David Lee Roth Says Van Halen Inspired '80s Fashion

While most people don't look back fondly on 1980s rock fashion, apparently David Lee Roth isn't among them. The ex-Van Halen frontman proudly takes credit for inspiring the look.

Specifically, Roth says the headband-and-tight-spandex-pants look that many bands adopted was directly lifted from his former band. "Hairbands were imitations of Van Halen," he says. "It is true. And spandex was what they came up with as something visual. I started off in leather with the same haircut that Bono and Bruce Springsteen and guys in Metallica had. It's a famous haircut."

Roth says he feels comfortable taking credit for inspiring the '80s rock look because Van Halen was around well before the decade began. "We started off in 1972, and our first two albums were in the '70s," he says. "We spawned a whole lot of imitators who resorted to gimmickry and trade crap."

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