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When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

on April 29, 2014, 3:39pm

Before you were the latest version of yourself, all self-assured in your chosen cultural aesthetic and hip little haircut, you were no doubt an awkward young person with awful clothes and an equally terrible bowl cut. (News Editor Chris Coplan dyed his tips blonde and wore baggy sweaters; I looked like a metrosexual Harry Potter.) Luckily, many of your favorite bands and artists started out very much the same way: before they slapped on the demonic makeup, wore a nice tailored suit, or found the miracle of hair product, these same musicians were all young and fresh-faced, ready to tackle their dreams of stardom head-on. Some have remained nearly as youthful and exuberant, while others are clearly on a different path than they began. Still, with our little gallery, one universal truth does emerge: real superstars aren’t born, they first must throw away their JNCO pants.

Get ready for a little “awws” and enthusiastic laughter. And a special thanks to the Internet, for preserving all of our most embarrassing moments ad infinitum.

Nine Inch Nails:

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Source: Loudwire

Kanye West:

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Source: thephoenixmag.com

Elvis Costello:

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Source: blog.studio-istanbul.net

The Black Keys:

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Source: goldderby.com

Arctic Monkeys:

Arctic-Monkeys

Source: pelomundo.radio.br

The National:

nation When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: the-national.musicnewshq.com/

The Strokes:

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Source: neontommy.com

Modest Mouse:

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Source: Pat Graham via fecalface.com

The Flaming Lips:

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Source: weirdestbandintheworld.com/

Beyoncé:

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Source: glamour.com

Beck:

beck When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: freeinfosociety.com

Björk:

bjork young

Source: 14142.net

Lorde:

lorde When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: straitstimes.com

Motorhead:

motorhead young

Mumford and Sons:

mumford and sons

Source: End of the Road Festival

Neko Case:

neko case

Source: alwaysontherun.net

Skrillex:

skrillex When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: kilahnoez.blogspot.com

The Shins:

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Source: swottli.com

Foo Fighters:

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Source: collegetimes.com

PJ Harvey

pj harvey young

Source: fanpop.com

Kate Bush:

kate bush young

Source: flickr

Phish:

phish When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: Grantland

St. Vincent:

st vincent young

Source: Pitchfork

Damon Albarn:

damon albarn

Source: tropicalmum.com

OutKast:

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Source: Tumblr

Andrew Bird:

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Source: Fuck Yes Andrew Bird

Superchunk:

superchunk When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

Source: captainsdead.com

Thurston Moore and Kurt Cobain:

 

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Source: Miami New Times

Henry Rollins:

henry rollins

Source: Tumblr

Animal Collective:

animal collective

Source: AnCo Appreciation

Tom Waits:

tom waits

Source: UnCut

Daft Punk:

daft punk

Source: HitFix

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