29. Siouxsie Sioux, The Banshees

Siouxsie Sioux's extensive musical influence alone earns her a place on this list, but it's her contributions to the "dark" wing of the Hall of Sexy that we're commemorating. Her look has been co-opted by legions of misunderstood teen girls; all the boys pursuing them are really in lust with Siouxsie's ghost, which is a sentiment she'd probably love.

 

28. Greg Graffin, Bad Religion

Young Greg Graffin: the wise-ass, anti-authoritarian SoCal punk you share a 40 oz. and a makeout with at the skate park. Old Greg Graffin: the sexy professor (literally) who you long for but who is probably incorruptible no matter how short a skirt you wear to his office hours. Both are winners in our book.

 

27. Jonathan Richman, The Modern Lovers

Jonathan Richman defied punk authority by wearing his heart on his sleeve, often reading lyrics aloud and tearing up before playing songs with the Modern Lovers. If you liked a mix of wit and puppyish devotion, you may have wished to be his G-I-R-L-F-R-E-N.

 

26. Sid Vicious, The Sex Pistols

Between the spiky black hair, leather jacket, emaciated frame, skinny jeans, and self-destructive bent, Sid Vicious invented a look that thousands of punks across the world are still mining to get laid, so good on 'im for that, we guess.

 

25. Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth

Having long both deployed and induced heavy breathing, Kim Gordon surely deserves inclusion on a list of the sexiest anythings anywhere. Her own thoughts on the matter (from a 1983 essay in ArtForum) are heady and righteous: "People pay to see others believe in themselves. Maybe people don't know whether they can experience the erotic or whether it exists only in commercials; but on stage, in the midst of rock 'n' roll, many things happen and anything can happen..."

 

24. Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day

We're not here to debate Green Day's career path. We're just saying that back in 1994, Billie Joe reminded us of a bratty kid with green hair in our freshman algebra class who used to skateboard and went on to deflower us in the back of... never mind. He's cute, is what we're saying. 

 

23. Brody Dalle, The Distillers/Spinnerette

Hearing Dalle's chainsaw voice come out of that model-perfect face, it's no wonder Tim Armstrong fell in love with her. Few things are sexier than a lady with a guitar, and when said lady looks and sounds like Dalle, it's game over, man.

 

22. Tom Verlaine, Television

Television were the thinking man's punk band, and Tom Verlaine was certainly the thinkingest-man in Television, or something. Anyway, Verlaine's porcelain-poet good looks, combined with his guitar heroics and tremulous voice, make him a punk pinup to swoon over.

 

21. HR, Bad Brains

During the '80s, in D.C. and elsewhere, no one was kicking out the jams like Bad Brains, and no one was a magnetic, sexy frontman on par with HR. His flailing dreadlocks, onstage acrobatics, and that magnificent air-raid siren of a voice made him hardcore's James Brown, a crown we've yet to see claimed by someone else.

 

20. Viv Albertine, The Slits

Ari Up was the magnetic face and voice of The Slits, but guitarist Viv Albertine had just as much influence. She was the inspiration for the Clash song "Train in Vain," and she's evolved into a performer and artist in her own right, without losing an inch of her smoky, restrained sexiness.

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