The 25 Most Cringeworthy Band Photos Of All Time
Marc Gordon - August 30, 2019


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.
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All young bands have big dreams of making it in the music industry. Unfortunately, many meet their demise before they ever make it out of the garage. While their music may never be heard, many left behind some truly iconic photographic evidence of their rockstar-lifestyle days. Here are some of our favorite awkward, uncomfortable, and absolutely hilarious photos of bands in their glory days.


The Velvet Underground


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Unlike the iconic rock band, The Velvet Underground, the band above seems to only have an affinity for *wearing* velvet. It’s a shame they didn’t find their audience, as their style truly could have influenced… dozens.



Back in Black


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Watch out AC/DC, because a new Black is back, and apparently this time it’s quite tasty. It’s unclear what type of band he plays with, but based on the accordion, we have high expectations.


Soul Sisters


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The McDonald Sisters may not have been appreciated in their prime, but if one thing is certain, it’s that in 2018 a song like “I’ve Got Confidence” would make an outstanding progressive anthem.



Digestive Distress


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The jury is still out on why a band named “Turds of Misery” didn’t make it to the big time. If anything, they certainly look like they can lay down some mean bass.


Scripture Sisters


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The Faith Tones clearly took some bold risks in their day. From their hairstyles to their no-nonsense songs like “Jesus Use Me”, these are three ladies that mean serious business.



Hair-way to Heaven


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Led Zeppelin would be proud of this awesomely adorned mix of glam-rock and heavy metal. While it’s unclear whether any of the members made it to the big time, their hair certainly reached heights that many have never dreamed of.


I Want Ken-dy


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Don’t expect to hear Ken’s major hits (whatever they may be) in the club or on the radio, because apparently, his songs are available by request only.



The Beach Boys


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No, it’s not the iconic 60s rock and roll band; this is a slightly different group of beach boys. All of their outfits combined likely make up enough clothes to cover one whole person!


Millie Jean


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It’s important to note that Millie Jackson doesn’t seem to have any relation to those other musically inclined Jacksons. But, she does seem to have a unique sense of creative expression…



Panic! at the Disco


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A band named “Childs Play” should not be wearing such tight clothing. While these guys certainly look like they can get their groove on at the disco, their unfortunate name might have been their downfall.


Joy Division


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One of The Dazzlers seems to be dazzling a bit less on this record. From the looks of it, “Lovely Crash” could also be the way they describe their own downfall.



ZZ Topless


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They got the hair right, that’s for sure, but we wouldn’t mind at least a few shirts to be present in a 5-member band. Also, what’s the guy in the jean shorts doing?


Thigh-way to Hell


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The pantsless look was a bold move for this aspiring rock band. From the neck up, they could pass for a slightly talented group, but unfortunately for them, the photo extends beyond the talking heads.



Street-Walk This Way


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Max Webster is a Canadian rock band that apparently made it big in the late 1970s. Their sophomore album, “High Class in Borrowed Shoes”, was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.




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Here’s to a band that truly puts the “Bra” in “Brainstorm”. For an album titled “Smile A While”, the photographer seems to have captured a band that is more likely to induce cringing rather than smiling.



Barenaked & Ladies


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Here’s a band that’s all about the G strings (referring to the guitar, of course). While it’s unclear why one member appears to lack clothing, it’s nothing a good g-string can’t cover up.


Fight For Your Right


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The Beastie Boys were a few years away from releasing their iconic hit when the record above was released, but it’s fair to say it could have been quite an influence on the 90s grunge band.



Uncomfortably Dumb


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They may be small, fat, AND beautiful, but they don’t seem like the sharpest notes in the composition. Along with mullets, we hope this band stayed in the 90s where they belong.


Mood Music


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What is most masterful about this particular piece of work is the “illustrated instructional booklet” that was enclosed with the record. I think the world is a better place for this record having maintained its amateur status.



Wouldn’t It Be Vice


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This ultra-bright German glam rock band made quite a splash in the late 1980s. Unfortunately, their bright colors faded almost as fast as their music did.


Choose Yourself


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Contrary to *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached”, Ava Kathleen seems to be all about the puppet life, as long as the puppet master is also the master of divinity.



