Re: BEST HAIR BAND TOURNAMENT: GUNS n ROSES (#1) vs SKID ROW (#9)
My opinion of "Hair Bands" (Hair "Metal", Glam Metal, etc...) was that it
had Roots that originated from KISS. Kiss was the Alpha point of that
whole wave of 80s Hair music, and KISS was basically a product of a lot
of different (direct ties to single artists, or small cult spit offs of) off beat
Rock styles. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley purposely built KISS to be
a mixture of Early British Glam Rock acts like David Bowie, Sweet, T Rex
etc... which influenced some of the hot club bands of the late 60s and
early 70s who Gene and Paul were watching (like The New York Dolls).
They didn't want the "Gay / Homosexual" overtones but liked the Make up,
and carnival atmosphere of the music. They were also into the Shock Rock
factor that Alice Cooper was taking on Tour and Kicking Ass with.
They decided to take Alice Cooper's show and mix it with the Theatrics
of Glam Rock and formed it all around Really Loud, Hard Driving Rock licks.
THIS (IMO) spawned the 80s wave of Hair Band Music When some of the
local bar bands saw what Gene and Paul did with KISS. Quiet Riot,
Motley Crue, RATT, soon followed and within a few years it was the
80s signature music. ... Unfortunately, it was so popular, so fast that it
created a market for Record Companies to latch onto (like Disco in the
70s) and the same thing that killed Disco, also destroyed Hair Rock.
Overplayed, Overhyped, OVERDONE. The bands that originated the sound
and took what KISS created and did well with in the beginning, turned
into yet another dinosaur. Some of the early stuff was good, the latter stuff was
simply a washed out copy of the original.