The "Game of Thrones" star was the band's MC/trumpeter.
The early ’90s were a pretty funky time. The president played saxophone; The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was burning up the airwaves; the Red Hot Chili Peppers had just released Blood Sugar Sex Magik. A minor but undeniable player in this landscape was the little-remembered band Whizzy, which played self-described “punk-funk-rap” jams to enraptured crowds at college parties and warehouse shows around New York City.
And Whizzy’s MC-slash-trumpeter, as NME noted this week, was an aspiring actor named Peter Dinklage, seen rocking the slick blazer and Natural Born Killers shades in the photo above.
Dinklage has talked about his time in the band before–he mentioned it in a 2011 Rolling Stone profile, and has said he has a facial scar from a particularly rowdy show at CBGB’s – but a cache of Getty photos republished in the NME story of the first we’ve seen of Whizzy in action. Here’s what he had to say about the scar in a 2013 Playboy interview: