Motley Crue.......Shuteye, I saw Skynrd at Asbury Park NJ in '77'. Three months later it was all over. I will never forget it.
BTW......not a hair band by any means but I just want to drop his name because I was so impressed when he stole the show at Bethel (Woodstock).....Santana. I know you play and would appreciate his solo in Samba Pi Ti. His career was left for dead when he moved from Latin Rock and then broke out again with Smooth.
Speaking of "hair bands," not many people can say that KISS took part in their homecoming festivities, were their own float in their homecoming parade, and capped it all off with a concert in their high school gym.
Lots of good ones listed here. PECO, your link reminds me of another one not mentioned yet- Krokus. They did a remake of Ballroom Blitz. In the early 80s, it looked like they would become one of the really big groups, but they never really took off after that.
Def Leppard was mentioned. They really took off here in the 80's. Great harmonies and to watch Steve Clark and Phil Collen bounce riffs off each other on stage was awesome. Steve had that great hair and slung his guitar down low. His solos were some of the best.
And you could always bet the best lookin' ladies were going to be there. In force. Lawdy! :-)
Yeah I don’t think you can include Pantera or Megadeth in the group of 80’s hair bands. Heck even Metallica is on the edge. Depends on early or later Metallica. Honestly I like there later stuff better then there earlier stuff.
Some of my favorite songs were Kix - blow my fuse Motley Crue - 10 seconds to love Cinderella - nobody’s fool Slaughter - up all night Lita Ford / Ozzy - close my eyes forever
Alice Cooper Cheap Trick Those are courtesy of my wife. I mentioned a couple and she indignantly informed me they weren't hair bands, just rock. I was more of a old country fan even as a young man in the 80's. ;)
Michael, we are opposite with regard to Metallica. Give me Kill em All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning and Justice and you can have the rest. The Black Album is good but not what I cut my teeth on....
Regardless of this minor disagreement, I am impressed with your 80s hair band fandom. Owl, At least GWAR has not been mentioned. They probably had long hair under their masks you know. :)
"Come on now, Alice Cooper? He was playing and popular in the early seventies."
I agree, slade. Not the "hair metal" sub-genre. But neither are many of the others. I am just interested in keeping this thread going. :) Besides, Kip Winger played bass for Alice and Alice DID get a little "light" in the 80s. See "Poison."
"and Neil's refusal to tour" Neil lost his wife and daughter, the first time he quit touring. I believe now he has health issues, he can't play well anymore. Good reasons to "refuse to tour." Now I am a huge Rush fan, but they put out some cheesy albums in the 80's which qualifies them as a hair band. Anything after Moving Pictures (except Exit Stage Left, which was their second live album) sucked. Their 90's music sucked also, "Here we go vertigo" what the hell was that? That song belongs on a Styx album right after Mr. Roboto. Not sure Styx was mentioned yet either, I am a huge early Styx fan.
foxbo, Yes they were at Woodstock with the fastest fingers in the West, Alvin Lee, lead singer and guitar. They tore it up but unfortunately they just about peaked there just like Country Joe. The big winners Santana, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter. There was only about 25% of the people left in the bowl if that when Hendrix took the stage. The Dead were..well...literally dead and The Who should have been. Three day pass was 18.00. ;-) I still have the leaflet from Woodstock framed. What most people do not know is that 3 weeks previous to Woodstock was the Atlantic City Pop Festival whose lineup rivaled Woodstock and drew nearly100,000 people to the racetrack. Man what a time it was back then.......I can't believe it sometimes. Three day Pass... 15.00.... and you had to pay unlike further north.
I saw a concert that was Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac. Pat put on a great show, REO was the highlight. Fleetwood Mac, very, very disappointed. They played well, but neither Stevie Nicks nor Christie McVie was with them for the show.
All of these bands listed at the time were "all the same" and not until later were they classed as they are. Moms and Dads knew MTV would be the undoing of us all.
We all wore 501 button fly jeans, high tops with the laces undone and the tongues pulled up with pants tucked in, and some had parachute pants with bandanas tied around your ankle, above the calf, or just above the knee. Some had hairdos like Van Halen and some like Bon Jovi. Blockbuster movies were things like 'The Karate Kid', 'Top Gun' and the sort and "think McFly, think" became a coined phrase.
At least that's how I remember it, 30 some odd years ago...
Ten Years After Rock and Roll Music to the World was the very first 8 track I ever purchased, back in December of 1972. It is still the best rock album I've ever listened to. Alvin Lee may not have been an "eighties hair band", but he was rocking well past that time frame. There is nothing close that sounds as good. If you don't believe me, check them out. If you've never heard that album, you need to.
“We all wore 501 button fly jeans, high tops with the laces undone and the tongues pulled up with pants tucked in, and some had parachute pants with bandanas tied around your ankle, above the calf, or just above the knee. Some had hairdos like Van Halen and some like Bon Jovi. Blockbuster movies were things like 'The Karate Kid', 'Top Gun' and the sort and "think McFly, think" became a coined phrase.”
