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

80's androgyny figures
racing the revolution called 'androgyny' could have its roots with the diversification of fashion and music from 60's to early 80’s. 

Experimentation and self-expression evolved and led to this trend in the era that saw the movement and rise of the pop gender benders

In a nutshell, an androgyny is an act connoting a fusion of feminism and masculinity in form of behavior, nuances, fashion - usually non-stereotype. Not to be confused with gender orientation, it is rather a form of role-playing or a projection intended to portray an image, a branding, or a style. Even straight rock artists resorted to androgyny to portray an image to achieve peculiarity eventually gaining leverage. Being androgynous is part of an artistic expression or entertainment value that hinges on sensibilities, nuances, and taste of both sexual tendencies or a switch in both ways 

Hence, we arrive counting the top 10 iconic androgynous artists who rose to the peak of their career exhibiting the trademark and rising above the challenges of pop era highly saturated by hardcore 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 cross-dressed and flipped arms on the video that complimented his blow-dried frizzy hair with the pirate eyewear that did register a recall and easily ushered Dead Or Alive as another of those shocker hybrids of the 80's.

Androgynous HintsCross-dressing, Heavy makeup, Frazzled Hair, Hand Flip Gestures


9. Grace Jones

Grace Jones had been a peculiar figure in the late 70's with a string of recording hits until she appeared in the Bond franchise that cemented her as an effective iconic villainess in the 80’s. Not to mention her towering frame, tall features added to her enigmatic fashion already gave her a strong iron resemblance along with a noted chiseled poker face. Her no-nonsense attitude with a neat army cut made her presence more intimidating but always memorable.

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 makeup and accessories that earned him the tag as 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 making Motley Crue's leaving a mark in 80's rock.

Androgynous Hints: Signature Blonde Long Hair, Heavy makeup, Earrings


7. Andy Bell of Erasure

An image of a small town boy who awkwardly dances in gay pubs gave Andy Bell his distinct mark as the other half of Erasure. Portraying that raw moves in the series of videos in a white shirt, denim and blonde boyish typical of a small-town boy gave the pop-synth group comparable to the likes of 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 frontman composer Philip Oakey intriguing and quirky ways could be his passion for both fashion and music. With his use of makeup (deep eyeshadow, earrings, and lipstick) cloning his female back up members bannered the group as another story of British music invasion in the remainder of 80’s.

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


5. Robert Smith of The Cure

Robert Smith adapted another twist of an image by trailblazing The Cure with that distinctive goth makeup, deep eye set, and a disorganized hair and some ridiculous moves took us to another crossroads in music and fashion improvisation. If not for his antics, The Cure wouldn't go down in history as just another of those rise and fall bands instead they defined 80's music revolution or rather its ambiguous 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 transition of English composer-actor David Bowie starting in the glam rock era as an alter ego Iggy Stardust might 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. To talk about pop experimentation and metrosexuality, David Bowie already did it way ahead.

Androgynous Hints: Signature Blonde short hair, Fab Dressing


3. Annie Lennox of The Eurhythmics

When Eurythmics stormed the 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. She proved that to come out as a heralded pop female rock star, there's no need to resort to being ambiguous nor flamboyant unlike here contemporaries. She went on a success as a 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 or should be Prince. This flamboyant pop icon made 80’s his playground on discovering his sense of fashion, music and even moves that earned him his own niche that made music industry even more challenging. He orchestrated a funky stage trademark, fashion penchant, a trailblazing move with his 1984's movie and soundtrack Purple Rain. So theatrical for a pop life.

Androgynous Hints: Fashion Experimentation and Flamboyance, Eroticism



1. Boy George of The Culture Club

If there's one relevant figure, 80's pop culture highly celebrated and referenced, that was no doubt, it's the reinvention of George O’ Dowd or better known as Boy George of The Culture Club. Androgyny in all its aspects to recall how intricate, outlandish Boy George set himself out in fashion. Unique and in character, nobody could perhaps duplicate the boldness not until Lady Gaga. Boy George is and will be 80's  hands-down top of pink pop mind.

Androgynous Hints: Goth Make-Up, Crossdressing, Flamboyant Fashion, Hand Movements