Feelings about chest hair are a mixed bag—some loathe it and subject themselves to various removal tactics, including shaving (which results in itching and howling at the moon a la Seinfeld) or waxing (which leads to screaming starlets' names a la Steve Carell in the 40-Year-Old Virgin). But others embrace the follicles on their pectoral muscles, tangling a gold chain in their mane or showing it off shirtless-style.
Several celebs have let their bare chests show (even before Matthew McConaughey). Jazz flutist Herbie Mann rocks a sprinkling of chest hair and his instrument on the cover of 1971's Push Push, and 1970s pop-rockers Orleans took their tops off and got cozy for the cover of Waking and Dreaming.
And while the 1970s appear to be rife with shirtless dudes on album covers, an event will be held in their honor in this decade—today, to be specific. The Vinyl Preservation Society will pay tribute to male topless wonders tonight with the theme: Lost in Grover Washington, Jr.’s Chest Hair, aka Shirtless Album Cover Night.
Bring your favorite vinyl record featuring a half-naked man on the cover to the Modern Hotel and Bar to hang with VPS. A social gathering begins at 7 p.m. and record playing goes from 7:30-10 p.m.
According to the event's Facebook page, the theme was brought on by request from the VPS Ladies Auxiliary, which felt the hotter-than-hell weather provided the perfect opportunity to oggle nearly nude hairy dudes on album covers. And the theme will be retired directly following tonight's festivities. So go catch what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After all, it's FREE, and you may end up hearing some pretty neat tunes.