A type of anti-music that became popular in the 1980's and officially died in 1991.
*Women's makeup worn on faces
*Tight, colorful clothing
*Loud, repetive drumbeats
*Guitar has a whiny sound
*Extreme emphasis on appearance
*Meaningless lyrics about alcoholism, promiscuity, and occasionally substance abuse.
Hair metal is essentially reinvented pop. Whereas metal in the 1960's and 1970's was about various subjects such as politics or personal experiences, hair metal was about hedonism. Hair Metal was the spearhead of teenybopper
movement, which was at it's strongest during the 1980's. Were it not for MTV and a legion of gullable fans, hair metal would have never grown into the music-destroying fungus that gave metal a bad name. As it became more synonymous with metal, true metal musicians founded what became known as the trash metal
movement, which was shot down in it's initial stages and would re-merge after the death of grunge
, which in of itself was a stab at hair metal.