The first hair metal band is argued by many, although Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" was the first metal album to reach number one on the bilboard charts, and so is often refered to as the begining of the genre, despite Quiet Riot being active throughout the 1970's.
The genre often involved high pitched vocals. The genre's direction would often differ from band to band or even song to song, some displaying pop characteristics, and other displaying blues characteristics, such as Warrant's "Train Train". Lyrical content would focus on an up-beat look at life, involving parties, drugs (Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood"), sex (Warrant's "Cherry Pie"), relationships (Blue Crystal's "Someone"), as well as other themes in keeping with a comical or "party hard" look on life ("Slick Black Catillac", "We're Not Gonna Take It", "You're The Only Hell Your Momma Ever Raised").
Power Ballads also became large in Hair Metal, and by the end of the 90's became incredibly processed and watered-down. Examples include "Living On A Prayer" and "Home Sweet Home".
Hair Metal has been meaningful. Warrant's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" deals with two innocents witnessing two police officers commiting murder, and Marilyn Manson's "Mechanical Animals" album deals heavily with the negative effects of drugs.
The visual component of Hair Metal is huge. Many hair metal bands had elaborate stage antics, with pyrotechnics and wire-work. Hair Metals also generally wear make-up, fashion their hair, and wear outfits suggesting femininity. One hair metal performer, Blackie Lawless, took this to the extremes by cutting pieces of raw meat up on stage via the buzzsaw attached to his cod-piece.
Hair Metal's decline is usually credited to the rise of Alternate Rock, although it can also be assigned to the genre being considered sexist, the break-up of key bands, many bands changing direction, and also many individuals involved entering rehab, as well as the "dark side" of the genre, which was displayed in "The Decline Of Western Civilisation II: The Metal Years", which showed many Hair Metalers intoxicated. Rather than looking "cool", it simply looked pathetic.
The genre now has an underground following, and has taken on a much edgier attitude, look, and sound. Many hair metal bands continue to tour and release albums, usually heavier and dealing with more extreme situations.
Bon Jovi (Early)
The Veins Of Jenna (An example of modern underground hair metal, also known as Sleeze Metal)
The only redeeming thing about it was the guitar solo because that's when the terrible singing stopped for a little while.
Started in LA by men with mullets who were only in it for the groupies,alcohol,meth and cocaine.
The men were all cross-dressers and resembled and took on the characteristics of their groupies to the point where other bands who were looking for groupies to fuck often mistook a band of hair metallers for a sixpack of groupie whores.
Butthead: are these chicks or dudes?
Beavis: whoa,I don't know
Butthead: well they better be chicks dammit because they're giving me a woody
Example doesn't use the word hair metal. Use the word in a sentence.
Person who bumped into girl on accident: Sorry, It was an accident =/.
Hair Metal guy: You layin your hand on my woman ! I'm gonna kick your ass !!!
Person : Dude it was an accident...sorry.
Hair Metal guy : (starts beating on person for no apparent reason)
Karma : * Hair metal jerkoff is engulfed in flames and slowly and painfully burns to death while razor-sharp rapiers slowly tear through his weak flesh as a gigantic hand crushes his thick skull*
Person: haha , fucker.
Karma : ^_^. Kthxbai.
Hair "metal" "musicians" consisted of young bratty slackers that dressed in drag and pitifully lacked in musical talent and creativity; these so called "musicians" really weren't musicians at all, rather they were not in it for the music; but for the money, women, drugs, rockstar image and fame that came along with it. In truth these slackers couldn't give two turds for the music they created, the only reason being these slackers joined rock bands was to follow the popular trend and become famous, sleeping there way to the top without any real effort.
see also: glam metal, arena rock
For Hair Metal, we have Warrant's lyrics to "Cherry Pie". Lets see how "meaningful" their lyrics are compared to Alternative Rock:
"She's my cherry pie
Cool drink of water
Such a sweet surprise
Tastes so good
Make a grown man cry
Sweet Cherry Pie
Now for Alternative, we have Alice in Chains' lyrics to "Sunshine". Lets see how meaningful their lyrics are compared to Hair Metal:
"Sunshine...sweet love my labor
Don't mind...I don't care no more
Memory, set me free, yeah
I don't care no more
Mother please, come for me
Can you face the question?
Is my soul entire?
Sunshine...sweet love my labor
Don't mind...I don't care no more"
Which lyrics have more meaning? It should be obvious that Alice in Chains' lyrics are more meaningful and kill Warrant's.
Now, let's have another test to let me confirmed that hair metal is artificial.
This is Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls" lets see how "meaningful" the lyrics are:
"Girls, Girls, Girls
At the Dollhouse in Ft. Lauderdale
Girls, Girls. Girls
Rocking in Atlanta at Tattletails
Girls, Girls, Girls
Raising Hell at the 7th Veil Have you read the news
In the Soho Tribune
Ya know she did me
Well then she broke my heart"
Now we have Smashing Pumpkins' "Today", lets see how meaningful the lyrics are:
"Pink ribbon scars
That never forget
I've tried so hard
To cleanse these regrets
My angel wings
Were bruised and restrained
My belly stings"
Obviously "Today" takes the reward. Who in the hell finds "Girls, Girls, Girls" meaningful?? Hair Metal was crap, so move on.
No dude, I'm not a shithead.