I resemble that. I sure do miss it.
Urgent and jukebox hero from Foreigner are still some of my all time favorite songs.
Some of these groups mentioned would fall under classic rock I believe.
Since we've evaded the 80's, here's one from 1974.... "Bridge Of Sighs" by Robin Trower... (Full Album). For some reason Trower didn't amass a great deal of fan fare, but I think every song on this entire album should've been a 'hit'.....
Since this thread has morphed....thought I'd share this early version of "In The End" by Rush. It's off their 5th Order of Angels album. This was always one of my favorite Rush songs, but this version blew me away.
Ah, the good old days. Faster Pussycat. I'm more of a metal guy myself. Metal Church. I'm half deaf from all the concerts and gunshots in my younger days back then. Anyone remember when Ronnie James Dio sang on a Sabbath album? Not too bad. Paranoid with Ozzie on one side and Heaven Or Hell with Dio on the other. Cassette of course, cutting edge tech, lol.
Cassette? Try 8 track with the group Blue Cheer the originators of heavy metal before heavy metal was a dream putting the hatchet to Out of Focus and Summertime Blues. The good old days is right. All metal that followed played off of these head banger's at the time. Little known to many who followed rock.
Joey, How about the Seventies kings Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep.
Peco, Yep. Kenwood turntable and the vinyl to go with it encompassing the giants The Doors Beatles, Stones. On Sgt Peppers Cover right there in really small type almost hidden is "Welcome the Rolling Stones" if you look for it. The Rock
When rock and roll was GREAT! My first ticket concert. Led Zeppelin in ‘74. Stairway was 20 minutes. Jimmy played the double neck. Used a violin bow. What an introduction for a punk kid from the heart of Dixie. :-)
Got hooked on humble pie, faces, Uriah, purple, The Who, et al. Some great ones from Florida. Outlaws, hatchet, .38, petty, swampers..... Muscle Shoals had some big names pass through.
And disco. Tony Manero wasn’t the only one that could dance. Or had perfect hair, I tell ya! :-)
How can we ever forget Pink Floyd, Queen, with the best vocals and front man that ever lived Freddie Mercury and Brian May on strings, Skynrd, speaking of "swampers" with Ronnie Van Zant. I have to say that Deep Purple was the most talented overall on the circuit employing the greatest and simplest riff of all time in Smoke on the Water. When If I felt a little "pop" I would delve into the Ramone's. Main steam popular I know but I just couldn't take the Eagles.
My old buddy and his wife celebrated with Don on his 70th birthday.
We got to meet Henley, Frey, and Felder on seven bridges road back in ‘79 when they passed through town on their Hotel California tour. I especially liked Felder. We all had lots more hair back then. :-)
He taught guitar before the eagles and actually taught Tom petty some in Jacksonville Florida.
Bowbender, Different wine for different tastes. ;-) If the Eagles came on someone would always say...not again..... not everybody... but some of us including me. ;-) They were immensely popular like I said but we did not want to be our fathers, until later on when it was unavoidable. :-) I was just thinking about the 80's again and speaking of blasphemy nobody mentioned Robert Palmer, who unlike the corny Eagles (to us anyway but we where pretty much late 60's leftovers) in Hotel California, Palmer was the coolest performer of the time, and wrote the greatest one line in rock in Simply Irresistible..... " "She's so fine there's no telling where the money went"...back to the early mid- seventies....who could forget T.Rex and Bolan. They were the height of our ACID ingested period. Whew......
"Anyone still have a quality turntable and spinning vinyl?"
Yep, my good turntable from 35 years ago bit the dust last summer. My youngest daughter (she's 25), said no problem, I have an extra you can borrow. I noticed when I was over at her house last week, she had a couple of dozen albums that actually belong to me or my wife. Maybe I should say "belonged", as I got dirty looks and what sounded like a growl when I got too close to them. ;)
Salagi.....your daughter obviously recognizes musical talent and composition. Michael, Robert Palmer's Doctor Doctor 1979 release was about as beat as it gets. If that didn't get you movin you were either comatose from whatever or dead. Addicted to Love and I Didn't Mean to Turn You On sent the girls sky diving with his super sharp tailored suits and clean classy good looks. Rock Star..Period. Okiej.....always loved Seger Ballads and that raspy voice....another Star. Joey, You are right. Duran Duran was killer as was Steely Dan and Power Station never would have been if Duran don't go underground for a spell. I must mention Starships lead singer Marty Balin when he was with them and went solo with Hearts. When I wanted to get tight with my honey and then my bride I would always turn to Balin. Unique set of pipes. Man have I lived.
WRT Starship, Rocky, I always felt Mickey Thomas was the better voice. They put some cheese out during his tenure like “we built this city” but “Find you way back” and especially “Jane” was some asphalt kicking(as the DJs used to say) rock and roll.
