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As part of my ongoing efforts to educate the masses about an archaic musical genre that nobody really liked in the first place, I’ll be highlighting some of the forgotten classics (i.e. all of them) of the hair metal era. Anybody who had harboured any lingering respect for me up to this point will soon see the error of his ways.

#1: Tigertailz – ‘Love Bomb Baby’

Spare a thought for Tigertailz – not alone did the group’s breakthrough album Bezerk unfortunately coincide with the popping of the hair metal bubble, but they’ve also been forced to deal with the eternal indignity of being Welsh. They never stood a chance.

Having said that, Tigertailz can always console themselves with the dubious honour of being the UK’s most successful hair metal act… ever! (Def Leppard notwithstanding, the Sheffield quartet being of an earlier vintage). Bezerk was released in 1990 to mild applause, with infectious lead single ‘Love Bomb Baby’ and obligatory power ballad ‘Heaven’ (not a patch on the Warrant track of the same name) driving album sales above a respectable quarter of a million.

Musically, Tigertailz were always more Motley Crue and Accept than Poison or Pretty Boy Floyd, but ‘Love Bomb Baby’ is the exact opposite: pure bubblegum pop wrapped in a driving, hard rock shell. Remarkably, given the genre’s track record, the “love bomb” in question does not, in fact, refer to the singer’s penis (or anyone else’s).

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MP3: Tigertailz – ‘Love Bomb Baby’





Counterfeit
08.31.10
omg. too awesome.

BigHans
08.31.10
Oh fuck yes. I fully support this idea. Although amazingly I've never heard of these guys.

TheSpirit
08.31.10
Band is actually really good. Awesome to see some underground hair metal bands, that stuff is ridiculously obscure sometimes

porch
08.31.10
lol i stopped the track after five seconds

Ire
08.31.10
wow

BigHans
08.31.10
Song rules

theacademy
08.31.10
omfg this is so awesome

Jom
08.31.10
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. It's like a constant textual erection.

2muchket!
08.31.10
My boss at work absolutely adores these guys. I've been subjected to these a few times when working in the stock room.

Athom
08.31.10
i hope gypsy road by cinderella is part of this.

Ire
08.31.10
Nitro please

bloc
08.31.10
I'm loving how they actually have a sample of a bomb being dropped in the song.

BigHans
08.31.10
Faster Pussycat ftw

Zip
08.31.10
Yeah this just isn't good, oh well

BigHans
08.31.10
Steelheart - I'll Never Let You Go.

WIN

WeepingBanana
08.31.10
lol hair metal

Curse.
08.31.10
Jackyl and Kix. done.

DiceMan
08.31.10
Gross... If you don't do flock of seagulls I'll freak though.

Curse.
08.31.10
If you think Flock of Seagulls is hair metal you are very dumb

RosaParks
08.31.10
My ears are bleeding.

bloc
08.31.10
Night Ranger is pretty popular though, don't think Dave will do it.

thebhoy
08.31.10
lol yes

DiceMan
08.31.10
Well honestly I've never heard them. But they have hair. So I assumed. So you should do them. Cause. Their hair... Like... Ugh.

DaveyBoy
08.31.10
Can't say I've ever heard of them Dave, so good find.

It won't hold off the lawyers coming your way for a couple of sentences in this blog though. ;-)

TheSpirit
09.01.10
Do one on Nitro

beefshoes
09.01.10
Moar White Lion

Desolator
09.01.10
didn't blow me away, but it was rather enlightening

mynameischan
09.01.10
"Hair metal classics > Chan's Plans"

dammit

Mordecai.
09.01.10
look what the cat dragged in

Aids
09.01.10
"Hair metal classics > Chan's Plans" Awesome

Hair metal makes me embarrassed to like music.

sniper
09.01.10
"Anybody who had harboured any lingering respect for me up to this point will soon see the error of his ways."

dammit

Nagrarok
09.01.10
Great idea.

JWT155
09.01.10
Found my new pregaming song...

pedro70512
09.02.10
Amen to Gypsy Road, that song is so much fun.

ReturnToRock
09.02.10
Good post Dave! I thought I was the only one on this site with a soft spot for the genre and its more obscure one-album acts...

Thor
09.02.10
Article title is an oxymoron

Thor
09.02.10
but this is still better than chan's plans

accompliceofmydeath
09.02.10
Sex Bomb Baby> this

WhiteNoise
09.03.10
haha I love Hair Metal and I've never heard these guys.

STEEL PANTHER!

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