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By Jon Chattman
There’s got to be something in the water in Australia. For whatever reason, a new star seems to be born from that country each year. Yesterday’s Nicole Kidman is today’s Naomi Watts. OK, that analogy doesn’t exactly make sense but let’s face it, we’ve been obsessed with Australia and its stars ever since Paul Hogan uttered the line “that’s not a knife, that’s a knife.” OK probably before that. Who could forget the late great singing and dancing machine queen Peter Allen? Continue reading
Doug Elfman did a piece on me and The Book of ‘Bert’ for the Las Vegas Review-Journal today. Check out a portion of it below and check the link.
There’s an upward trend of musicians rocking mustaches in Weezer, My Morning Jacket and other bands. In the eyes of the latest expert on lip hair, you can credit/blame one celebrity for this development: Las Vegan and Killers singer Brandon Flowers.
“Brandon is responsible for the new wave of young bands growing mustaches,” says Jon Chattman, co-author of the “Book of ‘Bert,”’ which documents the history and current events of celebrity ‘staches.
According to Chattman’s psychoanalyses, Flowers grew it to signal a new direction for himself and the band, so others are doing the same.
This is hardly the first time Vegas is mired in mustache. Chattman recalls boxing matches in the 1970s, when it was “almost mandatory” to wear one if you were a fighter.
There was also the late Robert Goulet’s “amazing” ‘stache when he performed on the Strip. Sammy Davis Jr. sported “a nice mustache.” And, obviously, there is Wayne Newton, whom Chattman faults for getting rid of his facial accent a while back.
“The way I look at Wayne Newton is the way I look at Alex Trebek. His mustache was his gimmick. It was a selling point, and then he shaved it off. He still has the fake tan, but,” Chattman says, “if you’re famous with the ‘stache, it’s hard to accept you without it.”