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Glam Metal aka Hair Metal is an 80's style of Rock music consisting of charismic bands with Big hair and large ego's.
Though the 80's have past, there are still big Glam bands such as

Poison, KISS, Tigertailz, Van Halen.

These bands make us Hair metal fans proud.
"Alright, the next one i wanna dedicate to every here tonight. The next time youre walking down the road and someone gives you shit, You all got two middle fingers. You just turn 'round and tell them "Fuck You. I can fight dirty too" - Tigertailz (Welsh Glam Metal band)
by Sting Madison November 23, 2007
Hard rock originating from LA. Defined by bands wearing excessive ammounts of clothing with teased hair. Associated with the phrase 'sex, drugs and rock n roll'.

Got more action then every hater of the genre will ever get.
"Glam metal sucks."
"Shut the fuck up, virgin."
by Time Consumer June 10, 2008
A great genre of metal.

Doesn't matter how many people discard it at not metal, it truly is apart of metal history.

If anything, Nu-metal should be getting the criticism, this is how i see it.

Nu-metal is alienated from metal, musically, because it is based on alien musical influences, namely rap. Glam metal may have been "watered down" for commercial consumption, but it never pretended to fuse metal with anything. To change a Poison song into something that would be universally regarded as traditional heavy metal you need only speed it up, thicken the guitars, change the vocals and tweak the rhythms and such. To change a Korn song into traditional heavy metal you have to completely deconstruct it, and remove something fundamental to it--namely, the rap elements. There is thus a great musical difference between glam metal and Nu-metal.

So, For those who don't agree that glam metal is metal and prefer to call it rock music, I would suggest you are attempting to re-write history. Calling bands from this genre un-metal or unworthy would ruffle many feathers of longtime fans of metal that know glam metal does have it's place in metal.
Shout At The Devil By Motley Crue was Voted Number 9 On Rolling Stone's "Top 100 Metal Albums Of All Time"

Glam Metal Was The Most Dominant Genre Of Music In The 1980's
by kylexclusive July 10, 2008
Glam metal, also known as hair metal, is a metal sub-genre that gained popularity in the late 70's and early 80's. Influenced by 70's glam rock, shock rock, and hard rock bands like sweet, KISS, ac/dc, aerosmith, slade, david bowie, alice cooper, etc... Glam metal style included teased-up hair, leather, accessories, etc... The music included distorted guitar riffs, sing-a-long anthems, hard-hitting drums, and guitar solos, etc... The glam metal style was more about the lifestyle than the music even though the music played a HUGE part of it. It all started on the LA sunset strip.. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and formerly of Metallica used to say glam stood for "Gay LA Metal". It was very popular throughout the late 70's, the 80's, and very briefly in the early 90's.. The 90's hit glam metal like a freight train.. Nirvana's "Nevermind" album hit big along with other grunge bands Pearl jam, alice in chains, etc.. The glam metal genre was unpopular in the early 90's through the mid 90's until around 1997 some hair bands got back together and the genre was popular again.. Since '97 glam metal has remained underground, but still has a lot of great glam metal bands today.
Some popular 80's Hair bands include: Motley Crue, KISS, Poison, Def Leppard, Guns N Roses, Scorpions, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Skid Row, Van Halen, Tesla, Stryper, Warrant, LA Guns, Night Ranger, Nitro, Great White, etc...

Some new glam metal bands include: Crashdiet, Dirty Penny, Steel Panther, Hardcore Superstar, etc.....
by Smity Worben Man Jensen June 29, 2009
I've heard people give this genre a lot of crap, saying the GLAM part stands for "Gay L.A. Metal". To be fair, glam metal has some of the most wicked solos in metal. It's just too bad that gets overshadowed by the cheesy lyrics and the garish costumes.

There aren't many deep songs in glam metal. I personally can only stand it when i'm driving around somewhere. If you're in the mood to listen about sex and drugs, then go for this.

Anyway to all the people calling it homosexual...well I agree with one of the previous posters on here. The guys in these glam metal bands probably got laid hundreds of more times than you ever will. And look up some of the lead singers bios. They've dated some of the most beautuful women in the world. And you call that gay?

Sure you can bash someone for their horrible style, but calling them gay for it, makes you an asshat.

On a side note:
Motley Crue, Van halen, Poison, and Whitesnake are some of the more famous glam metal bands.
A glam metal song I can't stand is "cherry pie". It's so cheesy and I just hate that song so much.
by wrathkins June 14, 2008
The best music of all fucking time. Beats the shit out of Nu metal, emo, pop, and other crap out there.
Tesla, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Vixen, Tigertailz, Motley crue, and Poison are great glam metal bands
by Rockin' Monster April 08, 2010
Classified by its catchy, uplifting, headbanging, sing-along choruses and melodic hypersonic guitar solos, Glam Metal had the most talented musicians in metal. Glam metal songs have stood the test of time and age like fine wine. Contrary to thrashers and grungers, glam metal is not gay. Glam musicians sex with more women than both thrash metal and grunge combined!! Those genres were just jealous because they couldn't get any. Glam metal musicians have pushed guitar solos beyond what was humanly possible even for today's standards. Go listen to George Lynch, Reb Beach, Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kee Marcello, Warren DeMartini, Chris Holmes, Mick Mars, Steve Vai, Adrian Vandenberg and that's not even half of the virtuosos, I could keep going on forever! No one can deny the talent of these musicians. David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, is said to have the greatest voice in the history of rock n' roll (Still listen to "Still of the Night" by Whitensake and you'll what I mean). In short, as Joe Perry put it: "Glam/hair metal is American Rock N' Roll taken to the extreme." So show some respect...
Dokken, Ratt, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Europe, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Poison, Bon Jovi, L.A. Guns, Cinderella, Winger

Grunge person (All alone, depressed, smells like grease and crap): We don't play guitar solos, those are stupid

Glam Metal Musician (Surrounded by hot blonde groupies with huge tits): No, its not that you don't play them, its cause you can't play them!! hahahahahah!! Loser!!! Hahahahah!!!
by Gunsnroses118 February 01, 2009
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