Most men’s style icons were very handsome. Not to take away from how well they dressed, but it’s difficult to look bad when you have the face of James Dean or Alain Delon. Less celebrated are those who weren’t such Adonises – those who perhaps weren’t so lucky in the genetic lottery, but made up for it with a greater sense of style.
One such man was Jacques Brel, a Belgian who rejected a safe, secure future at his father’s cardboard manufacturing company to begin a career in singing, only to then later reject that at the height of his fame so he could devote his life to theater and cinema. He was a drinker, smoker, and a Socialist romantic who sung sad songs about people unfulfilled in life and love. His music was stark and intensely emotional, even violent at times, and is perhaps best represented through his two most popular songs - “Amsterdam” and “Don’t Leave Me” - which I’ve embedded below. Take ten minutes to play them if you’re unfamiliar. His lyrics are quite powerful.
Shout outs to all the ugly dudes getting their bread up and looking clean enough to pull a shawty off the runway.@5 months ago with 53 notes