Let’s start with my personal favorite in this contest, John Wetton. As some of you know, I’m a hair guy. A good head of hair on a man’s man is a gift that should be treated with care and respect – and no fear of adding a little flair. Wetton’s long known how to treat his wavy head of hair, keeping it properly conditioned and utilizing cascading layering effects that even made the most of the piss-poor hairstyles that became fashionable in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Of course, the Sexiest Man in Prog-Rock needs to bring more than a thick mane of hair to the table. Everyone knows that quiet confidence among peers is sexy. Should the Sexiest Man in Prog-Rock be able to rock a beard? It may not be a requirement, but Wetton’s got the goods. And still photos only tell a small part of the story. That’s Wetton in the above clip pulling dual-doubleneck duty with his first prominent band, Family! Even wielding one of two doubleneck guitars in the band, you can’t take your eyes off the guy on the left, can you?
Along with his best-known band, Asia, and his work in post-King Crimson prog-rock extension band U.K., don’t forget that Wetton did time in the hyper-stylish Roxy Music, a band notorious (for Wetton) for not really including the bass player as a full-time member. John is not only in Roxy Music band photos from his time with them, he’s not coincidentally positioned in this group shot as one of Bryan Ferry‘s wingmen. Despite his rugged prog sex appeal, Wetton was never one to flaunt it when matched with homely bandmates, as seen here in this band shot with Uriah Heep. He’s more of a complimentary prog-rock sex symbol, more Colin Firth than Hugh Grant, if you will.
Next, warm, fun-loving Chris Squire…