The Starlighter Quartet


29 Responses to “The Starlighter Quartet”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Appalachian ABBA?

  2. BB says:

    Needs more bouffant.

  3. sockdoll says:

    I could NEVER pull that look off.

    • penguinchris says:

      Are you implying you think that *they* pulled the look off? ;)

      My favorite part is that the guy on the left is defying all conventions by only buttoning the bottom button on his jacket. The guy on the right is doing it right, with the top button only (one should never have the bottom button buttoned). It’s common to see people button both or all buttons because they don’t know, but rarely do you see someone just doing the bottom one!

  4. Ernunnos says:

    Dave Bunker sounds like the kind of far-out geek I’d expect to see turn up as a guest blogger on BB.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Of course the guitars are handmade. The guy on the left is Amish.

  6. Shart Tsung says:

    This family should be the basis for a horror movie similar to “The Devil’s Rejects” except set in space.

  7. Jack Fear says:

    If Abe Lincoln were the Fifth Beatle…

  8. pox says:

    I believe the guy on the left is Dave Bunker, guitarist, luthier, and inventor, and that thing in the middle is an early version of his Touch Guitar.

    About 12 years ago, his shop was near my house, and I dropped in one day with my 3-year-old son, just hoping to have a peek. He was very generous with his time, played the Touch Guitar for us, and gave us a tour of the shop. Nice man, but he did have a weird beard in the 70s.

  9. legion says:

    My god… it’s full of hair…

  10. Stefan Jones says:

    Is there an emoticon for “jaw hits floor?”

    Were fashions like that why the country was so desperate to vote Ronald Reagan into office at the end of the 70s? Like they’d seen a taste of a horrifying future and threw out a reality anchor to prevent a Big Hair Singularity?

  11. princeminski says:

    Comment # 21: Absolutely correct. Yours is the best comment.

    Comment # 4: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

    Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.

  12. Anonymous says:


  13. braininavat says:

    What planet is this on? In Vancouver, BC the hippest room in town is at the Biltmore, I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see a band like this there, opening for Acid Mothers Temple, for instance.

  14. Mister44 says:

    I hope they make enough money to buy that poor guy a mustache.

  15. gwailo_joe says:

    HEY! Hey!! This is soooo un cool, ye commenters?

    Did they not create? Did they not perform?

    What more would you have our ancestors do???

    As ridiculous as they may seem: the were cooler in their time than you are in yours.

    At the very least give them props for bravery. . .

    • Halloween Jack says:

      Chillax, Joe. Five will get you ten that the people in these photos look back on them now and laugh and/or wince a little.

  16. Steve Stair says:

    There’s a place for the preservation of those female hair styles…it is called East Texas.

  17. Nash Rambler says:

    Mormons, cult or pimps. You decide!

  18. Zoman says:

    Solid Temptation vs The Starlighter Quartet… no contest.

  19. pox says:

    Dave Bunker through the years (“It Gets Better”):

  20. ill lich says:

    The combination bass-zither (or lap steel?) in the center may be hand made, but I believe those others were a small run commercial brand back in the 80′s, I can’t recall the name but I remember seeing them in an old copy of the Guitar Blue Book.

  21. A New Challenger says:

    That this came right after the Planet of the Apes post can’t be coincidence.

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