Who was the 80s? band with white pants and/or white belts?
February 19, 2010 11:30 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to remember the name of a band, among whose defining aesthetic characteristics was the prominent use of a band-wide? uniform including white pants and/or a white belt. Probably 80s? Maybe New Wave?

I wish I could provide more detail, but this is a hazy memory from, as like as anything, half-remembered stuff from a VH1 retrospective I watched at some point in the 90s. I don't think this is a band I ever really listened to, but my impression is that they were a fairly successful act in their time.
posted by cortex to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Was it (shudder) Angel? They were mid to late 70s, positioned as sort of the anti-KISS. Always wore all-white outfits. Not a huge domestic hit but they had a large following in Japan.
posted by jamaro at 11:44 PM on February 19, 2010


Skyy?
posted by hydrophonic at 11:52 PM on February 19, 2010


Talk Talk wore a lot of white, but so did a lot of New Wave bands.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 11:57 PM on February 19, 2010


I think I know the one you're talking about. (We had good seats. Don't you remember?)
posted by pracowity at 12:10 AM on February 20, 2010


Just saying thanks to pracowity for the link. God I love meFi.
posted by Logophiliac at 12:34 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


No good so far. I feel like this was a significant act, not at all obscure; I'm probably off in some detail or other, but band-wide white below-the-waist clothing article is definitely a key thing here and I feel like the belts were probably a key part of the aesthetic.
posted by cortex at 1:18 AM on February 20, 2010


KC and the Sunshine Band? I seem to recall them doing some white stuff w/bell bottoms, as well as colorful outfits.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:25 AM on February 20, 2010


Or Devo.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:26 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


We are of course not talking about the Bee Gees?
posted by dhartung at 1:39 AM on February 20, 2010


Johnny Hates Jazz?
posted by Jofus at 1:42 AM on February 20, 2010


I have an abiding memory of Jim Kerr from Simple Minds in an outfit similar to the one outlined above
posted by Jofus at 1:44 AM on February 20, 2010


Probably way off, but I first thought of the music videos for Addicted to Love and Simply Irrestistable, which feature a similar style to what you describe.
posted by sambosambo at 2:31 AM on February 20, 2010


I would second Devo. They seemed to like the "band-wide" uniform.
posted by Eumachia L F at 2:50 AM on February 20, 2010


If you hadn't said 80s, I would've said The Hives, but I'm going to put it out there anyway just in case.
posted by djgh at 3:01 AM on February 20, 2010


Jethro Tull wore outfits like that for one of their tours in the very early '80s. The album in question was sort of electronic in nature.
posted by AugieAugustus at 5:12 AM on February 20, 2010


No white belt, but uniform of white pants and white shirt made me think Wham! (and then immediately wish I could unthink that).
posted by bunnycup at 6:33 AM on February 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Big Audio Dynamite?
posted by Devoidoid at 7:18 AM on February 20, 2010


Wrong time frame but Urge Overkill did matching white pants and belts a lot.
posted by Babblesort at 7:23 AM on February 20, 2010


Dunno, but you might try asking at I Love Music.
posted by scratch at 7:41 AM on February 20, 2010


Maybe you're thinking of DEVO's alter egos, Dove the Band of Love? (Sorry, I couldn't find a picture.)
posted by cropshy at 8:43 AM on February 20, 2010


Above the belt, but Huey Lewis and the News all wore white t-shirts.
posted by cog_nate at 8:55 AM on February 20, 2010


In The Knack's video for my Sharona aren't they wearing white pants/belts?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:59 AM on February 20, 2010


My first thought was also Devo.
posted by willpie at 9:00 AM on February 20, 2010


re: Knack-- nope i was wrong.

it seems to me like it could just be a mass hallucination caused by andrew wk
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:24 AM on February 20, 2010


Haircut 100? Kajagoogoo?
posted by sproggie at 10:23 AM on February 20, 2010


That's all ya got? White belts OR white pants?? Come on!

The Hooters was the first band that popped into my head.
posted by iconomy at 12:16 PM on February 20, 2010


Ah-Ha?
posted by rikschell at 2:08 PM on February 20, 2010


According to their wikipedia page, the Beach Boys wore "blue/gray-striped button-down shirts tucked into white pants as their touring 'uniforms.'" between 1962 and 1966.

Also, it's definitely not A-ha.
posted by axiom at 5:46 PM on February 20, 2010


Style Council?
Haircut 100?
Heaven 17?
Funboy Three?
posted by turbodog at 10:52 AM on February 23, 2010


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