Poll: Hair Metal during/after "Grunge" takeover - who still carried the flame?

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  1. Winger's "Pull" is a Helluva album - Junkyard Dog is up there with anything Soundgarden did (for the most part)
     
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  2. dmiller458

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    Nun of the above
     
  3. Scopitone

    Scopitone I wanna be Archtop when I grow up

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    If I could jump in: I grew up on hair metal and arena rock, and I was bitter about grunge. (I especially hated Pearl Jam, foolishly.)

    I started college in Texas in 1992, when GnR were the kings and Dr Feelgood singles were still getting good airplay. But dyed in the wool as I was, I still could recognize that "Come as You Are" and "Lithium" and "Hunger Strike" were a lot more interesting than what I had been playing all those years. By the end of 1992, I was already listening to hair metal as nostalgia and listening to Temple of the Dog nonstop in my dormroom.

    It all happened fast.
     
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  4. got into HS in 1989, graduated (1 year late) in 1994.

    The sea change than happened in those years floors me to this date - not sure if any other sub-generation went through such a significant shift.

    Perhaps the kids who started HS in 2001 (Nu-Metal craze) and graduated in 2005 (garage band craze) felt something similar?
     
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  5. dmiller458

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    Adrenalize was the last across-the-board number one glam metal album; US, UK, Canada, Australia.
     
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    I always wondered how music was perceived in high schools the years that you went. I was in high school from 1986 to 1990 which were the prime glam metal and thrash metal years so there was not a big change in Music climate when I was going to school although when Guns N Roses came along in 1987 a lot of people took notice. It was GnR and Metallica who ruled when I went to high school.
     
  8. George Co-Stanza

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    The narrative, largely created and driven hard by rock critics, that grunge killed hair metal is a complete myth. Many of those bands were already on their death bed, and bands like Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi still did well after grunge exploded.

    And what's great is that hair metal has aged well as a fun part of rock history, while grunge, by and large, died a quick death, and ended up having no more than a handful of bands that are still looked fondly upon.
     
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    I watched a lot of MTV as a little kid around 92 and onward and the last hair metal song I can really recall was Vince Neil's "You're Invited But Your Friend Can't Come." That song was in regular rotation for a while and I remember always skipping it at the time because I was always waiting for "Baby Got Back" to play.
     
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  10. Curveboy

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    Dokken's Erase The Slate is probably a high water mark for the main list.

    But KISS' Revenge is an outstanding disc too.
     
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  11. bartels76

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    Dysfunctional is even better than that!
     
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  12. Curveboy

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    I like Dysfunctional too--and the s/t original mix '94 Japanese version--but I think Erase The Slate* is the better of the two (three?)

    *I should specify the Japanese version of Erase The Slate with 2 bonus tracks
     
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  13. Matthew Tate

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    the mix is different? any songs that isn't on the USA version?
     
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  15. LitHum05

    LitHum05 I would prefer not to

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    Listen to Slave to the Grind and tell me the answer isn’t Skid Row.
     
  16. jfbar167

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    +++1 on that. sadly though, they NEVER repeated that ever again. That is a perfect example of "it's better to burn out than to fade away"
     
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  17. LitHum05

    LitHum05 I would prefer not to

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    Agreed. But none of the other bands in the poll repeated it post-Nirvana either.

    Even Motley Crue. Dr. Feelgood preceded the grunge thing.
     
  18. seed_drill

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    o_O
     
  19. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    You think Rush is a Hair Metal band??? :wtf:
     
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  20. seed_drill

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    I know Tesla and Great White released at least one great album a piece passed their heyday, but the albums I'm thinking about were post grunge, not during grunge, and they lacked the pop sheen of true hair metal acts in the first place.
     
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  21. seed_drill

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    Look at the charts in 1963 vs. 1967 and get back to me!
     
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  22. seed_drill

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    I was in college during peak hair metal and I actually had a few albums, but sort of had to force myself to listen to them, to try to stay current or something. I'd purchased Open Up and Say Ahhh over the cover controversy. I'd been given Slippery When Wet as a gift. I really liked "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Warrant. And I've hung on to Skid Row's first two albums. But mostly I preferred oldies and classic rock and "college" music like U2, REM and The Violent Femmes.

    I did love Guns and Roses when they first came out. But not as much as The Georgia Satellites and The Black Crowes.
     
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  23. bartels76

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    I felt like in 1992 that metal was still safe so I didn't count Skid Row. 1993 is where MTV tossed all its metal out unless you were Metallica.
     
  24. Bathory

    Bathory 30 yr Single Malt, not just for breakfast anymore

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    if you are a fan, then why do you call it "HAIR" metal.

    its rock and roll with glam ! it is rock and roll. maybe some crunchier guitars here and there, but not metal to me.
     
  25. vamborules

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    Slave to the Grind came out in June of '91, so before Nevermind and Ten.
     
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