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I'm listening to a band everyone here in the US needs to hear.

WIG WAM

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Let's be honest – the guys look pretty freeking bad and their image definitely plays on the whole taking-the-mickey out of the genre they represent. These guys are walking the thin line between tribute and parody that The Darkness also treads.

Where Wig Wam gets it right over The Darkness is that they don't try and take the piss on every track. Yes, they have a $h!load of fun, but there are serious moments too.

And the songwriting is nothing short of fantastic – inspired by the very best moments of an era now past, with the production sound and energy of today's technology.

And Wig Wam don't have a bloody annoying vocalist who doesn't know how much is too much.

These guys are a class act and the performances on this record better their debut in every way - better vocals, better hooks and melodies, bigger backing vocals and a collection of very memorable songs.

Anyone that owns anything by Poison, Kiss or even early Van Halen needs to check these guys out – if you haven't already been converted.

The Bottom Line

Wig Wam do have that 'look at me' image, but thankfully their music has far more depth and the songs speak for themselves. This album has an amazing sound that any major label would be proud of and fans of late 80s hard rocking anthems are going to be blown away by the consistency of this collection of good fun rockers and blazing guitar fueled anthems.

One album that is destined to feature in many year-end 'best of' lists.

and I have heard their other debut HARD TO BE A ROCK AND ROLLER and its awesome.

I am listening to clips if this new one WIGWAMANIA now and they are awesome too.

too bad you have to buy this as an import.

talk hair bands here, new or old.

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Flock of Seagulls! :ph34r:

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Flock of Seagulls! :ph34r:

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I wonder what the guy with the hair is up to now. The other three are probably insurance salesmen somewhere, but that guy, he has to be up to something great. Or he's dead.

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He's not only the president of the Hair Club for Men, he's also a client.

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A Flock of Seagulls (technically not a "hair band") was on the NBC show "Hit Me Baby One More Time" last summer where they performed with the likes of the Motels (or atleast Martha Davis of...), Tiffany, the Knack (or atleast Doug Figer of...), Wang Chung, Vanilla Ice, Tommy Tutone, and Missing Persons.

Back to the subject, I was a big "hair band" fan back in the day. But my tastes tended to shy away from the Poisons and Warrants of the world. I still like Def Leppard, Kix, House of Lords, and the like.

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let's hear some love for

DANGER DANGER

DRIVE, SHE SAID

DIVING FOR PEARLS

SURVIVOR

ANDY TAYLOR (solo album)

MITCH MALLOY (debut solo album, extremely recommended if you a fan of the genre)

KANE ROBERTS

WINGER

select DOKKEN

POISON RATT MOTLEY CRUE

later KISS

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Um... not really a hair band fan... Just give me some Metallica, GNR, Ozzy, SOAD, MM, or some KoRn. :P Oh... and some Queen. Gotta love Love Queen. :lol::D

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i will say this once more... and this will be the last time i say it... Skid Row... is not, was not, will never be... hair metal... they were similar to Guns N Roses in sound AND image... they did not wear spandex and makeup... nor did they constantly sing about strippers and drugs... thank you

on another note... only two hair bands count...

Motley Crue (pretty much started it all)

Twisted Sister (if Dee Snider doesnt scare the crap out of you... noone will)

as far as weak hair bands... there are three that come to mind...

Poison

Ratt

Nelson

Poison was far overrated... little more than an efeminate Motley Crue...

Ratt sucked because they were only famous cuz they had Milton Berle in those two videos... the music was garbage

Nelson... twins with straight blonde hair+guitars they cant really play= Hair Metal's Boy Band... enough said

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Where is the love for Culture Club?

let's hear some love for

WINGER

She's only seventeen. Daddy says she's too young but she's old enough for me.

Creepy.

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Where is the love for Culture Club?

She's only seventeen.  Daddy says she's too young but she's old enough for me.

Creepy.

w-Wait... that sounds an awful lot like the first few lines in Motley Crue's "All In the Name Of"...

"She's only fifteen

She's the reason-the reason that I can't sleep

You say illegal

I say legal's never been my scene"

sheesh... :rolleyes:

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I have music by all the following hair bands (note: some aren't true hair bands, but they all kinda fit under that 80s metal sound so I'm putting them in)

Ace Frehley (his solo years in the late 80s), Antix, Anvil, Arcade, Bad English, Badlands, Bang Tango, Blue Murder, Bon Jovi, Bonfire, Bonham, Britny Fox, Bullet Boys, Cats in Boots, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, Danger Danger, Dare Force, David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, Dokken, Don Dokken, Europe, Every Mother's Nightmare, Extreme, Faster Pussycat, Firehouse, Giuffria, Great White, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, Heart, Helix, House of Lords, Hurricane, Kidd Blue, Kik Tracee, King Kobra, KISS, Kix, Krokus, LA Guns, Lillian Axe, Lion, The Loudness, Love-Hate, Lynch Mob, Motley Crue, Mr. Big, Night Ranger, Poison, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Rox Diamond, Sammy Hagar, Scorpions, Slaughter, Skid Row, Smashed Gladys, Spectre General, Starship (I would kinda consider them a hair band), Steelheart, Stryper, Sweet Cheater, Surrender, Tesla, Trixter (almost ashamed to say so), Twisted Sister, Vain, Van Halen, Warlock, Warrant, Waysted, White Lion, Whitesnake, Wildside, Winger, XYZ, Y&T, and Zebra

...yes, I have a sh*tload of obscure music on my computer.

