For many, face paint, costumes and outrageous personas only surface on All Hallows’ Eve. These bands, however, keep up the gambit year-round for their fans – no matter the effort. Rolling Stone selects of some of the most haunting and unforgettable.
When the anything-goes bandleader George Clinton implored his musicians to "come as you are," they took him at his word: longtime bassist Bootsy Collins is famous for his outlandish outfits, and the late Gary Shider earned his nickname as "The Diaperman."
The good-time disco group took its stage appearance from the gay community's love of men in uniform – construction worker, cop, Native American, leather fetishist.
The guitar virtuoso is known for his unique look, wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and a facemask inspired, he has said, by Michael Myers in Halloween 4.
Amazingly, members of Genesis have said they were not under the influence of any particular narcotic during their early years as a wildly theatrical stage act.
This ska and New Wave band from California have adopted on onstage persona as average-sized superheroes.
This wildly costumed Australian band was in a bind when its signature swordfish masks were stolen.
The hardcore metal band took to wearing anonymous serial-killer-style masks so they could "crawl inside" their music.
These conceptual punks arrived in matching HazMat suits and reached the height of their fame in the early MTV era wearing flowerpots on their heads.
In addition to their grotesque comic book costumes, Gwar spice up their shows with parodies of celebrities and politicians.
They're "wicked clowns": "Fuck keepin' it real – we just keep it entertaining."
The French duo claim their outfits are no joke – they became robots after a studio explosion.
And the granddaddies of them all . . .