Around 1980 in LA, bands began to combine the aesthetics of bands like Hanoi Rocks, The Sweet with the musical style of bands like Van Halen and AC/DC. These bands quickly grew to dominate the scene, most famously at the club The Whisky-a-Go-Go. Motley Crue's Too Fast For Love was the album that got the scene going, but it wasn't until Quiet Riot's Metal Health that glam metal entered the mainstream. Much of this had to do with the image-centricity of the bands, and the attention they received from the just-starting MTV. For the next few years, glam would still be only a moderate success. All this would change with the release of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet in 1986 and Guns N‘ Roses Appetite for Destruction in 1987. Subsequently, glam metal became the dominant music genre, going on to rule the rest of the 80’s.
By the 90‘s, glam had become so successful that any band with a blond front man and a power ballad was signed. Great White, Poison, Warrant, Tuff, Skid Row, etc. began to dominate the scene, infesting the radio and MTV with countless power ballads and cheesy videos. The scene that had once taken pop music by storm had become a lame parody of itself, and overnight was cast aside in favor of newer rock.
With the release of Nevermind, Nirvana took MTV and the radio by storm faster than any band since GnR, opening the floodgates to alternative rock. Besides GnR and Van Halen, LA bands fell off the face of the Earth.
Stevie Rachelle (frontman for glam metal band Tuff) - "Yeah I saw you and your grunge band. When are you gonna learn, dirtball, that you can never mess with the likes of Twisted Sistah!"
Me - "Yeah, except that Dee Snider actually said several times that he liked grunge, moron. Go back to playing in bowling alleys and writing articles for that website nobody goes to, you disgruntled untalented retard."
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