Please, Look at This Drummer Embodying Eighties Grunge

Feathered hair, leather jacket and a Corvette kit car? Checks all around.

The cool thing about “cool” is that it takes all kinds. All along the road, trash to treasure, there is cool. On the fancy side of the spectrum sits Psy and “Gangnam Style” and diamonds and Rick Ross and Cadillacs. Shiny, expensive. On the gritty side? This. This man right here. This is Carmine Appice, a rock ’n roll drummer who has played behind the likes of Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd and Sly Stone. In 1982, he found himself in this photo shoot, which embodies post-industrial urban grit: broken televisions, a poorly-made kit car and a leather jacket, all set in an alleyway enclosed by barred windows. Appice’s richly feathered hair and oiled moustache play counterpoint to the the graffiti and stained pavement. His body language says, “Yeah.” The city, of course, is Detroit.

Upshot? You just might be cool, too.