Whitesnake’s self-titled 1987 album remains one of the best hard rock albums I’ve ever heard, and “Still of the Night” from that album holds up for me as everything hard rock should be – great guitars, melodic interludes and mighty vocals. David Coverdale was an exceptional singer with a soaring range and perfect control.
The audio emphasis was on catchy, thoughtfully composed melody. The visual emphasis back then was on ridiculously big hair. I was in my late 30s by then and didn’t feel any need to grow my hair that long and tease it out to the size of a medium shrub.
By the way, the girl in the video is Tawny Kitaen, an actress who later became Mrs. Coverdale. Their hair was a match made in the most up-market jungle.
For those of us that remember the decade known as the 80s, it was a fun decade. There were no major wars, no economic crisis that I knew of, and gases prices were lower than we will ever see again. Metal (or rock in general) was on MTV all day and was also on the radio. When I say metal I really mean the long-haired dudes that slightly resembled chicks (See photo to the right and below if you can’t imagine what I am talking about).
I was a tween and a teenager for most of the decade. When I reflected on the 80s I realized that the music (mostly in metal) revolved around three main topics; having a good time; hooking up and/or angst-ridden love; and the third topic was a general state of being heartbroken. The latter of the three usually came in the form of the popular 80s power ballad. Every band at the time had at last one or two. This Thursday’s theme is about a genre of music known affectionately as hair metal or hair bands.
Seriously, I am reviewing Whitesnake. After all the metal that has been reviewed and discussed on this blog I am going to review the latest installment from Coverdale and company AKA Whitesnake. Why? Well, it’s simple, I am a product of the decade otherwise known as the decade of decadence, the 1980’s. Yup, I am that old and I did not forget where I came from. Before I found my niche in metal with the Big Four and many others such as Overkill and Testament, I was listening to what we now call “Hair Bands” and Whitesnake was one of them…one of the better ones if you ask me. Some of the others that I still have room in heart for are Dokken, Ratt, Bon Jovi, and OMFG I am going to admit it, Winger! If I lost credibility I can deal with that, at least I am honest. I loved the 80’s. It’s nice to reminisce, but I do love my metal. I fall back for nostalgic reasons now and then.