Jul 242012

Who’s your rock ‘n roll doppelganger? What rocker have you been compared to, or what rocker do you see when you look in the mirror?

As well, real or imagined, what rock ‘n roller’s face do you put to the words of a fellow Townsperson? For instance, in the above clip by The Shadows, I see Hrrundivbakshi in lead guitarist Hank Marvin. Not HVB’s face, but plop a pair of oversized British Prime Minister specs and a tuxedo on the real HVB and my man would have himself a good start on a hip rock ‘n roll-themed Halloween party. It’s his overall RTH Aura that I see in Marvin. Look at Marvin’s calm, collected confidence as he plays the twangy melody from “Apache” and tell me if you don’t see the threads and comments forming from the hands of our resident Master of Fun and Games.

Hrrundivbakshi's next Halloween outfit.


  46 Responses to “Our Rock ‘n Roll Doppelgangers”

  1. ladymisskirroyale

    Not that she’s a rocker, really, but in many photos I think I resemble Christine McVie.

  2. mockcarr

    To link things, Hrrundi has likened my appearance to Chris Stamey. I blame it on a cleft chin and poor posture.

  3. The Great 48 or HVB once pointed to Everything But the Girl’s Tracy Thorn as my rock doppelganger. I was hopeful that this thread would offer the opportunity for Townspeople to cut up on each other, if need be, in similar fashion. Oh well. I won’t apply the RTH FLOP tag just yet…

  4. That’s a good one. I can see that!

  5. Ah, I was having trouble remembering who I have equated you with the couple of times I’ve seen you play! It’s an old friend named John Popovics, who played bass for us for a few years. I can see the Stamey comparison too.

  6. Sadly, as has been noted, my closest rock doppelganger is the guy from Tenacious D who isn’t Jack Black.

  7. cherguevara

    Back when my hair was longer and before he started rocking the receding hairline and mustache, I was occasionally told that I resembled Nick Cave. The accuracy of that probably varied day-to-day.

  8. hrrundivbakshi

    Wow, I step away from RTH for 48 hours and miss a thread of epic importance! Thanks for the Hank Marvin shout-out. For those of you wondering exactly where *I* see the attitudinal likeness — skip ahead to 1:19. Now THAT is some seriously understated, yet powerfully masculine, mach schau! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to pull something as cool as that off on-stage.

  9. hrrundivbakshi

    Sorry, that was supposed to be the 1:12 mark.

  10. cherguevara

    Also, when I was in high school I had a baggy suit I bought at the Village Thrift store. I wore it whenever I had to look formal, even though it was pretty casual as suits go. We had a math teacher who I thought tried too hard to be “with it” and when he told me my suit made me look like Phil Collins, I thought even less of him.

  11. hrrundivbakshi

    Looking like Phil Collins in high school would be tough. Sorry to hear about this.

  12. cherguevara

    Well, at least it was the suit and not the hair. He was off the mark – though I’m certain I didn’t look half as cool as I thought I did.

  13. I can’t think of anyone especially since I have a decidedly un-rock and roll look.

    In my 20s I used to hear Matthew Broderick. Fairly recently I had some Zappa-esque facial hair and a few people said I looked like an actor named Timothy Olyphant. I had to look up who that was and I didn’t see the resemblance at all.

  14. ladymisskirroyale

    We always thought more like Jim Nabors…

  15. 2000 Man

    Timothy Olyphant is cool. Justified is a great show.

    I don’t look like any rockers. When I was a kid I looked like everyone. Long hair, flannel shirt over Rock band T shirt, Levi’s Big Bells and work boots. I liked that look mostly for its practicality. Lot’s of storage! layers for heat and/or cold! Give your flannel to a girl that appears cold and make a new friend! I felt redeemed when grunge came along and they all dressed like me, even though I hadn’t dressed like that in forever.

    My doppleganger is Mike Meyers. People that don’t even know me have said that. I’m older, so he looks like me, but the Wayne character really looked almost exactly like me at one point.

  16. pudman13

    More than one person have told me I look like Robyn Hitchcock. I have never made love to a loaf of bread, however.

  17. pudman13

    P.S. I think I look (or looked, when I was 15) more like the guy in my avatar, David Branyan of the Scruffs.

