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The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Photos

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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 4:30 AM

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By Daniel Hill

Here at West Coast Sound we see literally one shitload of press photos every week. Many of them stick to a template: Gather all band members together, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure no one smiles, ever. Have the artists try to look thoughtful, but also like they are not trying to look like anything.

But every now and again a press photo comes along that is actually interesting....or awesome, or terrible, or all of these things. These are the ones that actually remain in our brains when the work day is done. Without further ado, here are the 15 most ridiculous press photos we've seen this year.

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15. Nicki Minaj

Ms. Minaj has had plenty of notable press photos in the past, but this one is funny because at the time that it was released (concurrent with her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded record), Minaj had been stating in interviews that she had made a conscious decision to "tone down the sexiness" in order to be a proper role model for young girls. Which clearly she achieved by, you know, donning a bikini and rolling around in a bunch of paint.

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14. Dark Funeral

Only a Swedish black metal band could get away with wearing these ridiculous get-ups, and I'd argue that even they cannot. File under "Dork Funeral."

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