trademark on the look. Seriously. Every time a Brooklyn hipster attempts to grow a mustache, Dweezil Zappa get’s a dollar. Zappa’s ‘stache will go down as the greatest facial hair arrangement in rock history. It’s a nosebush deserving of the great musical talent that emulated out of Frank’s fingers.

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