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|5 Hair-Metal Albums That Don't Suck|
The genre may have a bad rap, but good music is still good music.
Everyone loves to hate Winger. Reasons include: The lead singer is named
Kip Winger, he was a ballet dancer, Beavis and Butthead (remember them?)
made fun of them, etc.
However, Winger (the band) was full of some brilliant musicians, such as
Reb Beach and Rod Morgenstein, who made some pretty damn good metal
with a pronounced progressive edge. Kip Winger also has a damn good set
of pipes and a flair for composition. Winger (the band) truly was the Dream
Theater of the Hair Metal world and Winger (the album) is one of the best
when it came to pushing the limits of the genre's boundaries, aside from
the godawful cover of Purple Haze. Also, Kip Winger had some sweeeet
Saigon Kick was perhaps the quintessential early 90's pop-metal band.
Equally influenced by both the dying hair scene and the burgeoning alt
scene, they just never found their niche, ended up being too alternative for
hair fans and too poppy for alterna-fans and never made an impression on
the general public. However, if you're a fan of metal bands that aren't afraid
to experiment this album should be right up your alley. Plus, they have the
added benefit of being able to write good lyrics.
Lean Into It
Look, in a battle of pure technical ability, Mr. Big is probably the best band
of all time. Heck, they're probably better than the average band when
they're not playing their primary instrument (youtube live performances of
Smoke on the Water). However, instead of focusing on melting faces, as is
the MO of the genre, they actually tone down the flash and write songs
that aren't just excuses for instrumental wankery. Oh they'll still melt your
face, but they'll do it in the most tuneful manner possible. This album gets
the nod over their other albums because of 'Green Tinted Sixties Mind'
which may just be the best damn pop-metal song ever written.
The Great Radio Controversy
Aerosmith v2.0. A great bluesy hard rock band that got stuck with the pop-
metal label and never managed to shake it despite being the anti-glam
pop-metal band singing (generally) about the working class man. This
album exemplifies their bluesy twin-guitar sound.
|5|| ||Enuff Z'nuff|
Enuff Z'nuff probably have no one to blame for being hated but themselves.
They jumped on the sinking hair-metal ship with their abomination of a
video for 'New Thing' which set a new high(low?) for glammy self-parody.
Plus, just look at that name. However, the sophomore album focused on
what the band was good at, hard-edged and rarely cliched power pop that
was like Cheap Trick on steroids. It may have been too little and too late,
but this is still a great album.
|wtf is pop metal?|
|That musical pink area between boy bands and Judas Priest.|
|Ahhh I see. |
|So there's a such thing as pop metal now? Wow|
|I don't even.|
|You mean like Dead By April?|
|hair metal > life|
|needs less you|
|I've been told that Devin Townsend's 'Addicted' is (Progressive) Pop-Metal. That would be my #1 by a mile.|
|3 is a decent bad for sure|
|Decent bad? As in bad but not THAT bad?|
And pop-metal is used to describe anything from Europe to Skid Row. Generally of the hair metal persuasion.
|Ooops, I meant "band"|
|I've heard pop metal being used as a synonym for glam/hair metal/rock (like it doesn't have enough names already) and to describe bands like Dead By April and Escape the Fate who use metally power chords and poppy verses|
|It's funny cause you're Indian.|
|Yeah, maybe I should've named the list for hair-metal to avoid the confusion.|
You'd be hard pressed to call 'Addicted' pop though it is catchy as hell...
And funny cos I'm Indian? Why?
|Hair Metal rules. 4 is the best album here IMO.|
|YOULL BE LOOKIN GROOVY IN A SIXTIES MOVIE MAYBE TELL THE PRESS YA DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED|
|"I've been told that Devin Townsend's 'Addicted' is (Progressive) Pop-Metal. That would be my #1 by a mile."|
Was also gonna say Heavy Devy.
|Ok ok i c|