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Ziggy Stardust. The Most Successful Haircut in the History of Rock. Bowie Invents The Mullet.


David Bowie can be described as the innovator and inventor of many things. He invented, reinventing yourself. A one man version of Stars In Your Eyes. Tonight I'm going to be David Bowie. No not that on, the other one. He's credited with influencing entire musical movements, being fresh and open about sexuality and attacking the dressing up box with all the enthusiasm of a bus load of drag kings and queens on ketamine. In his heyday calling him unpredictable was a bit like saying 2020 had a couple of unexpected plot developments up its sleeve. But, it always surprises me that he is rarely credited for one of his most influential and enduring inventions. With the character Ziggy Stardust he invented the mullet. And not only that. As history he has shown, he appears to be the only living human to have ever made having one look cool. We need to jump back in time to see why the haircut came to be in the first place. For that we should consider Bowie's previous two LPs. On the cover of both The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory, Bowie had attempted to make provocations about sexuality. On the former he wore a dress. On the later he created a pastiche of Greta Garbo/Lauren Bacall. And nobody gave a flying one. Worse still Hunky Dory was a musical masterpiece, of massive commercial potential, and it got as much attention as a text message telling you you've won £200 quid to spend at Morrisons. So although the plan to provoke and present these ideas remained the same, drastic action was needed in how he was going to present it. Cue the Leper Messiah. Although Bowie himself took inspiration for the haircut from a photo he had seen of a female model in a magazine, the person who created it wasn't some high end stylist working the catwalks of Millan. Suzy Ronson (No relation to Mick) was actually David's mums go to hairdresser. Which she did every Thursday for a set and style. It was she, Peggy Jones, who suggested David should pay her a visit.

Ronson said she wasn’t sure she’d be able to pull off the look, though she told Bowie it was no problem at the time. Unfortunately, the result was initially not the stiff, perfectly coiffed look we’re all familiar with. Ronson said Bowie’s hair just flopped over to one side, to the dismay of them both. Explaining that the stylists had “no product in those days,” she ended up trying an anti-dandruff treatment she had previously used on women at her salon that “set hair like stone.” Bingo! Results achieved, she charged Mr Bowie a quid for her work and went back to her normal day. Had she put a patent on the style she'd probably have been able to afford a house next door to her spikey client.

There was one unforeseen element of the haircut that probably helped cement Bowie's intentions and send his career skyward (Well, that and the excellent music) The style he and Suzy had created could be adapted to suit both MEN and WOMEN. And the rest as they say is history. The impact is there for all to see. Not only in the bad fashion choices of generations to come, but also in the amount of hair products that would soon explode on the market that were created specifically for young'uns to erect their Barnet's with and imitate their hero.


Now here are some other mullets. Proving my original point that Bowie was the only one to ever pull it off.


  1. THE TRANSGENDER. Here we have someone from the 80's reinforcing the notion the haircut could be sported by both boys and girls, and in doing so, starting a campaign for transgender recognition decades before it was a thing.

2. THE " DOES IT HELP IF I ACCESSSORISE?"

Nope, it definitely doesn't.

3. THE MIDFIELDER MESSIAH.

Here Chris Waddle has a go at pulling off the Ziggy cut and reminding us all why the Indy kids were never good at sports, and the people who were good at sports were nobheads.


4. THE "PERHAPS IF WE EXPERIMENT?"

As long as those experiments don't involve torturing kittens. As this haircut would seem to suggest you're a fan of it.

5. THE MACHO MULLET.

What a disaster. Completely missing the point of Ziggy in the first place and making yourself look like a dick as you do so.

6. THE, "MAYBE CURLS WILL WORK?"

Maybe they will maybe they won't. Here Bowie demonstrates that cheekbones were also a factor in pulling off the look.

7. THE, "BUT I'M A ROCK STAR TOO!"

Yes you are. And despite your best intentions, nobody has ever really liked you.

8. THE TIGER KING.

Here the incorrectly monikered Joe Exotic sports the look that would make him so appealing to all his new friends in the prison he was about to be sent to. From the back you can pretend he's a girl.


9. THE, "BUT RED'S MY NATURAL COLOUR"

The wrong type of red mate.

10. THE COMEBACK.

Yup Bowie himself revisited the mullet in the 80's. And still he looks alright. The bastard.



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