Originally Posted by COCKDIESEL
100% agree with you about GNR. They came along during the end of the hair metal era but were not a hair metal/glam rock band. They deserve to be put in the same group with The Who, the Stones, even dare I say it Led Zeppelin as just one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time.
There was a big wave of Good R&B Rock bands that came along in the
late 70s that "sort of" carried the torch for the early pioneers of Rock.
Van Halen, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top etc..... starting around 1980 (the coming
of MTV) "Rock" music kind of morphed into this large melting pot of "Stuff
Bands having a good SOUND wasn't the most important thing anymore, so
much as they had to be "Pretty" so MTV could market them in videos.
I really didn't even call most of it ROCK n ROLL. Hate using the term, but
the majority of the early 80s stuff was "Gay Rock". ... Frankie Goes to
Hollywood, The Thompson Twins, Kajagoogoo, Crowed House, Big Country
etc.... Even the good rock bands that came out of the 80s were "fluffed
Up" to look good in videos. The Pretenders, U2, Men at Work, INXS.....
Even The Police (a band I really liked), came out of the Punk Rock
movement of the late 70s, but got "MTV'd" into trying to Look good
and sound good too.
IMO, the two best ROCK artists out of the post 70s was Guns n Roses
and Tom Petty. Wasn't what you'd call "Pretty" or visually appealing, but
they were the last gasp of what Real Rock music used to be. Unfortunately,
after they got out of their prime, there hasn't been another band / act
to pick up where they left off. ... IMO, Rock and Roll died with them.