Ten Musician Stamps We'd Like To See
John Mellencamp. His stage name used to be "Johnny Cougar."
Bruce Springsteen is reportedly a shoo-in to get a stamp, and whenever The Boss does something, Mellencamp has to go out and copy him. We figure we'd spare Mellencamp the time and energy of lobbying on his own behalf and put this out here today.
Also, it's the kind of transient honor that Mellencamp would talk about for the rest of his life ("Goddamn, I did so much for the working man that I even had a postage stamp in my honor...back when people still used those things!").
3. Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston
We've always found it kind of charming how these two kept their marriage afloat for almost 15 years despite freebasing about 3,500 pounds of cocaine. The Brown-Houston union is such a testament to the durability of love (if not the septum, the veins, or prefrontal cortex) that it demands recognition; a small, easily overlooked kind of recognition. Perfect for a stamp.
2. Gary Cherone
Gary's the guy who sang "More Than Words" with Extreme back in 1991 and then a few years later replaced Sammy Hagar in Van Halen, himself a replacement for David Lee Roth.
After his exit from Van Halen, Cherone tried to reunite Extreme unsuccessfully for a VH1 reality show and has since been goofed on in hundreds of "worst lead singer" blog posts. We also have a dim memory of Gary, as part of another reality show, standing around a construction site and haggling with the guys building his dream house.
The sad part is that Cherone actually has a good voice in the Roger Daltrey tradition. Since he's not going to nab a Grammy anytime soon, we figured we'd make it up to rock's ultimate also-ran by nominating him for a stamp.