Tortured good-looking boys in black leather... I don't know if I should call this a music meme, an archetype or even a ghost of the hive-mind. I think that the first theoretical reference that I read about this was in Guitar World (June, 1995) magazine:
Trent Reznor is the Elvis Presley of industrial. Just like the King, Reznor dyed his hair black, put on some tight black leather pants and hit a deep, twisted nerve in America's pop psyche. And just like Elvis, Nine Inch Nails' charismatic leader took an obscure, marginalized, wrong-side-of-the-tracks style of music and gave it mass appeal. Sex appeal. What Elvis Presley did for black American rhythm and blues, Trent Reznor has done for the 20-year-old, noisy, subversive style known as industrial music.
Frontman Blixa Bargeld ... was a major Trent Reznor precursor –a tortured good-looking boy in black leather, clawing his skinny bare torso as he explored the idea of "temper tamtrum as performance."
Elvis Presley (1968)
Adam Ant (1982)
Peter Murphy (Bauhaus, 1983). If you're good-looking and wear black leather, vampires appear at some point.
Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, circa 1987)
Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Michael Pitt in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Alec Empire (2002). Curiously, in this music video there are references to Elvis Presley.
Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned (2002). Yeah, vampires again...
I've always hated leather clothes.