The mullet, as we all know, is one of the world’s favourite fish. But there’s also – and you may not have heard of this before – apparently a hairstyle called the mullet, and if you can believe it, it’s making a comeback after having been presumed consigned to the deepest bowels of tonsorial hell.
The mullet was big in the 1980s, because back then nobody knew how ridiculous people from the 1980s looked. Long in the back, short on the sides, and a complete catastrophe all round, the mullet never really went away for some people, but for those without more than three cars on their front lawn, it hadn’t really been fashionable since Achy Breaky Heart.
Nevertheless, the word is that the mullet is becoming tres chic once more, with hairdressers in the UK reporting that otherwise seemingly sane customers are walking into their salons and asking for the “Scott from Neighbours at his wedding” cut. A fad for the ’80s, embodied by the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, is blamed by some, while others look to less obvious sources for the rise of this zombie ‘do. Dominic Johnson of Queen Mary University cites a sociopolitical motive, saying that the mullet is one way for people to “attach to a particular identity”.
Which sounds great, but if you want to attach to a particular identity, why would you choose an identity that has a mullet?