Hair metal is a sub genre of heavy metal which is more chart-oriented than a lot of other rock music. It's often criticised for being entirely based on image and for the musicians being crap. However, the truth is that all genres of music have an associated image; even grunge has its own anti-fashions. The image of the hair metal bands was tight spandex or leather trousers, eye makeup, and long, dyed black or blonde hair, styled with lots of spray to make it look bigger. The required effect was to look like a slightly ugly girl, or in the case of some, a rather attractive girl. In fact, the Aerosmith song Dude Looks Like A Lady was written about Vince Neil, the singer from Motley Crue.
The hair metal genre started because a generation of young people were influenced by Aerosmith and the New York Dolls. Bands in the genre include Hanoi Rocks, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Europe, Bon Jovi (more for the sound than the image) and even Aerosmith themselves when they made their late 80s comeback. To clear up any misunderstandings: Guns N' Roses originally came from the hair metal scene, but had more success than a lot of the other bands because their music was more varied in style and in the theme of the lyrics, so they appealed to people who didn't like hair metal. I would say that GNR are probably the crossover point between hair metal and straight-up heavy metal.
Grunge is said to have killed hair metal, however,many of the hair metal bands are now making a comeback with reun...
Hair metal is subgenre of heavy metal. Also called glam metal. It started on the sunset strip in los angeles. The sunset strip was made famous by van halen. Quiet riot got signed and other bands started to get signed like ratt,dokken,montley crue. The music was pretty good. Most people thinks it gay music cause the bands wore catskin,makeup and looked like hot chicks. Maybe you should ask all the groupies from back then if they were gay. Later bands like bon jovi,warrent,and winger are not hair metal there hair pop-rock bands or whatever. They ripped off poisons succsesful balled every rose has it thorn. With there own balleds.
Hair metal:montley crue,dokken,ratt,quiet riot. Not hair metal: guns n roses,poison,winger
hair metal, in my opinion, is pretty fuckin awesome. i mean who cant love EXTREMELY talented and dedicated musicians performing their hearts out? definetly beats the whole "i hate the whole fucking world so im gonna go a month without washing my hair and im gonna act depressed so that "cool" chicks/guys will like me, etc"...which is shit, btw. alot of retarded critics say that hair metal is sooo over the top and sooo polished and they want real....raw music....well, dammit if the polished and over the top stuff sounds a hell of a lot better than said real and raw music, then why shouldnt you fucking listen to it? so what if alot of the people in the hair metal bands had long (usually gorgeous....sorry im a girl....i love long hair like, idk dave sabo's) hair and wore make up and some looked like they belonged on the cover of Cosmo instead of the Rolling Stone....but didnt they sound good? isnt that what really matters.....i mean the hair metal guys had REAL musical talent (of course there are a few exceptions...not many though...)and they worked their asses off to make their music perfect while those dumbasses who played grunge music (now im not COMPLETELY opposed to grunge....but alot of it is crap)just sat on stage droning about how awful life is. idk about you but i'd pick the polished over the top guys....
SKID ROW, bon jovi, poison, motley crue, warrant,etc,etc,etc.....hair metal is amazing, to put it in a nutshell
this isn't much of a definition but seriously whoever writes these things about hair metal doesn't have a clue! The term hair metal started out as a derogatory for glam rock or whatever you want to call it. Some people originality called it teeth metal mainly because everyone was seen to be having a good time. which to me is what music is all about.
here is an example of a noob... Success in hair metal was primarily achieved through placing primary importance on the ability to pose for the camera, and comprising your band with simpletons with little or no musical ability, much less creativity.
have you ever listened to any glam rock? some of the guitarists of that era pushed the boundaries of solos. The thing is many solos may be easy to play, but to compose them in the first place takes some serious creative talent.
Hard rock music that began in the early 1980's and lost much popularity during the 90's, due to Kurt Kobain and the grunge
movement. Hair metal bands are reconisable by their big hair and flashy clothing. They mostly wrote songs about partying, women, and their whole lifestyle.
Popular Hair metal bands: Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Cinderella, Warrant
A band of the hard rock or heavy metal variety associated with the 1980s, even if from the early 90s (as was the case with Damn Yankees, Mr. Big, Nelson) "Hair metal" was a term not coined until well into the 90s, but roughly covers what was known in the 80s as "glam metal".
Self-proclaimed haters of hair metal try to define the genre as music with all focus on image, and contrast it with grunge
. Yet in grunge
, the lack of aesthetics became a trendy enforced look itself, and the scene never produced any virtuoso "musician's musicians". Many credit Nirvana and grunge with the "death" of hair metal, but this is historically inaccurate, as hair metal's loss of popularity was mainly due to 1) sudden denial by radio stations and Mtv of any airplay or promotion, and 2) unrelated pitfalls of many key bands in a very short time span: Ozzy Osbourne had announced retirement, inner conflict led to Guns n' Roses' break-up, too many years taken off in between some band's albums (Metallica, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Def Leppard), while other bands lost prominent members (Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Poison).
Most hair metal bands in fact continued to put out albums and play small venues throughout the 1990s, finding promotion via the internet, college radio, and the work of loyal fans. Ironically, it then became a much more anti-corporate, "alternative" form of musi...
Hair metal is a term that was coined in the 1990s, but in it's heyday in the '80s it was called "glam metal." It emerged in the mid and late '70s with bands like KISS, Van Halen, Def Leppard, etc. However, disco and the singer soundwriter era dominated that era until 1981 when MTV came out and drowned our TVs with New Wave and punk rock. It wasn't until '83 when Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noise" topped the charts, bringing "hair metal" into the mainstream.. Bands like Iron Maiden, Ratt, Motley Crue, etc. At the same time, the bands in the LA scene from the sunset strip would make it big in the mid and late '80s. From the late '80s into the beginning of the '90s, hair metal became saturated with power ballads, alcoholism, and problems within the bands. The hair metal power ballad dominated the charts from 1986 through 1991. Then all of a sudden, an unknown band from an underground scene in Seattle launched this one particular song in late 1991 that changed the rock scene forever... By 1992, hair metal fizzled away....
"Hair Metal=Jack Daniels, parties, women, panties, fame"
"Kick-ass scene in '85, lame-ass power ballads and excessive drinking in '90."