If you watched this legendary clip of 999 on the OGWT with the sound off – which has plenty to recommend it – and not knowing what it was or what time period it came from, I maintain that it would be possible to ascertain what genre of music was being played from the expression on Nick Cash’s face alone…. Yes?
In fact, I suggest that each genre has its own distinctive facial expressions. For example:
Punk: Starey eyes; nose wrinkled as if placed in proximity to fresh dog turd; bared Benson & Hedges teeth
Hip-hop: chin tilted forward; eyes half-closed in attitude of near-somnambulism
Ska & rocksteady: knowing dimpled grin; eyes obscured by shades and/or brim of pork-pie hat
Blues Rock: eyes screwed shut; mouth contorted in a semblance of acute intestinal discomfort; sweating not optional
New Romantics: cheeks sucked in as if draining an invisible Kia-Ora; eyes focussed humourlessly on middle distance
Country: Statue-like look of noble stoicism and solidity
Britpop : pout; one eyebrow raised (if two available)
Baggy/Madchester: pupils dilated; gob agape in apparent impersonation of Big Bird
Prog: expression indiscernible behind huge Open University lecturer spectacles and a wall of synthesizers and/or facial hair.