  18. underthefloat

    When I was young I had this weird 8 month period or so where a bunch of people told me I looked like John Davidson. It was just weird period and then it stopped. I knew it wasn’t really an insult or anything but COME ON…How un-Rock-N-Roll is THAT!?!?!

    But, I guess I still don’t look very Rock N Roll…no one comes to mind for me….

  19. Young Chickenfrank equals young Keith Richards.

  20. Although I have no idea what these people actually look like, you comport yourself like the lead fuitarust for Lucinda Williams or the guy who did that “Wicked Games” sing.

  21. Unfortunately, old Chickenfrank looks like old Keith Richards.

    Actually, you’ve previously tagged (young) me with Piper at the Gates of Dawn era Roger Waters. I don’t think people usually agree with whom they’ve been compared to by others. We tend to focus on attributes of ourselves that don’t get the same weight when others see us. When I look in the mirror, I see Ricky Martin. But that’s probably because I have a picture of Ricky Martin taped to my mirror.

  22. BigSteve

    I used to be told I looked like Keith Carradine when he starred in the movie Nashville. Now I’m all old and stuff.

  23. I don’t know, I kinda like the idea that Lucinda Williams has a fuitarust, someone dressed like Mark Mothersbaugh playing some headless monstrosity that looks like something Allan Holdsworth would play.

  24. Try to imagine the doppelganger for a Townsperson you’ve never seen. For instance, I don’t know what misterioso looks like, but I get an image of Nils Lofgren or Tony Maimone.

  25. So you’re saying that Gurf Morlix’s sound is the musical equivalent of how I (or 2k Man, I’m not really sure) present myself?

  26. In my mind Happiness Stan looks like a thinner version of Ray Cooper.

  27. And I always pictured 2k Man thin, bald on top with a goatee. In fact, I imagined him to look exactly like my friend Smiling Ed the bartender

  28. Although, technically, Smiling Ed is not a rock star.

  29. Yes, his sound brings to mind your Look.

  30. I imagine Martin Newell.

  31. Do we know for sure that Happiness Stan ISN’T Martin Newell?

  32. So low-key, generally pleasant and possibly a bit boring rather than exciting or flashy or trendy? That is pretty much the Look I was going for (if it can even be said that I have a Look).

  33. underthefloat

    ah….like a sunday morning.

  34. underthefloat

    Ha. That works wonders, doesn’t it!
    That and a mirror that takes off about 20 lbs.

  35. I’m not sure, but it’s gotta be somebody really, really handsome.

  36. ladymisskirroyale

    Mr. Royale and I look like Lite Rock form the 70’s couple: I’m Christine McVee and he’s been told he looks like James Taylor. Next RTH costume party, were all set.

  37. In the 80s/90s, I used to get Jon Langford of The Mekons, every so often. Now, I think I’m closer to Brian Wilson, circa 1978…with less hair.

  38. Mr. Mod – you should really try to get the crew together around the December holidays as we did a few years back. Name tags with site handle and rock dopple names…


  39. ladymisskirroyale

    THAT is a great photo!

  40. ladymisskirroyale

    Come to think of it, HVB highly resembles Alasdair MacLean of The Clientele.

  41. Need to think if there is a doppleganger for me. If there was her left eye would be blue/hazel and right eye all blue. I do wonder how accurate what rock singer you look like quiz’s are.

  42. And without the Carl Spackler only talking out of one side of your mouth attribute. So you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.

  43. hrrundivbakshi

    I have to tell a story. My brother has spent most of his life in Japan, and is very active in the Episcopal church there. I went over a few years ago to visit, and one of the first things he arranged for me was a nice lunch with his bible study group. We sat down around the traditional, low dining table, and my brother quickly made an introduction for me. There was a moment of silence, and then the young lady across from me said, with enough deliberation that everybody had joined in before she finished announcing her discovery, resulting in a chorus of Japanese people proclaiming the name of my supposed doppelganger in unison:

    “He… looks… like… PAUL MCCARTNEY!”

    … which in Japanenglish sounds like “Poh-ru Mah-kaa-toh-nee.”

    I’ve had Beatles fan former girlfriends tell me this as well. I think it’s my naturally saggy eyes. Thank, you, Paulie, for making them attractive to the fairer sex!

  44. No, I do that now…probably a side effect of all the medication.

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