Does facial hair create genius?

4 Jul

I had a conversation with a mate at work a few months back regarding Doves and it naturally progressed into singer Jimi Goodwin’s spectacular beard.

The previous Doves record ‘Some Cities’ has been labelled by critics and fans to be less important than their previous efforts and new record ‘Kingdom of Rust’ has seen the band return to the amazing form that their first two records delivered.

Why is this? Well, I do recall in 2005, Jimi Goodwin was a clean shaven Mancunian. Despite the fact the band supported Oasis, Coldplay and U2 that year, the record the band made wasn’t up to the standard set by ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘The Last Broadcast’.  When he popped into the office we were working in to perform a few acoustic tunes outside in the courtyard of Fly TV, he had his beard back and the new record is absolutely fantastic. So, I am of the opinion that the regrowth of his beard gave him the ability to create amazing music once again. ”Is it maybe just a coincidence?” I hear you cry, well perhaps… but let’s look at some other facial haired celebrities and see shall we?

Albert Einsten, Tom Selleck, Freddie Mercury, Dave Grohl, Borat, Ian Rush, Hulk Hogan, Rolf Harris, Santa Claus John Virgo, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor… I think you get the jist. Perhaps there is some mystical power within facial hair that the razor blade companies are trying to control.


Mind you, Adolf Hitler had facial hair too and his genocidal ways were  frowned upon so maybe facial hair isn’t such a good thing. Not really sure where I’m going with this to be honest…

Do any of you have any bearded heroes?!


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