I just picked up Ratt's "Out of the Cellar" at the store the other day...I've been looking for it forever, even though I already have most of the songs off that album. I'm a big Ratt fan and that album is a classic...probably one of my favorite albums of '84. It's one of my desert island discs. The great thing about Ratt was all the dual guitar action they had going on, and their solos always kicked ass...I'm thinking of "Scene of the Crime" right now.

I saw them a couple summers ago at an outdoor concert with Warrant, Dokken, LA Guns, Slaughter, and Tesla. Ratt went on right before Dokken and completely blew them away. Dokken was good back in the day when they had Lynch, but they've gone downhill since then.

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Hair "glam" bands are bad for your musically inclined health. :P

It is... but I balance it out with Rush, so it's good.

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Giuffria's first album (I have both of their albums) was one of the most underrated rock records of the 1980s. And I can't believe that I'm not the only person who has some House of Lords (I have all three albums) and Kix (I have all of their albums).

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Teeeeeeeeedddd Nugent gotcha in a stranglehold baby. :D

(That crazy sonnabitch.)

Seriously, though, the guy has some stuff I can listen to.

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Giuffria and House of Lords rock. I didn't find out about them until a couple months ago when a friend sent me some of their albums, but they have a great sound and a great vocalist. "Metallic Blue" is a great song to cruise to on the highway with the windows down.

Kix is a great band too...I have Midnite Dynamite and Blow My Fuse, plus a few songs off the debut album.

"RED light, GREEN light...T-N-T!!"

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Some vids:

Rock and roll excess at its best (or worst, depending on how you look at it)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABmuA159egA

Cinderella - Somebody Save Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8uZjNDZ-ng

Skid Row - 18 & Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55SLPPALOoo

Paul Gilbert, the amazing guitarist from Mr. Big, doing his thing

More Gilbert, this time the band Racer X playing "Scarified"

Dokken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-TO_SCMxo

Motley Crue on their drug-ridden '87 tour playing Wild Side

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbFmOkHylCs

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mustang-was that Ratt with Stephen Pearcy or Jizzy Pearl?

I saw Ratt with Pearcy like literally one of the very last times before they booted Pearcy. He sucked that night, but the rest of the band was good.

Ratt's albums indvidually were all ok, not great, but their compilation disc RATT N' ROLL is one of the best greatest hits discs I can think of, especially for hair bands. Every song is top notch. Incidentally, their best non GH album was probably Detonator, which by that point was the very end of the hair band popultion surge and that album did not sell well. That was about the time I worked as a music manager at a best buy and it was so amazing to see a 180 degree shift in the buying tastes of music fans right about that time to rap. Literally, an overnight shift like flicking a switch. Any band that tried to get established right around 1990 or so got one chance or maybe two albums and then got dropped in favor of stuff like KRIS KROSS etc.

Damn mustang, your hair band collection is much more diverse than mine.

Damn Yankees- seen them twice and love their albums. They still might do one more record together. Ted was so bored playing this stuff in concert compared to his solo shows.

Danger Danger- Their debut album is tremendous. They should have been huge but they hit exactly as the tide turned to rap. They actually just put out a live album that sounds good, with their old classics.

David Lee Roth- people seem to have forgot how good his solo albums are. Some thought A Little Ain't Enough was not very good, but I really like that one as well as the ones before it. Anything after that pretty much is not good.

Def Leppard- I tried to address this in a separate topic. Anyone who starts f-king with me, remaking Debbie Harry Blondie songs is gonna have my ire. It is worthy of its own discussion.

DEF LEPPARD, where did it go wrong.

Dokken- I am very hot and cold on them. They should have been bigger.

Europe- kind of gay for me, ? but their FINAL COUNTDOWN song lived on in sports arenas everywhere.

Firehouse- the ultimate midwest party band. These guys have a bigger following than folks give them credit for. Their debut album we could literally not keep in stock and everything else they put out was good and deserved more credit. You can almost hear drunken youngsters sream 'wooooohooooo!' when the drum beat and guitar starts at the beginning of the first song Rock on the Radio.

Giuffria- sounds like Steve Perry! actually they were good. I heard something recently about Gregg Guiffria joining another band. I usually read my tidbits on www.melodicrock.com

Great White- they were so good it was almost like they were on fire.

(lightning strike)

Guns N' Roses- you really cannot say what has not already been said. Perhaps the best example of the genre. I cannot wait for the CHINESE DEMOCRACY, even if its just axl.

