Would you believe this relatively normal looking high-school kid would grow up to be a rock star who scared the living crap out of some people? Of course, he wasn't exactly sporting lightly tousled hair and a striped button-down shirt during his controversy-courting performances.
This week's mystery kid in the yearbook photo looks pretty normal for a future rock star. No goofy haircut, no bow tie, no know-it-all-smirk plastered on his face. It comes from his upbringing in a working-class California family.
Who's the smirking boy with the high bangs and bow tie? When he became famous, he lost the bangs and tie, but he kept the smirk and added some tats. Lots of tats.
Who's the mystery yearbook kid with the stare that's somewhere between intense and vacant? He must have enjoyed that bemused look; he's used it many times as an adult and as the singer in several different indie bands over the years.
Do you know who this is? Judging by this yearbook photo, we'd figure this kid would have a bright future in store as a mad scientist. But he actually went on to lead one of the most popular alt-rock bands of the past decade.
Big smile. Suit jacket. Tie? You're never gonna believe who today's mystery kid is. He seems like such a nice young boy in the above yearbook photo. Within a few years, he'll be dropping f-bombs all over the place and taking on The Man.
Who's the dapper dude with the big smile, sweet hair and polka dot tie? He hasn't always cleaned up this good, as his various grown-up addictions and vices have proven over the years.
Who's this smiling kid who looks like he just pulled a prank involving someone's doorstep and dog poop? Or maybe he just told a joke about his penis. We wouldn't put either past him, since he built his career on writing and singing about such things.
Who's the kid looking all proper and ready for church in today's mystery yearbook challenge? We'll tell you this: His dark, despairing songs aren't proper, and they sure don't belong in church.
Today's mystery yearbook subject shouldn't be all that hard to figure out. He still looks the same, right down to the haircut, smile and clean-cut image, even though he leads one of the biggest indie-rock bands of the past 10 years.