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Mammal’s Merry Memories: Ratt – Round and Round (1984)

Glam metal, hair metal, whatever you want to call it, had a relatively short life span. It came to the fore in the early 1980s. In the 1990s, the new West Coast sound of grunge stole huge chunks of the glam metal audience. Lavish hard rock and heavy metal played by long-haired people in strange clothing and make-up gave way to the stark, simpler, harder and more socially relevant bands headed by Nirvana.

However, fans of 1980s heavy metal and hard rock generally enjoyed this kind of music and many still do. I’m one who does. It’s jolly and bouncy.

Ratt was one the most successful glam metal bands in the USA during the ’80s. This song is probably their best-known. It’s from their third album, Out of the Cellar, which I still play.


Album Review: Broken Bones – Dokken

87e39fa3b3330f5138a4758327713666If you know me or have been following this blog, you know that I have a fondness for that glorious decade the 1980s.  It was a fun decade and an interesting one for Rock/Metal.   Grown men wore makeup, high-heels, and more hair product than your average woman.  Songs of that day revolved around three basic ideas:  Getting laid, partying, and breaking up.  Well, Dokken was one of those bands I thought broke out of that mold a little bit.  Sure, you can see the spandex and makeup on the cover of Under Lock and key (an amazing album), but Dokken didn’t take the style of the decade to excess like Pretty Boy Floyd or Poison; I think that’s why I liked them so much as I reflect on it now.  If you were a fan of the band, chances are you were a fan of George Lynch, their long time guitarist; probably one of the best at the time.  Fast-forward to 2012, Dokken’s Broken Bones does not feature Lynch on guitar, but don’t let that keep you from buying/listening to this album; it’s every bit the Dokken you used to know and love.

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The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 7: Seven Glam Bands A-Laying

fd8b0f77d767f1f6640afba6916ff67c_LOn the 7th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Seven Glam Bands a- Laying
Six Slayers Slaying
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss
Four Crying Birds
Three French Bands
Two Headless Doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

Besides starting a massive wave of uber-cheesy bad boy love ballads and countless songs about ‘having a good time’, the glam metal bands of the 80’s got laid, a lot, a real lot. Even though they were covered in lipstick, hairspray, and were more sparkly than a modern-day excuse for a vampire, they were swimming in a deluge of vagina.

More glam after the jump:

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Monday Metal Madness: The 80’s

Last week’s gaming poll revealed that most people would prefer to play RTS games for action packed multiplayer fun.  Thank you to those that voted.

Lately, I have been on some kind of Steel Panther kick which, of course, has heightened my desire to go back to the 80’s (not physically) and listen to some cool “Hair metal.”  This poll is about those bands that I thought were better than average due to their song composition or quality musicians.  In other words, this poll isn’t about one-hit-wonders from that decade.  My opinion probably differs from most on what I perceive to be good 80’s metal, but probably not that far off the mark.  I am going to leave out the obvious stars of the decade – Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Aerosmith, etc.  This poll is about the other ones that didn’t quite make it that big or unfortunately didn’t last.  Here are my choices.

Dokken was probably one of my all time favorites back then.  I had a few I liked, but Dokken was a bit different from the rest of the pack.  George Lynch is  a great guitarist and it’s too bad that interpersonal relationships within the band ended their reign.  Here is the video for The Hunter off the album Under Lock and Key.

Extreme was never really one of my favorites back in the day, but when they had a good song it was really good and catchy.  They are probably best known for the song More Than Words, unfortunately because it was sappy and chicks dug it.  They had more substance to their music than that particular ballad.  For a brief moment, they had Mike Mangini in the band who recorded this particular song (below), Hip Today, back around 1995.  Although this song was not recorded in the 80’s, the band formed in the 80’s and reached the pinnacle of their career at the tail end of the 80’s into the early 90’s.  This one is a bit of a grey area for the poll, but I believe still qualifies for this post based on the style of music they played.

This Sacramento, CA band was a bit more stripped down than most other bands of the 80’s.  Though forming in the mid 80’s, they also took their career into the 90’s before virtually disappearing for a while.  Tesla had a hard rock edge to them; less glam and more emphasis on rock n’ roll and that is what I liked about them. Here is the video for Love Song.

Of the bands listed so far, Ratt is probably more glam than the rest.  They formed in the early 80’s and lasted quite a while for disappearing and then recently releasing an album in 2011.  I actually had Out of the Cellar on vinyl; I think that was the last record I ever owned before switching to cassette…just dated myself.  They may have been more glam, but weren’t so over-the-top-cheesy.

Believe it or not, this 80’s band featured two members that both played in Megadeth.  While Lion, another band with a killer ballad, couldn’t quite reach a status to that of some of their counterparts.  I think it might have had something to do with their Extreme-like ballad When The Children Cry which was way over played.  Other than that popular tune, these guys did know how to rock out.  They tried to reunite and tour in the last several years, but interpersonal problems and threats of lawsuits prevented that from happening.

I could probably go on for quite a while, but these bands were probably the ones I listened to most in addition to the über popular bands listed above that are not on this list.  Do you have any favorites from those days – Trixter, Bang Tango, Skid Row?  Feel free to write in your vote.


In Case You Haven’t Picked It Up Yet

Here’s an official full album stream of Machine Head‘s new album Unto the Locust.  Not much more to say other than this is one spectacular slab of metal(I think I slobbered over this enough already…)  If you haven’t picked it up yet this should be lighting the fire under your ass.  Also, there’s a stream of Balls Out, the new album by the ultra-classy 80’s metal throwback band Steel Panther.  It includes perennial classics such as “Just Like Tiger Woods”, “17 Girls in a Row”, and “It Won’t Suck Itself”.  Seriously though, it’s got some killer metal and the lyrics are surprisingly clever, you’ll have a good time listening to it.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!