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- Cinderella – Shake Me
- White Lion – When The Children Cry
- Giuffria – Call to The Heart
- Great White – Once Bitten Twice Shy
- Warrant – Heaven
- Ratt – You’Re in Love
- Skid Row – 18 and Life
- Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time
- Dokken – Into The Fire
- Danger Danger – Naughty Naughty
In 1986, one of the most distinguishable and talented hard rock bands debuted with an album that put to shame even the rock veterans. Vocalist and lead songwriter Tom Keifer is one of the reasons why this world is such a great place! “Shake Me” was their debut single and I thought that it’s a very good place to start our glam rock discussion and playlist. The MV is iconic and the song that accompanies it is just brilliant! Tom is a killer, one-of-a-kind vocalist and “Shake Me” is a great upli...
New York’s White Lion, led by Danish singer Mike Trampand and guitarist Vito Bratta debuted in 1983 but it was their sophomore album, titled “Pride” (1987) that drove them to stardom. I’ve always considered White Lion, along with Cinderella, as two of the most talented and worthy examples of glam rock bands. That sophomore album by White Lion is filled with outstanding rockers, including classics like “Wait” and “Tell Me”. This time, though, the focus would entirely be on the beautiful mellow...
Giuffria (led by keyboardist Gregg Giuffria) debuted with a splendid self-titled album in 1984. Armed with breathtaking songs, like “Do Me Right”, “Don’t Tear Me Down” and of course “Call to The Heart”, no wonder the impact of that album was so colossal. “Call to the Heart” is I believe the greatest song of their career (not to mention a personal favorite). Vocalist David Glen Eisley should’ve been bigger. His voice strikes quite the resemblance with Steve Perry, actually. Anyhow, I stand by...
Although it’s a cover version of a popular song by Ian Hunter, I decided to include “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” by Great White because I think it’s much better (and more influential) than the original. On top of it all, it’s the song that defined Great White’s career like no other, reaching top 10 positions in both UK and the States. “…Twice Shy” (1989) was the crown jewel of Great White’s career, I believe. This song, along with classics like “The Angel Song” and “House of Broken Love”, also fe...
Power ballads were a must for any hard rock band. No power ballad = no chance of getting signed to a label or releasing an album. Those were the rules of the game and Warrant just knew how to win it. “Heaven” was the second single from their 1989 debut album, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”. It didn’t take that long for the track to became a sensation and turn into the band’s most commercially successful song of their career. The fans, the radio stations, the critics – everyone loved it a...
I can’t talk about glam rock and not mention Ratt! Their sophomore album, titled “Invasion of Your Privacy” (1985) is a premium example of an album, following the musical trend and one of the best of its kind, as a matter of fact. Classics like “What You Give Is What You Get” and “Lay It Down” could be heard on that second release of theirs. For this playlist, however, I chose their second single “You’re in Love” because I love the strong vibe that comes out of this tune. One listen and you’r...
Moving on to Skid Row, I think this song right here is where all discussions about the band should begin. Don’t get me wrong, they have so many songs that deserve recognition (and got way more of it compared to this one), but I think if we have to choose just one, it has to be “18 & Life”. Released as a single from their debut self-titled album, the rocker quickly turned into Skid Row’s biggest hit and ultimately a turning point in their career. I am a huge fan of Sebastian Bach and I even th...
If for a moment there we don’t look at that bizarre and ridiculous album artwork, we can actually find some excellent glam rock gems inside the album. The first single from “Open Up and Say… Ahh!” (1988) carries the laid-back title “Nothin’ but a Good Time”. I chose this song, because it sums it up quite well: the ‘80s, the glam metal, the music, the bands – it was all about having nothing but a really good time. It’s a fun tune, capturing the essence of the genre – both lyrically and musical...
“Tooth and Nail” (1984) is an absolute masterpiece and one of my most beloved albums of all time. The strength and musical brilliance of the album were born out of the hardships Dokken had to go through before releasing it. It was a tough time to be a glam rock artist in the late 80s – a period dominated by the early grunge movement. Despite all, the album materialized and thank God it did otherwise we wouldn’t have songs like “Into the Fire”. I am highly biased but that doesn’t mean I’m wron...
