OK, since I'm still excited about hearing Nuno on the radio the other night, and since Motley Crue's new record came out this week, I'm declaring today HAIR METAL DAY on this blog.
To participate, all you have to do is say the name of your favorite hair metal band in the comments below. For those of you who do not like/do not get the glory that is hair metal, you can participate too! Just use the comments below to write something along the lines of "I don't get it" (be nice and be brief!)...
To get things started, I'm going to list 10 bands who deserve some sort of recognition:
- Guns n Roses - They came on the scene and blew everybody else out of the water. And their music has aged pretty well, all things considered. Come on, Axl. Finish the new record already!
- Motley Crue - I remember in sixth grade our youth pastor did a whole thing about "the evils of rock music". Motley Crue was top of the list. All the kids ran out and bought their record that week. I know it's awful, but at least I'm being honest!
- Bon Jovi - Another band whose music has aged really well. Great songs.
- Skid Row - Their second record is probably the best of the genre.
- Extreme - Nuno was arguably the best guitarist in hair metal, and Gary Cherone has some pipes. I loved them in high school. It always felt to me like they skipped a step and never put out a record that truly showcased their sound.
- Cinderella - I give them the prize for "most improved". Their first record is kind of a Bon Jovi/ AC/DC ripoff. By Heartbreak Station they were forging some cool new territory.
- Tesla - Another great band that transcended the genre. The acoustic record was fun for sure. Another case of a band that never really captured "their thing" on record.
- Winger - They got written off as a "chick band" and it wasn't fair. People forget that Kip Winger was Ozzy's bass player first and he can really play. Plus Reb Beach was/is a guitar wizard.
- Warrant - Everybody remembers them for that awful Cherry Pie video. I remember them for how awesome that "Uncle Tom's Cabin" song was.
- L.A. Guns - Other than "The Ballad of Jayne", these guys never really had a breakthrough. And it's a shame because they rocked. Tracii Guns used to be in Guns n Roses (he was the "Guns" part). And even though Jon Bon gets the credit, Tracii was the first hair band guy to cut his hair off...
(Before you comment, let me give you a quick definition of "hair metal". It's a very narrow subgenre of heavy metal that was popular in the late '80's. The music was almost secondary to the image - the biggest bands often had the coolest videos. I try to limit it to bands who broke in as part of this scene, so bands who got big in the '70's like Van Halen or the Scorpions, while definitely part of the scene, wouldn't qualify. Neither would a thrash band like Metallica.)
(This post is my ROCKIN contribution to Watercooler Wednesday!)