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When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

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    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:

    kanye young

    Source: thephoenixmag.com

    Elvis Costello:

    costelloerarlypromo When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    Source: blog.studio-istanbul.net

    The Black Keys:

    black keys flat new1 When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    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:

    thestrokes3 When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    Source: neontommy.com

    Modest Mouse:

    modest mouse

    Source: Pat Graham via fecalface.com

    The Flaming Lips:

    flaminglips1983 When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    Source: weirdestbandintheworld.com/

    Beyoncé:

    beyonce1998 When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    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:

    the shins

    Source: swottli.com

    Foo Fighters:

    foo fighters

    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:

    outkast2 When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    Source: Tumblr

    Andrew Bird:

    andrew bird

    Source: Fuck Yes Andrew Bird

    Superchunk:

    superchunk When They Were Young: Photos of Your Favorite Bands

    Source: captainsdead.com

    Thurston Moore and Kurt Cobain:

     

    thurston kurt

    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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