Rocky I was in Second grade in 79. I had all the girls looking because I was always Luke Skywalker on the playground. The good old days. I still remember voting for Reagan in the mock election we had in school. I am trying to remember the music my parents had. I still remember the stereo they had and all the 8 track tapes. I know they had Blondie, Grass Roots, Linda Ronstad...... My uncle had one of the first vhs players sometime around then. That thing was as big as a suitcase. Lol
Joey, Jane was bad a$$ rock with Craig Chaquico's solo cutting a long swath. Balin with Miracles, With your Love, Count on Me and Runaway, although more POP, cut me to the quick when I wasn't in a rockin mood which was very rare but sometimes emotions get in the way. You know your music man. Michael, ......2nd grade. You missed the show but not the entire show.:-) Heat...Scorpions didn't get much airplay drowned out by Sabbath, Judas Priest and their like in the early years. Later I was out of heavy metal altogether, always that hidden southern rock in my heart.
DL, No I do not but I will. Bet your a$$ on that. ;-) PECO, I wasn't a Heart fan although they had some good releases. How in the hell did I not mention and forget Frank Zappa one of the best musicians ever to pick up an axe? I apologize.
Rocky, in the late 70s I won a Jefferson Airplane “picture disc” from a local radio station with those songs. Picture disc was a unique vinyl album. In this case, had a picture of the group on it. There are some info on if in the web. It was Jefferson Airplane Gold. Pretty cool.
And yea, I always felt Graig was very underrated and not mentioned as often as he should’ve been. He and Neal Schon have some great guitar instrumental stuff out there on YouTube. Both are great guitarists.
Someone mentioned Pantera...they were a hair band when they started out...look up their albums prior to cowboys from hell. It’s funny too see them like that. Phil arrived and DImebag really came into his own...they went to the metal side!!!
Joey, that's such a cool story about meeting those members of the Eagles. Reading your posts often makes me wanna move back down south and cruise places like the seven bridges road and a buncha others in the old Florida backwoods that frequently haunt my memories. But every time I go back to visit I find how much it's grown up and/or somehow changed for the worse.
I'm saddened to say that the old saying "you can never go home" rings loud & true to me.
Solo, there’ always gonna be change. Some for the better, some for the worse. Ya just gotta Roll with the changes. :-)
But yeah, I’ve been lucky and got to meet a variety of great musicians from the past. Hope to meet more. :-)
One if the bad changes is that many of the local venues that hosted bans before they made it big are gone. Seems that because the interest in playing and loss of venues in the larger cities around here and along the Florida pan handle may be long gone. I hope someday they come back. :-)
But some examples.......I got see bands like the black Crowe’s, blue oyster cult, brother Cain, mothers finest, the commodores, rem, driving and cryin, Styx, and some a few other local piano bar players that went on to be session musicians and backup singers and song writers around the Nashville area. Great fun and experiences.
Tommy Shaw was a couple years ahead of me in school but I got to hang around with his first band. Harvest. They played at al local schools for dances and such. And through him I got to meet some other bands musicians like jack blades and Brad Gillis of night ranger. And Damon Johnson of Brother Cain.
Anyway, yes it seems, you can’t “go back home”. :-)
Brotsky, saw 'em both in the late 70's. Around the time Boston took off. :-)
Matter of fact, saw Toto at local college campus, gym, in '78/'79. Anyhoo, their bus broke down about 3 blocks from the campus. Myself and couple of friends had just passed them when one of them said they thought that was Toto's tour bus. We whipped back around and pulled in behind to see if we could help. Got to meet the band. Have always liked Steve Lukather since. Nice guys.
I saw the Damn Yankees in Duluth Minnesota in 1991 while in the Coast Guard stationed on the bouy tender USCSC Sundew. They were rowdy! Uncle Ted rocked! Bad Company played after them, they rocked also.
..was listening to Sirius radio today what comes on? Steam...Richie DeCarlo...Na.. Na.. Na..hey hey Kiss Him Goodbye. I played it 10 times on youtube. If you didn't know you would bet that this was a black group with his voice. All time great and one hit wonder.
Just because a band had extravagant hair, doesn't make them a "hair band." Billy Idol was pop-punk. He was not a hair band. He wasn't even a band. Sound Garden was not a hair band. Flock of Seagalls was not a hair band, they played pop music.
Hair bands were bands with huge curly hair that played a heavy distortion-laced guitar rock, usually with a lead and rhythm guitar and sometimes a keyboard, that sang their lyrics loudly and passionately, usually to the point of corniness and usually at high pitches.
Bands like Poison, Warrant, and White Snake are prime examples.
Rocky, the most played song in sports. Right in front of we are the champions by queen. :-)
And yea, idyll, I always associated hair bands with those groups that plastered their ads all up and down the sunset. Lived in a one room apt and spent all their money on hairspray and makeup. And lived off the chicks paying for pizza and alcohol. :-)