Heart- there are two versions of Heart. The 70's freebird kind and the hair band type. The girls don't really like to acknowledge the hair band version of Heart. I still remember listeining to the HEART album with a special girl friend all the time my senior year in high school. She did end up breaking my heart by the way. But all the hair band Heart albums sold well. I finally went to see them a couple years ago and was disappointed because they wanted to play everything else besides their 80's 90's stuff. BRIGADE is a tremendous album too. The riff at the beginning of TALL DARK HANDSOME STRANGER at near full volume in your car, along with some 'air keyboards' is awesome.

KISS- I liked the hair band version of Kiss. CRAZY NIGHTS, HOT IN THE SHADE, and REVENGE, all very good. Some folks liked Animalize and Asylum, and Lick It Up but I don't have those. I hear those are good.

"Helix, House of Lords, Hurricane, Kidd Blue, Kik Tracee, King Kobra, , Kix, Krokus, LA Guns, Lillian Axe, Lion, The Loudness, Love-Hate, Lynch Mob"

wow. that's exactly what i mean. those are some serious hard core hair band fans bands. the ones that didn't score big with commercial songs but had a big following nonetheless. Perhaps they didn't have any BALLADS they sold to women.

Night Ranger- one of my all time favorites. Jack Blades is a genius. One of their records, NEVERLAND is one of the later ones that should be checked out. SIGN OF THE TIMES is also a good later one.

Poison- all excellent up until the Kotzen album, although STAND is a good tune. The song SO TELL ME WHY from the live/GH album is one of my faves. Some tracks on the CRACK A SMILE album with blues Saraceno are excellent as well.

Sammy Hagar- I have many Sammy CD's. Pre and post Van Halen. Some of his most very recent ones have a bit too much filler, but usually every one of his records has some really good upbeat tunes. TEN13, Red Voodoo, live Hallelujah, Not 4 Sale do have some good tunes. I think the Sammy style Van Halen was better.

Starship (I would kinda consider them a hair band)- Early 'Jefferson Starship' with songs like Find Your Way Back and Jane were awesome. the poppy 'Starship' with Grace Slick (how high had she have been to sing that mush?) were good too. NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW is a tremendous sappy pop song.!

Steelheart- good tune.

Stryper- I liked their 'AGAINST THE LAW' album. that was the first album when they went 'bad'.

Tesla- one of the best. I saw them live and it was among the best concerts I've seen. their sound is great and what i like about them is they are just straight forward nuts busting rock. As long as their singer dude stays clean.......This band has never gotten anough credit.

Trixter (almost ashamed to say so)- and you should be.!

Van Halen- I like all of Van Halen but probably the Sammy stuff better. 5150 narrowly beats Unlawful Carnal Knowledge as my favorite sammy album. Balance was a far better album than it got credit for.

Winger- I really liked IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG.

I have music by all the following hair bands (note: some aren't true hair bands, but they all kinda fit under that 80s metal sound so I'm putting them in)

Ace Frehley (his solo years in the late 80s), Antix, Anvil, Arcade, Bad English, Badlands, Bang Tango, Blue Murder, Bon Jovi, Bonfire, Bonham, Britny Fox, Bullet Boys, Cats in Boots, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, Danger Danger, Dare Force, David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, Dokken, Don Dokken, Europe, Every Mother's Nightmare, Extreme, Faster Pussycat, Firehouse, Giuffria, Great White, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, Heart, Helix, House of Lords, Hurricane, Kidd Blue, Kik Tracee, King Kobra, KISS, Kix, Krokus, LA Guns, Lillian Axe, Lion, The Loudness, Love-Hate, Lynch Mob, Motley Crue, Mr. Big, Night Ranger, Poison, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Rox Diamond, Sammy Hagar, Scorpions, Slaughter, Skid Row, Smashed Gladys, Spectre General, Starship (I would kinda consider them a hair band), Steelheart, Stryper, Sweet Cheater, Surrender, Tesla, Trixter (almost ashamed to say so), Twisted Sister, Vain, Van Halen, Warlock, Warrant, Waysted, White Lion, Whitesnake, Wildside, Winger, XYZ, Y&T, and Zebra

...yes, I have a sh*tload of obscure music on my computer.

I just picked up Ratt's "Out of the Cellar" at the store the other day...I've been looking for it forever, even though I already have most of the songs off that album.  I'm a big Ratt fan and that album is a classic...probably one of my favorite albums of '84.  It's one of my desert island discs.  The great thing about Ratt was all the dual guitar action they had going on, and their solos always kicked ass...I'm thinking of "Scene of the Crime" right now.

I saw them a couple summers ago at an outdoor concert with Warrant, Dokken, LA Guns, Slaughter, and Tesla.  Ratt went on right before Dokken and completely blew them away.  Dokken was good back in the day when they had Lynch, but they've gone downhill since then.

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It is... but I balance it out with Rush, so it's good.

MMMM, I like Rush.

I am a huge ASIA fan. Both versions. Have like 20 Asia CD's. Big news, the original members are reuniting for a tour and maybe a record. and NO, A FRAMED ASIA POSTER DOES NOT MAKE YOU GAY!

Hair band fans would like Asia ARIA, AQUA, ASTRA, SILENT NATION and maybe even ARENA. Of course, you all like ASIA and ALPHA.

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