Whoa! 21 Famous Musicians' High School Yearbook Photos
Willie Nelson, the LAST time he had his hair short.
While Rocks Off was seeking out the best rock star yearbook photos for this blog, we came to a conclusion: Everyone was ugly in their yearbook photos, except Gwen Stefani and Beyonce Knowles. Everyone else looks weird as hell, or nothing like their current selves. Being humane, we won't post rapper Lil' Jon's yearbook pic. You can do that evil all by yourself. Jonathan Mortimer Smith is a sight to behold. Yeeee-ahhh!. Sure, we understand that those are the most awkward years of your life. Parents are dicks, girls and boys smell bad and act worse, and your teachers are either trying to sabotage your success or sleep with you. In Rocks Off's own 2001 senior-yearbook photo, we hadn't quite mastered the art of having two distinct eyebrows or growing a beard, so we have no qualms calling these folks out. It's fun to see all these badasses and sexpots when they were just that creepy kid who carved GWAR into the detention hall desks or the girl with the mousy smile that would one day wear a pack of lit cigarettes as eyewear. We rounded up a gaggle of high school pics of some rock, pop and rap's biggest stars for you to take a gander at. Some haven't changed much at all, while some are barely recognizable. Or in Katy Perry's case, just seem to have been born hot. Seriously, we would have walked her to every class and even let her cheat off our English homework. We would have made out with her during Titanic, or at least told people we did. This one goes out to the high-school graduating class of 2010. This is a class whose students were somehow born the same year that Nevermind hit No. 1 on the charts and the Pauly Shore vehicle Encino Man began warming the world's hearts. Remember guys, the world is yours... for now. Squeeze the juice out of that sucker for us old-timers. THE POP CLASS
Looking at her in the hallway between classes, would you ever think she would wear shrouds of tulle and wear a dress made of bubbles? Plus, she was actually pretty cute, even though she had a wicked Didi Conn thing going on.
This picture is either from Alief Elsik High or HSPVA over in Montrose, and even then, Beyonce looked drop-dead awesome. Check out her man Hova in elementary school.
Avril looks like a good half of the chicks we went to high school with. She probably played the flute too. This is a junior high pic from Canada, before she sorta dropped out to be a pop star and make neckties an accessory for girls all over.
We wonder if Katy Perry was a bitch in school; she does have that glare about her. She may have had her own table with her own minions, too. You can tell by the Bebe shirt.
By all accounts, Cobain lived a comfortable life before his parents split when he was just in elementary school. This would be Cobain in early high school before he dropped out.
Here's the future God of Fuck Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before he magically turned into Wayne from the Wonder Years and got a few ribs removed so he could fellate himself and date or marry every single woman we love.
Enter Freshman. Sorry, it was too easy.
Being a teenager was probably way cooler if you were Tommy Lee. Word travels fast with girls in high school, knowwhatiamsaying? (His penis is large. Wink.)
The future Black Flag front man went to prep school in the Washington D.C. area before getting that job at the ice-cream shop and jumping in the van with the band for five years.THE RAPPERS
If you watched Degrassi: The New Generation during Drake's eight-season run on the teen soap opera, you would have seen his character Jimmy Brooks get shot and paralyzed, dashing his hoop dreams.
Nice mullet, Slim Shady.
This takes the cake from Lil' Jon's yearbook picture and throws it into the punch bowl at the high-school dance. Where to begin?
I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but we just got to say, Kanye, that Jamie Foxx had a better yearbook picture than you.
"When I grow up, I wanna rub peanut butter all over my chest and be in threesomes with Mick Jagger and David Bowie in Berlin."
The Boss really grew into his ears, it looks like. And somewhere along the line he got a perm that has lasted for the past 40 years.
Jesus Christ, under all that 'fro is the Purple One. Do you think he grew his hair out to look taller since he's, like, four feet tall? "Sexy MF" indeed!
Here's Ms. Joplin from her Port Arthur yearbook. She was a shy gal, but ended up with a statute in her hometown. Our hometown has a statue for us too. They call it a new police station.
The Aerosmith lead singer even had the lips in high school in Massachusetts. Now he looks like your grandma on Halloween. Joe Perry is a helluva drug.
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