Favorite "Hair Metal" Albums

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Jamie Laszlo, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Jamie Laszlo

    Jamie Laszlo Invader

    I was never a big fan of hair metal. (Back in the 80s “hair metal” wasn’t a term yet. We just used to say “pussy metal”.) But it’s hard to decide what is and what isn’t considered hair metal. Is Van Halen hair metal? Their’ first few albums may not be, but 1984 might be. 1980’s Scorpions kinda is…but 1970’s Scorpions is not. Post 1988 Bon Jovi is not…but pre 1988 might be.

    So I created the best list I could while making my own judgement on what is and what isn’t hair metal.

    30 Favorite “Hair Metal” Albums:

    1. Dokken- Under Lock and Key2
    2. Krokus- Headhunter
    3. Dokken- Tooth and Nail
    4. Cinderella- Long Cold Winter
    5. Junkyard- Junkyard
    6. Def Leppard- High ‘N’ Dry
    7. Guns N’ Roses- Appetite for Destruction
    8. Scorpions- Love at First Sting
    9. D.A.D.- No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims
    10. Def Leppard- Pyromania
    11. Van Halen- 1984
    12. Junkyard- Sixes, Sevens & Nines
    13. Mötley Crüe- Shout at the Devil
    14. Guns ‘N’ Roses- G ‘N’ R Lies
    15. Dokken- Back for the Attack
    16. David Lee Roth- Eat ‘Em and Smile
    17. Dangerous Toys- Dangerous Toys
    18. Cinderella- Night Songs
    19. Scorpions- Blackout
    20. Y&T- Ten
    21. Great White- …Twice Shy
    22. Krokus- The Blitz
    23. Great White- Once Bitten…
    24. Mötley Crüe- Dr. Feelgood
    25. Giuffria- Silk + Steel
    26. House of Lords- House of Lords
    27. Tangier- Four Winds
    28. Whitesnake- Whitesnake
    29. Y&T- In Rock We Trust
    30. Bon Jovi- 7800° Fahrenheit
  2. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    Not a fan...but I'll admit it's fun. And I'll also admit that some of the bands actually had talent....

    But I can dig the idea about just partying and having fun - seems like a cool idea for metal!

  3. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide ...quite like the Jack of Hearts...

    I remember I used to like Skid Row - Slave to the Grind, though I haven't heard it in a long time.

    Also this thread definitely need some Extreme, if only for the uncanny talent of Nuno Bettencourt. So le it be Pornografitti. ;)
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  4. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    Skid Row - Slave To The Grind is a fantastic album...BUT! I don't think I would ever call it hair metal. Their first album yes...But Slave To The Grind was much heavier!

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  5. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

  6. Brigantium

    Brigantium Grim Reaper Staff Member

    Are Extreme classed as 'hair'?
  7. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

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  8. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

  9. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

  10. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    Yes, yes it was. Listen to all of it and you'll see :)
  11. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide ...quite like the Jack of Hearts...

    Probably my mistake - I have always considered them "hair", though heavier and less silly than the norm.

    I too think Extreme are hair metal, but I don't think that's in any way offensive to them - inexact, maybe, as they've always tried to include some funk-metal elements as well - but I don't think any genre is bad in itself. And I honestly believe Extreme are the best. When I first heard Flight/He-Man Woman Hater, I was searching for my jaw in the basement for quite a while.
  12. Jamie Laszlo

    Jamie Laszlo Invader

    I am not a huge fan of this genre as well. You won’t find any Winger, Warrant, White Lion, Slaughter, Poison or Bullet Boys on my list. So I am kinda picky when it comes to “hair bands”. I guess I could have included Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry. That's not a terrible album.
  13. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    Well, it's a fine line of course. Sebastian Bach as a person was a poster boy for this genre back then in Kerrang etc....But I feel that as a band, Skid Row, very quickly turned their attention to the hard rock genre.....
  14. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    @Jamie Laszlo

    You want to start a hair metal thread without Warrant? Are you kidding me???

    Warrant is classic...

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  15. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Extreme - Pornograffitti

    Not their best album overall, but I wouldn't classify their later work as hair metal. Even Pornograffitti has a bit more to offer than what you'd expect from the genre. Nuno Bettencourt is also in my top 5 guitarists, huge talent.

    I also like the first Winger and Enuff Z'Nuff albums. Used to be really into hair metal, not so much anymore but those are three that have stuck with me.
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  16. Jamie Laszlo

    Jamie Laszlo Invader

    I wasn't a fan. And I would even go as far to say that Cherry Pie is the worst hair band single ever released. Good video...but awful, awful, lazily-written song. And I mean the melody is lazy...not the lyrics. Dumb lyrics are fine in a party song. But that melody...ugh.
  17. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway (slow heavy metal music playing)

    Really? Well, even Warrant became a serious band for a moment in the early 90s....Maybe inspired by Skid Row :p Good playing, good song.

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  18. Jamie Laszlo

    Jamie Laszlo Invader

    Yea. I remember Uncle Tom's Cabin. It wasn't bad...for them. I should also admit that Madalaine by Winger wasn't too, too awful. It had a little edge to it.

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  19. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    I really can't stomach hair metal at all. This is the best answer:

  20. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    I am a big of the whole 'pop metal' side of things, but the funny thing about the "hair metal" label is that there's always someone saying "Dokken wasn't hair metal", and "Europe wasn't hair metal" just because those bands we're actually good and "hair metal" is sort of looked down upon. The two bands mentioned here have something in common - they started out somewhere else, did the image for a while when it was popular, and then continued on with other things. Does that make them "true" hair metal bands, or were they just 'faking it' as those opposed to the image but love the bands like to tell you? Personally, I don't care - it's ridiculous!

    Anyway, being a Swede, I grew up and started listening to music right when the glam metal revival wave here peaked. A lot of bands took the Mötley Crüe-thing straight off, others tried to interpret it in new ways. Some of my first concerts was with bands like Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar, and it is only afterwards that I've discovered the bands that started the whole thing. The only thing that can be said for both waves is that quality varied, but there were some super-great stuff in both.

    Here are some great albums:

    Dokken - Under Lock and Key (1985)
    Dokken - Back for the Attack (1987)
    Dokken - Tooth and Nail (1984)
    Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' in a Casket (2007)
    Hardcore Superstar - Hardcore Superstar (2005)
    Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
    Europe - Out of this World (1988)
    Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority (2007)
    Crazy Lixx - New Religion (2009)
    Crashdiet - Rest in Sleaze (2005)
    Crashdiet - The Unattractive Revolution (2007)

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