021215 The Urban Tracker (In Manila): Top 10 Iconic Androgynous Artist Of The 80's

80's androgyny figures
he roots of androgyny could be traced back in late 70's to early 80’s. With the transition of the era came the diversification in fashion and music. Experimentation and self-expression became inevitable, a pronounced pioneering movement. Thus saw the rise of androgyny, in explicit terms, connoting a fusion of feminism and masculinity in form of behavior, nuances, fashion, style described as non-conformist, a breakaway from stereotype.

In short, androgyny is just a projection intended to portray an image, a branding, or a style meant to discriminate a genre debunking a notion that the subject is supposed to be queer or gay in orientation. A common denominator of this trend is its verging on sensibilities and taste of both sexual tendencies or a switch of both ways that makes them distinctively enigmatic or peculiar.

Here are the top 10 iconic androgynous artist who made a trademark and rose to the peak of their career rising above the challenges of pop era highly saturated by hardcores and infiltrated 80’s with a bang.

10. Pete Burns of Dead or Alive (RIP)

In the mid 80’s, Dead or Alive aced a hit via “You Spin Me Around” at the height of British invasion. Pete Burns crossdressed and flipped arms on that video that complemented his blowered frizzy hair and that pirate eyewear did register a recall and easily ushered Dead Or Alive as another of those shocker hybrids of the 80's.

Androgynous HintsCross-dressing, Heavy Make-Up, Frazzled Hair, Hand Flip Gestures

9. Grace Jones

Grace Jones had been a peculiar figure in the late seventies with string of recording hits until she appeared in the bond film that cemented her as an effective iconic villainess in the 80’s. Not to mention her big frame, tall features plus her enigmatic fashion already gave her a strong iron resemblance plus a chiseled poker face. She kept that neat short army haircut plus her no-nonsense attitude making her presence more intimidating but not forgettable.

Androgynous Hints: Army Hair Cut, Hard Chiseled Poker Face, Robotic Countenance

8. Vince Neil of Motley Crue

80’s a salad decade with the rise of heavy metal rock bands, Motley Crue’s lead singer thought of dollying up himself with long blonde hair, crafted make-up and accessories that earned him the tag of the most beautiful rocker perhaps following David Lee Roth's antics. Rockers are known for their signature long locks but Vince Neil gave it a softer approach that is one reason that paved Motley Crue’s enduring success.

Androgynous Hints: Signature Blonde Long Hair, Heavy Make Up, Earrings

7. Andy Bell of Erasure

An image of a smalltown boy who awkwardly dances in gay pubs gave Andy Bell his mark as the other half of Erasure. Portraying that raw moves in the series of videos in white shirt, denim and blonde boyish typical of small town boy gave that heydays more sensible like their contemporaries Frankie Goes To Hollywood or Bronski Beat.

Androgynous Hints: Signature Gay Dancing Moves in denim and white shirt

6. Philip Oakey of The Human League

This Human League main man composer Philip Oakey intriguing and quirky ways could be his passion for fashion and music. His experimentation of using make-up, deep eye-shadow and lipstick, earrings coupled with girl back up members bannered and gave Human League that hunch to synthpop success in remainder of 80’s.

Androgynous Hints: Heavy Make Up, Earrings, Deep Eyeliners, Eye-Shadows and Lipstick

5. Robert Smith of The Cure

Robert Smith took another twist in image by trailblazing The Cure with that distinctive goth make-up, deep eye set, and a disorganized hair and some ridiculous moves took us to  another crossroads in music and fashion improvisation. If not for Robert Smith’s antics, The Cure wouldn't go down on history as just another of those rise and fall bands instead they defined 80's music revolution or rather evolution.

Androgynous Hints: Deep Eye Liners and Eye Shadows, Goth Make-Up, Disorganized Hair, Hand Flips, Emo and Ridiculous Moves

4. David Bowie (RIP)

The evolution of English composer-actor David Bowie starting on the glam rock era as alter ego Iggy Startdust night hold the key to the roots of androgyny in the rock era spanning four decades. In 80’s, he redefined himself neatly in Let’s Dance with the trace of his glam evolution but not departing from  his androgynous vulnerability when he came out with Blue Jeans in 1984. If pop experimentation and metrosexuality is the game, David Bowie already did it long before.

Androgynous Hints: Signature Blonde short hair, Fab Dressing

3. Annie Lennox of The Eurhythmics

When Eurthyhmics stormed the world in music scene in early 80’s, there’s a distinct contrast portrayed by Annie Lennox who came out neat with short hair and that unassuming look. Annie proved that to come out as a heralded pop female rock star, you don’t have to resort to resort to being ambiguous, flamboyant as her contemporary female rock star. She went on a success as solo in the 90’s , thanks to that boyish contrast.

Androgynous Hints: Short Haircut, Unassuming Hard Face

2. Prince (RIP)

Perhaps the most intriguing and mysterious pop star 80’s have seen could be Prince. This flamboyant pop icon made 80’s his playground on experimenting fashion, music and even moves that earned him his own niche  in this ever evolving and challenging music industry. He could be funky in his performance with his moves, dance but his flare for fashion penchant and sav always adheres to his music when he came out in 1984 with When Doves Cry from a movie and an album of same title. One word to describe - theatrical.

Androgynous Hints: Fashion Experimentation and Flamboyance, Eroticism

1. Boy George of The Culture Club

If there's one figure the pop culture is celebrating about was the reinvention of  George O’ Dowd or better known as Boy George of The Culture Club. It’s so easy to attribute androgyny when one recalls how intricate, outlandish Boy George set himself out in fashion. Unique and in character, that’s the Boy George brand that is hard to duplicate even up to now. So in the name of androgyny, (sorry Lady Gaga) Boy George is the  the hands-down top of pink pop mind.

Androgynous Hints: Goth Make-Up, Croisdrsssing, Flambouyant Fashion, Hand Movements

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