Howard Jones' Nine Definitive Hairstyles

Howard Jones, hair icon.
Howard Jones, hair icon.

Sadly, many of the best moments of Howard Jones' impressive synth-pop career have been forgotten. This isn't about the music, though. "No One Is to Blame" will play on the Lite-FM station piping in during your next routine cleaning at the dentist -- better than Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" any day. Add "Things Can Only Get Better" (the one that goes "whoa-whoa-whoaaaa-whoa-whoa-whoaaaa"), "What is Love," "You Know I Love You... Don't You?" and the sweet blast of "Everlasting Love" as prime examples of his songwriting acumen.

Instead, let's revisit the magnificent mane. The lovely locks. The stupendous spikes. Even to this day, HoJo has single-handedly kept Aqua Net in business by putting enough fancy touches on his signature locks to put even A Flock of Seagulls to shame. As his performance at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center approaches on Wednesday, October 13, it's high time for a sampling of the amazing cranial sculptures Jones has erected over the years. There are surely hundreds, but we have nine below.

1983: The signs of something beautiful are peeking out from under that hat
1983: The signs of something beautiful are peeking out from under that hat
Photo by Simon Fowler
This album cover, circa 1984, still shows a level of restraint -- compared to what was to come.
This album cover, circa 1984, still shows a level of restraint -- compared to what was to come.
From the "Things Can Only Get Better" Video: No, Howard Jones was never a banshee ninja.
From the "Things Can Only Get Better" Video: No, Howard Jones was never a banshee ninja.
A clearer look from 1985 shows that Jones had a party going on from nearly every angle except the sides.
A clearer look from 1985 shows that Jones had a party going on from nearly every angle except the sides.
Photo by Simon Fowler
By 1986, however, the "One to One" cover exhibits a huge step backward -- or downward. Would this look ultimately flatten Howard Jones' career?
By 1986, however, the "One to One" cover exhibits a huge step backward -- or downward. Would this look ultimately flatten Howard Jones' career?
Despite what his Perform.00 cover suggests, Howard Jones did not up and join the Backstreet Boys in 2000.
Despite what his Perform.00 cover suggests, Howard Jones did not up and join the Backstreet Boys in 2000.
...more like revolution of the hair! Possibly the only thing from 1995-era Prodigy that we would be grateful for ten years later.
...more like revolution of the hair! Possibly the only thing from 1995-era Prodigy that we would be grateful for ten years later.
As of 2009, Howard Jones can embrace silver foxdom. Good look, man. If it happens to grow a little longer, no one is to blame for that.
As of 2009, Howard Jones can embrace silver foxdom. Good look, man. If it happens to grow a little longer, no one is to blame for that.
Photo by James Cumpsty

Howard Jones. 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 13 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St. (at Federal Highway), Hollywood. Free parking. Tickets cost $37. Call 954-921-3439, or visit here.


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