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80's music question for those who were there

Discussion in '80's Music' started by opera races, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. opera races

    opera races Senior Member

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    Ok, I’ve been curious about this for awhile ... Am I the ONLY one who did NOT experience 80’s glam/pop metal music – during the 80’s - from a visual perspective? That is my main question lol.

    For various reasons I’m not going to go into now/here about all I had to go by most of the time (from the mid-80’s to early 90’s) was what I heard on the radio or on someone’s stereo, etc. Didn’t get to attend any (80’s band) concerts either. I think the magazines, etc. which covered that type of music were a little outside my reading interests then. Of course I get that it’s always been about the music first (or should be) but I’m saying the music was ALL I usually had to go by and what I heard is what influenced the few buying decisions I got to make as far as acquiring “new” music at the time. Ten years later I found out a lot of that music was part of some big scene I had no clue about that seemingly was more about the “look”.

    The real howler to me now is I was in Los Angeles in December ’87, happened to drive on Sunset Blvd. a few times (albeit during day or very late afternoon) and still had NO IDEA there was something going on! (Even funnier I found out much later on that was during the period Decline of Western Civilization II was being filmed!!!)

    For the most part the late 80’s bands I liked at the time were the ones who got lumped in with the “hair bands” but are not usually considered that way now (Tesla for one). However, it did shock the heck out of me to find out what some of these bands who did the songs I was into actually looked like during the 80’s – especially when I first got VH-1 Classic (when they still broadcast actual music videos most of the day) with my cable lineup and started catching up!
     
  2. Slip'nn2Darkness

    Slip'nn2Darkness Sub Sonic Soul Shaker

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    Opera.. As much as I love the whole 80's MTV exposure at the time.. I have to say I'm with you as far as I was working all the dam time and didn't get to go to concerts that much.:heheh:
    But from what I've discovered after digging into how things were back when all these glam bands started out, It was a hot spot in So Cal or the Whiskey A Go Go and the Blue room featured glam bands Like Motley Crue or LA Guns so the glam movement started to catch on.. Poison and other "Hair Bands" went for "the Look" and the music changed to more party rock with sappy ballads..
    But it was good times.. It lasted towards the end of the 80's and fans started to draw away from all these bands and were ready for something new.. Grunge hit the scene and things went in a total different direction..
    My love for all these hair bands stands strong.. I love all that stuff and have quite a bit of it that I play on a daily basis..
    Tesla came in at the end and was apart of a different tide.. bands like Steel Heart and others thought they could still ride the hair train but it was already losing popularity with the charts and MTV.. VH1 hit the scene and tried to change up the formula to more alternative related bands.
    So IMO.. MTV and VH1 has set the precedence of what is supposed to be popular.. I'm saying that this is a result of the 80's and 90's programming.
     
  3. LG

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    I never followed the Glam movement very much either, that was when I was playing hockey and football and didn't really pay close attention to music until the end of the 80's was drawing near.

    I still like the music from that decade, including glam/hair metal(A name which I don't agree with...:nw:) and prefer it to the Grunge/Alternative movement that displaces it as Slip has described.

    The 80's were fun, and I have never lost my fondness for the decade and the music that was made back then.
     
  4. Lynch

    Lynch Here for the cookies and the tunes

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    I went to a TON of concerts in the 80's, most of which would be considered part of the 'glam rock', 'glam metal', 'hair metal' or just flat out heavy metal. I saw artists from KISS to G'n'R to Metallica to Van Halen, Motley Crue, Ozzy, Scorpions, AC/DC, WASP, Tesla, Great White, Dokken, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, etc etc etc. The single greatest genre of music EVER in my honest opinion. Also some of the absolute best concerts I've ever seen were during that era. Typically most were high energy with very good stage shows.

    I also saw bands/artists like Pink Floyd, Don Henley, Glen Frey, Billy Idol, Pointer Sisters, Bob Dylan (worst show ever), Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, Soundgarden ... the list goes on and on. Pop bands, mainstream rock and the like NEVER could entertain me in the way that the types of bands I listed above could do. I know that on this site, I am in the minority when it comes to "classic rock" vs "80's glam rock", but I don't care. I know what I love and I love it to death.
     
  5. Mr. Bob Dobolina

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    I completely missed the whole 80s music scene. I was so into the music of the 60s and 70s that I ignored the 80s stuff (unless it was the Stones, Bowie, McCartney, etc.). I didn't even watch MTV unless I was at a friend's house. The only metal I listened to was KISS, Alice, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, UFO and whatever else came out of the 70s. I only discovered Guns 'N' Roses, Motley Crue and similar bands when they started getting played on "classic rock" radio.
     
  6. opera races

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    I think "hair metal" and "hair band" were terms that got applied much later on. From what I remember at the time they were all rock bands ... and sounded like rock bands ... no matter what they looked like.

