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Most Famous Mullets in Rock

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Who owns the most famous mullet in rock? It’s a tough question, because for decades now, some of music’s biggest stars have been rocking the two-tiered “business up front / party in the back” hairstyle.

Although it is mocked at least as often as it’s actually sported nowadays, the mullet (or if you prefer, the “Mississippi Mudslide,” the ‘Tennessee Tophat,” the “Wisconsin Waterfall,” or the “Canadian Passport”) hasn’t fully gone away. We’ll look at some of the rockers who helped bring the look into style back in the day, from Ron Wood‘s long-standing spikey number to the permed mastery of Van Halen‘s members.

The mullet first began appearing in the mid-to-late ’60s, grew in popularity throughout the ’70s, and really became part of the pop lexicon by the ’80s. The term dates back to the late 1800s when Mark Twain, while not specifically referring to a haircut, stated that Tom and Huck were afraid of being caught “mullet-headed” by Aunt Polly in ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’ It would start to pick up steam after George Kennedy’s character used it several times in the 1967 film ‘Cool Hand Luke.’

So know you know your mullet history. Whaddya say we take a gander at some of rock’s most famous mullets?

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