Serena de Souza

Why rock stars get chicks

2006-04-18 10:28

Serena de Souza

A girlfriend of mine, Gail, and I were once discussing the types of men we were attracted to. While my tastes have no apparent common thread, other than a sense of general quirkiness, my friend was adamant that, give any man a musical instrument, and she'll find him irresistible.

When I related this piece of information to a third friend of ours, one who found Gail quite attractive, he offered to bench press a piano the next time he saw her, in the interests of rendering himself irresistible, but also of showing off his manly prowess.

But I think that this is where he missed the boat. Although Gail had made a blanket statement, covering all men with musical instruments, I know, from our further discussions on the topic, that what she was actually drawn to was the weedy, pale musician type.


I am often moved to astonishment at the glamour held by rock stars. They're generally badly groomed, pale, likely to be sporting some kind of addiction, skinny and generally terribly unattractive if you were to put them in a line up.

However, as soon as they have acquired the patina of fame, they become desirable. Even the glimmer of fame-soon-to-be-acquired will generally suffice.

While some might say that the promise of a jet-set lifestyle and untold wealth is what draws women to these men, I have another theory.

I think that, in the same way as men's attraction to terribly skinny women is a symptom of the human race's overpopulation of the planet - good breeding stock is becoming less desirable - women are increasingly attracted to men who are unlikely to sire a frolicking brood of mini-musicians.

They look like homeless people, yet they're wealthy; our collective unconscious and the desire for financial security have rendered us helpless in the face of these rock stars.

Case in point

Take Robbie Williams, for example (and perhaps now, you can see how I got onto this track). Granted, the guy isn't scrawny, but he does have a bad-boy, unhealthy lifestyle thing going for him.

When he's on stage he has energy, but his dance moves are far from slick. He's more like the guy telling bad jokes at a bar and jiggling slightly off beat to the music after one too many.

Yet, put him on stage, give him a mic, put a backing band behind him and a chorus line off to stage left, and the man is magical.

And from the response of the women in the audience (who, granted, were all Robbie Williams fans), the sentiment was pretty much universal, despite his overblown mugging and awkward moves, so my theory must be right on the money.

  • Serena de Souza really enjoyed the Robbie Williams concert, but she could have walked through the front gates with an AK-47 for all the attention security paid her. Let's hear it for Big Concerts, ladies and gentlemen!

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