These acts, also known as glam or lite metal bands, have become labeled--perhaps affectionately, perhaps jokingly--hair bands in reference to the hairstyles they proudly displayed during a time of Nintendo Entertainment Systems. Hair bands are known for outlandish perms, big bangs, backcombing , and lots of hairspray.
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Despite the fact that glam rock is decades removed from the mainstream, Trunk's show and others on the station are very popular and widely listened to. As much as in some areas it's still marginalized it can't be denied it impacted a massive amount of people," said Trunk. If you are between 40 and 50 years old this is what you grew up with, and it's being celebrated by those people as well as their kids who are discovering it through their parents.
Heavy metal music began nearly 50 years ago. In the beginning, there was the blues. From the blues spawned rock 'n' roll, and in the s, hard psychedelic groups such as Blue Cheer , Grand Funk Railroad , and MC5 , metal's precursors, emerged.
But the genre's two most influential bands came from England in the New Yardbirds and Earth--known later as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath , respectively. Unlike current times, in which there are massively successful festivals tailored toward specific metal audiences such as OzzFest , Knotfest , and Aftershock , DePaul University Sociology Professor Deena Weinstein explained that in the s, concert lineups were not specific to a genre. Black Sabbath, for example, could share a bill with diverse acts such as the Ramones or Yes. The fans of one subgenre generally eschew the other one.
Indeed, the styles of the two subgenres contradict one another in many ways. Musicians from one subgenre do not join bands in the other.
They are:. Glam metal's best were featured at a September music festival in Irvine, Calif. What struck me about Hair Nation was that this style of music has not been considered mainstream for at least 25 years, yet there is still significant demand to see these bands perform, as thousands attended the festival. Metal and hair metal have so many hooks, like really great popular music through the years.
People have so many memories associated with each album and song. Like any great music genre, it stands the test of time," stated Joe Truck, guitarist of Circus of Power , one of the festival's performing acts. It's a particular lifestyle and sound that transcends to younger generations. A separate but related takeaway is that glam's popularity in the mids to earlys represented the last time in the United States that musicianship was truly valued by the masses. This does not mean that there was not quality work to emerge from grunge, mainstream alternative rock, and nu metal of the s.
But it is hard to deny that the guitarists, drummers, and bassists of the glam movement are immensely talented at their respective instruments. That is simply not the case with contemporary mainstream bands, as one rarely even hears guitar solos when listening to new rock music on the radio. Trunk opined, "I feel every era had some great moments; however, the eighties may have been the last era of the rock stars.
And without question some amazingly talented artists came from that time and are still great at what they do. The impact of MTV cannot be overstated when talking about this genre. It broke many of these acts, but it also left people thinking of the visual of the time almost more than the quality of the songs and playing.
Trunk hates the term hair band. But I don't name these events. I think every era has its signature look and sound, and every era has good and bad bands," the broadcast veteran said. You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase.
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