    I don't think I'd even heard of Motley Crue specifically until I read about Heather Locklear getting married to Tommy Lee.

    I just recalled something I hadn't thought of for awhile. In 1988 after I first moved to Florida I was at Electric Avenue (which no longer exists) at Montgomery Ward (which no longer exists) at a mall (which no longer exists) in Tampa (which I hope exists or else my job is a figment of my imagination!) and decided to buy some cassettes (wasn't into CD's yet and much more portable for playing in my vehicle than vinyl records). I bought three or four, all current albums at the time, I think, and all music I'd been hearing on the radio and liked. This might be a surprise, considering, but one of the cassettes was POISON - Open Up and Say Ahh ... and only because when I picked it up and looked at it I noticed it had some songs I'd been hearing and liked so I thought, why not? I have no clue offhand what my other selections were but the sales clerk who I think was about the same age as me seemed to approve of the other cassettes but when she saw the Poison cassette looked at me funny and made a few comments! :heheh: Again, I was only going by what I had heard and liked and had no idea (seriously) about Poison's whole look and image thing they had going on! I still have the cassette and I think I even have the album on CD now but admit I haven't listened to any Poison albums in an extra long time!

    I think my biggest shock probably had to do with Warrant. I remember hearing Uncle Tom's Cabin on the radio a lot and just loved that song but for whatever reasons (sort of have an idea but don't want to go there) I didn't pursue finding out which band did the song or what album it was on. Some years later after I'd gotten into the CD format I bought a Best of Warrant CD because I noticed Uncle Tom's Cabin on the track listing. I looked at the rest of the songs on the CD and went :omg: the Cherry Pie guys are the same guys who did Uncle Tom's Cabin? :wtf: Actually I like almost all the rest of the tracks on the CD pretty well ... except for their cover of Queen's We Will Rock You!

    Another shock was the song Patience - and finding out it was a GNR tune and exactly who GNR were :heheh: (that obnoxious band with that Axl Rose guy I couldn't stand going by what I'd heard about him ;)) Though I liked Sweet Child O Mine at the time too and do like some of their other older MUSIC now.

    Two other bands I was into during the "hair band" era - NOT bands from that time which I discovered later on - are Cinderella and Great White. Cinderella I don't think I made much of how they looked and enjoyed their music. Great White to me seemed like a "normal" straight forward rock band who I think got sucked into that "hair metal" label even though I still don't think they are/were.
     
  7. Lynch

    Lynch Here for the cookies and the tunes

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    very true. Those labels didn't get tacked on until the VERY late 80's at the earliest but mostly into the early 90's.


    Very true on both accounts. Cinderella's first album could be more of that "hair band" thing, but everything after that was definitely just a straight forward rock band with a lot of blue-based riffs and stylings. Great White was along the same lines. Rock band turned blues-rock band but for the most part, nothing I'd classify as part of the "hair band" genre. Another standout rockband from the 80's that gets lumped into that sub-genre is Tesla. A straight up, in your face rock band that just belted out great song after great song and didn't resemble the hair band image or style at all, yet still get that classification sometimes.

    Bleh, it doesn't matter to me. At times, I've thought that the label sucks, but for the most part, it doesn't bother me. I know what that label represents (to me) and that's all that matters. Good times, great songs, fantastic fun bands that didn't piss and moan about how much life sucks in their songs. Sure the power ballad stuff is mostly about lost love and heartbreaks, but that's completely different (to me).

    :cheers2
     
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    I also agree with Cinderella. I'll always defend them...a great hard rock blues band that kicked ass. They may have had long hair and looked a bit outlandish on the first album cover, but were far from being a cliche' hairband.

    Along with good 'ol R & B I always heard a steady stream of AC/DC and Aerosmith oozing from them.

    Just listen to 'Smith's No More No More and picture it as a Cinderella tune. Yup, you can hear it. :grinthumb

     
  9. Slip'nn2Darkness

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    MP can attest to other bands that weren't apart of the 80's glam scene but were in force making their marks during the late 70's one that comes to mind is Angel
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    Angel rocked big time..

    And lets not forget a couple of USA guys who tried out the glam look..
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    So maybe the rock bands of the 80's were trying on this glam look to gain some exposure.. Shock value..
    I'm thinking it really didn't have anything to do with glam only costumes they used in the early days. Pretty boys in heels that could kick your ass as Axl put it..:heheh:
     
  10. TheWhalerfan

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    I watched a zillion videos all through the 80's, right from about 1982 to 1992 or so, so I guess you could say I saw the spandex pants, scarves. and makeup on all kinds of 'rock' heroes. It was a time where bands looked like crap but quite often made some cool music, and if you like it you like it. The styles of today will be laughable in a couple decades too. Eventually people will be wondering wtf was up with "grills" and baggy pants.

    Uh, to answer your Q yes, you are one of the few.
     

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