I love the rock music of the eighties, there’s just some real good ole’ rock in that decade. In fact, you can often hear remixes or tributes to the rock songs of the eighties. For me, Rock Metal had its apex in the eighties and there are some really awesome rock singles that I enjoy listening to. I don’t beleive that any of the Metal bands used vintage electric guitars back then, I don’t think they could pull off the heavy distortion sounds that were very important to Metal Rock. Also, Vintage guitars would have taken away from the glam of the show, Metal concerts were all about entertainment and visual impact. I’ve always found Glam Metal Rock bands intriguing because the persona that most bands radiated was androgyny, but their songs and lyrics were testosterone fueled driven rock.
Here are a few of the many Glam Metal Rock bands that seems to have died in the 80′s. We’re talking about Motley Crue, Ratt, Guns & Roses, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Whitesnake etc. Although I don’t consider Aerosmith to be a glam metal rock band, even they delved into the world of glam for a while. Many of you will of course insist that Guns & Roses, Quiet Riot & Van Halen weren’t Glam Metal Rock bands, but of course I disagree, and this is my blog go and get your own . The Glam Metal Rock bands of the 80′s weren’t by any stretch of the imagination creating something new. They were taking much of their hairspray and androgyny from their predecessors the Glitter/Glam Rock bands of the 70′s like the New York City Dolls, Gary Glitter, T.Rex etc.
Here are some great images for you to digest. And no this isn’t an exhaustive collection, and I’m sure I’ve missed some great Glam Metal Rock bands, so don’t get excited.