We had a good time, we listened to some gorgeous power ballads and lyrically-rich tunes but now it’s time to wrap things up on a less-meaningful note. Danger Danger are the glam metal band to listen if you just want to have fun and forget about it all! Their self-titled debut album spawned some great songs, designed to bring you nothing but a sweet enjoyment! The debut single of their eponymous album bears the catchy title “Naughty Naughty” and as you suspected, it just can’t be taken serious...
- Alice Cooper. The Grand Dark Godfather of Glam Metal himself, Alice Cooper fully embraced the form for this 1989 comeback record Trash—and, oh, did it work.
- Enuff Z’nuff. Elaborately attired Chicago craftsmen E’Nuff Z’nuff combined ’70s power-pop (Sweet, Raspberries, Cheap Trick) with the gaudiest flights of ’80s glam fancy to conjure a still-enduring cult following.
- Girlschool. Roaring forth from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (like Def Leppard), Girlschool adapted well to hard rock’s stateside glam tsunami (also like Def Leppard), and issued a prolific series of albums that didn’t exactly sell in astronomic numbers (quite unlike Def Leppard).
- Love/Hate. Indulging their own spooky impulses and (somewhat) copping a goth-look vibe from the Cult, L.A.’
'80s Glam Rock is made up of big hair and performers who did not last as long as their hairspray. But there is some great music here. Whitesnake's 1987 number one hit "Here I Go Again" pushed this band over the top.
The glam rock scene came into limelight in the 70s and spawned an explosion of glam acts in the 80s and early 90s. Memorable anthems of several glam metal bands evoke special memories of the past. Shrill voices accompanied with thunderous drums, bass, keyboards and guitar mesmerized crowds.
How are the Glam rock singers from 80s three decades later: Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) The glam rocker Stephen Pearcy (born July 3, 1956) is still Ratt frontman and continues to tour with the band. Also, he created the bands Firedome, Crystal Pystal, Mickey Ratt and Ratt Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex.
- MÖTLEY CRÜE. Embedded from www.youtube.com. Mötley Crüe is nothing less (and, in fact, a whole lot more) than the biggest, best, most outrageous, most unhinged, most extreme-in-every-sense over-the-top and off-with-their-tops living, rocking, wrecking embodiment of 1980s hair metal itself.
- GUNS N’ ROSES. Embedded from www.youtube.com. Are Guns N’ Roses the single greatest rock-and-roll band to appear on this list? Absolutely. Are they glam metal?
- POISON. Embedded from www.youtube.com. The cover art of Look What the Cat Dragged In arguably stands (and winks and pouts and blows kisses) as the single most definitive photo-based image of the entire ’80s glam metal movement.
- HANOI ROCKS. Embedded from www.youtube.com. Really, it all starts with Hanoi Rocks, and, in a large sense, glam metal never entirely recovered from the ferocious Finn packing it up in the aftermath of drummer Razzle’s horrific 1984 car crash death (compounding the tragedy is that Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil was the one drunk driving).
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- T. Rex. Marc Bolan, who for all intents and purposes was T. Rex, more or less invented glam rock in 1971. Dialing back the freak-folk of his first band John's Children and the original incarnation called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and adding some electrified Chuck Berry groove to his Tolkien tales, Marc rocked glitter and boas like few other.
- David Bowie. Like Bob Marley did with reggae, Bowie embodied the genre while simultaneously rising above it, creating his "Ziggy Stardust" persona after seeing his good friend Marc Bolan's career take off with a similar concept.
- New York Dolls. The New York Dolls changed the world in about a dozen tracks — much like their predecessors who took inspiration from them, the Sex Pistols.
- Slade. The bad boys of UK glam, Slade partied and performed like the good-time hooligans they were, mastering the art of the crowd anthem with purposefully misspelled chants like "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now."