Sweet Child O’ Mine


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We’re not sure who’s baby is seen in the photo above, or why a heavy metal band seems interested in dismembering its body parts, but man, can they rock some iconic face makeup!


Return of the Mack


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Live from the Open Face Sandwich Club (honestly, the only kind of club I’m interested in going to), Eddie Mack is back with new songs, naked women, and possibly even some hits!



Bohemian Chaps-ody


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Nothing screams “metal” more than a nice pair of leather chaps. While their fashion sense may be a bit peculiar, rumor has it that their sound was also *a bit peculiar*…


Nothin’ But A G String


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Snoop Dogg mastered the “g thing”, but it looks like Vincent Capretta is the master of the g-string. From those ultra-short jean shorts to an ill-fitting, ironic t-shirt, it doesn’t seem like anyone is looking at Vincent’s back.



Recorder Supporter


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If you’re looking for the perfect audio tape to learn how to play the recorder, look no further! “My Lips Are For Blowing” is the ideal record to learn all the classic recorder hits including Hot Crossed Buns and Jingle Bells.


Scary Gary


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You’ve heard of Cher, Prince, Madonna, and Sting, but there’s a new one-name act in town. Gary is here and, according to his record, he is getting down to business. What kind of business exactly? Well, guess you will have to listen to find out.






We’re not too sure what kind of Oasis this band is going for, but either way – it’s not working. People are probably more drawn away than they are drawn in. They might want to check out a new clothing designer for starters. Maybe a new makeup artist too.


Professional in Pink



This band perhaps received a suggestion that pink was professional, and that using it in their album cover would draw people towards them.  It seems as though this memo was meant for a female band however, because this isn’t really working for them.



Yucky in Yellow



We’re not quite sure if it’s the yucky neon yellow color that this band chose to wear, or the seriously uncomfortable sexual poses they are making towards each other that makes this album cover so terrible. We will go with the latter.


The Puzzling Pilz



The Pilz band is rather puzzling. They are not young, not hip, not trendy, and are not working it in this unfortunate album cover.



Hijacked Happiness



This band looks as though any happiness they may have had has been totally and completely hijacked.  Wonder what they music sounds like.


Belittling Beauty



If this is what Kevin Rowland calls beauty, then he has definitely belittled it and everything that beauty represents. Kevin, put on some clothing please. No one wants to listen to your music if you look this.



Radical Rodents



Somehow, riding on a rat is less than attractive. What ever happened to a horse? Or even an elephant? Since when did rodents become cool? Swamp Dogg, you need to re-think your marketing.


The Bathtub Brothers



It’s unclear what language the band’s name is in, and what the name is. But if we were to guess, it would be the bathtub brothers. Perhaps their music is both sensual and emotional about their family.



Fabricated Talent



Perhaps all these patterns and fabrics that this band is wearing is representing the fact that they are in fact merely a fabricated band.


Messed Up Meat



This all girl band definitely has some strong feelings about meat, although were not quite sure what kind of statement they are trying to make.  Either way, it’s messed up.



Creepy Carlos



Carlos perhaps wanted to show his fans a little bit of his personal life on his album cover. He could have kept it however a whole lot more PG, and also not taken a glass of his own bathtub water too.


Shameful Superman



When we think of Superman, we think of a strong, powerful, and heroic figure. This guy is a disgrace to everything that Superman represents.



Rejoice For Joyce



Let’s rejoice for Joyce.  She looks like she could really use the extra support to keep going.


Boxing In Boxers



With so much competition in the music industry, you’ve got to stand out and be unique.  And although these guys are clearly very fit, this look is not working.



Tacky Tank



Since this album cover isn’t English, we’re not too sure what kind of music it is.  But it’s safe to assume that it’s some kind of war music, and that it’s super awkward.


Meanwhile in the Mountains



Well, meanwhile in the mountains, this is what’s happening. Actually, it seems as though they never really made it to the mountains. The only thing they really made here is a bad Photoshop job and a seriously awkward band.



An Awkward Asylum



If this is what they call an asylum, then, well yikes.  Jasmin could start out with some new outfits, then deal with everyone else.


Project Pants-less



This tween boy band seems to have a very specific goal in their music – that would be reducing the wearing of pants.  This is not parental approved.