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zakalwe
March 11th 2014


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JT., the delta blues wasn't a lifestyle choice it was a music born of the surroundings that inspired it and in turn a message resonated.
Hair metal is a conscious effort to stylise, conform to a model and reguritate ad infinitum.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


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I didn't say it was a life style choice, I meant they sung about what they went through with sincerity (and I wasn't going as far back as the delta blues). Bands that were part of the hair metal scene sung about what was going on around them, just because that was fun, drugs, women etc. doesn't make it any less sincere than say rock and roll bands singing about rebellion (perhaps a better example/comparison).

Digging: Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

zakalwe
March 11th 2014


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It makes things unbelievably base though and that's never a good thing.
Anyway sod it whose the greatest of the lot, the album that encapsulates the sound, era and was responsible for the disappearance of the ozone layer due to hairspray. I'm up for a challenge, rec us summink bro.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


26789 Comments


I'd recommend Dokken. They're definitely one of my favourites and I know that some people like Dokken despite having similar opinions about hair metal as yourself so there's definitely a chance you might like them (I'm not holding my breath though).

Try the album Tooth and Nail.

zakalwe
March 11th 2014


23371 Comments


Will do dude.


manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2014


10586 Comments


Great rec Jamie, there's some serious guitar on Tooth and Nail. I haven't listened to it in ages so I'm jamming in right now.

If you don't mind zak, you may also want to check:

Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
Ratt - Out of the Cellar

Digging: Travelin Jack - Commencing Countdown

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2014


26789 Comments


Cheers manosg.

Ah yes, Tesla's a good rec too.

zakalwe
March 11th 2014


23371 Comments


Wasn't Ratt the band that Barf was blaring out the stereo on the Winnebago in Spaceballs?
Cool!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2014


10586 Comments


Didn't remember so I looked it up on youtube. I think it's Bon Jovi.

zakalwe
March 11th 2014


23371 Comments


Holy MOLEY!!!!!

SitarHero
March 11th 2014


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a great point too JT. Bands like Motley Crue and GNR were downright considered deviant antisocials. The wasn't just an image. It was part of who they were. Sure, cookie-cutter bands came along imitating the image without any substance to back it up, but blaming the good hair metal bands for that is like hating Pearl Jam because of Creed.

DominionMM1
March 11th 2014


15189 Comments


never really considered motley or gnr hair metal. gnr in particular came off as much more sincere than other la bands at the time.

InbredJed
March 11th 2014


6525 Comments


Few bands have sucked more than Creed.

Digging: Slade - Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

SitarHero
March 12th 2014


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To be honest, I never hated Creed either. When I was first picking up the guitar I found Tremonti to be a fairly interesting guitarist.



And that's the thing about bands like Skid Row, Tesla, Dokken, Enuff Z'nuff and yes, even Winger. They may have made some regrettable image choices, but if you dig a little deep with them you'll find that they have some terrific and sincere music. It just so happens that they were also a product of their time.

BigHans
March 12th 2014


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was a huge Creed fan for like 2 months in the summer of 2000. I was like obsessed with them for a brief period of time. Band is way better than people say, although they had no business selling that many albums.

SitarHero
March 12th 2014


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not like they're Godsmack or anything. Now THAT'S a band I can't stand.

BigHans
March 12th 2014


28548 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Godsmacks acoustic EP ruled

DominionMM1
March 12th 2014


15189 Comments


hey hey hey now. that first godsmack record was my jam back in '99.

OmairSh
March 12th 2014


14338 Comments


I heard about this band because of Morgenstein

SitarHero
March 12th 2014


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha! Aren't you glad you grew out of it? Sully Erna has to be one of the most boring singers on the planet.



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