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Monday, April 17, 2006


Chuck Klosterman gives this date as the year zero of 'glam metal'. I use it as the marker for the end of Heavy Metal. It is the release date for Motley Crue's 'Shout at the Devil'.

Shout at the Devil.

An argument could be made that suggests this trend began with the release of Van Halen's first album in 1978.

Van Halen would become the blue print for the LA glam metal/hair metal of the mid eighties - an offshoot of Heavy Metal that was neither heavy, nor metal.

It took a few years, but by 1984, what was known as Heavy Metal was dead and gone. All the good old Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands of the seventies had either broken up, or jumped on the Hair Metal bandwagon. Black Sabbath officially sucked on 1983's 'Born Again'.

Judas Priest's 1984 release 'Defenders of the Faith' was a formulaic rehash of their previous record 'Screaming for Vengeance' which in hindsight shows all the signs of the mediocrity that has plagued that once great band ever since.

Crappy formula based Priest......

The good stuff.....

Thin Lizzy were embarked upon their farewell tour in 1984. UFO had become a drug addled shadow of it's former self, and even AC/DC was showing signs of suckiness on 1983's 'Flick of the Switch'.

AC/DC's misguided eighties releases....

The good stuff........

The most telling of all - Motorhead's 1983 release, 'Another Perfect Day' was deeply affected by the melodic guitar playing of former Lizzy axeman Brian Robertson.

Motorhead Discography

I still like the record, but not as much as this one......

Motorhead Discography

The Scorpions released their mammoth selling 'Love at First Sting' in 1983.

814 981-1 M-1

I'd say 1980's 'Lovedrive' rocked me much more akin to a hurricane than that, again, formulaic record.

Scorpions - Lovedrive

Even the NWOBHM (new wave of British heavy metal) bands were putting in lackluster performances on vinyl. Iron Maidens' last good record was 1983's 'Piece of Mind', Saxon's 1984 effort, 'Crusader' sucked even to those who thought that they didn't always suck. Udo left Accept, and Krokus opted for sheen where grit had served them best.

Iron Maiden - Piece Of MindIron Maiden - KillersAccept - AcceptAccept - Breaker

Accept - Restless And WildAccept - Balls To The Wall

The problem was, it had all been done. The only thing left to do was cash in, so they did. At the same time all these new bands kept popping up out of LA. - Ratt, Poison, Skid Row, ect..... In 1984, a metalhead was asked to make a choice - Motley Crue, or Metallica - Glam or Thrash.

I went back instead, I discovered where the music came from, and in the process I found The Stones, Pink Floyd, Punk Rock, Prog Rock, anything other than what was being sold as metal. I knew it was dead, and I thank Sub Pop for finally driving the steak into it's ungodly heart.

Bull’s-eye assessment to me, although I didn't mind the Robertson Motorhead record. I remember being far less enthused about “Screaming for Vengeance” when it dropped against their previous efforts even though I saw Priest a gazillion times that summer and thought they still rocked out live.

Despite it all, I still enjoy a great deal of the “hair metal” music and will often make sure a disc of the genre is in the car to mix it up a little. After all, it was the heyday for a lot of great guitar players. Playing geeky music, but awesome players.
Just don't play that crap when I'm with you.....I tell you I NEVER liked Cinderella, not now, not then, Dokken as well.....

We can listen to Another Perfect Day though....

You gotta love those Krokus album covers...
Relax, I don't own a Cinderella or a Dokken record. I do however, have a couple Skid Row albums and they aren't bad. BTW, they're from Northern NJ and NY's Hudson Valley. Not sure about Whitesnake ownership. I might own Slide It In.
What about Winger? and WASP?

great post sir.

I prefer Black Flag, GBH, Decendents, Etc when I want to go back in time. I never really got that into the Hair Metal. I guess I was into Van Halen (first three albums). After that, their songs started sounding like movie soundtrack songs.

you should write a rock book, shit if Chuck can do it... Then you can hire me as your PR dude.
As per Winger: "lick my tip Kip - suck my stinger Winger"

As per W.A.S.P. - just plain silly...
I don't know Another Perfect Day that well, though I do have it on vinyl. I love the song Dancing On Your Grave though. Then again look at Dynasty, which has some good Ace stuff on it.
You are definitely right about Van Halen. They were never heavy or metal. VH is basically rocked-up bebop to my ears. Their biggest asset is that they swing. Most of it would be near unlistenable if Eddie and Alex didn't have that swing.
While I wouldn't completely disagree, I think that all depends upon your perspective. For this 42 year guy who remembers VH's first release, I can atest to the fact that NOBODY before them sounded like they did. Now after the first four records they fell in line with the imitators and the schlocky hair metal clowns.

All swing aside, of course.
I don't see how you are disagreeing with anything. Certainly VH was fresh new and exciting in the late seventies. Dave and I are saying it wasn't heavy metal, and Dave is saying - and I concur - that VH is amped bebop - listen to 'I'm the One' or 'Bottoms Up' - it's really jazz - just electric and loud.
Let's just call it all "Rock and Roll".

Those 466,789,123 album covers are responsible for bringing down the entire Sprint/Nextel fiber backbone network. I'm currently hiding under my desk from the Sprint IT SWAT team as they search the bulding for the culprit.

SHHHHH here they come...
Whatever I can do to crash the Sprint network, I am happy to do.
I couldn't get Dancing On Your Grave out of my head, so I bought it from iTunes. It's from "Another Perfect Day (Remastered)". Should Motorhead really be remastered? Discuss.
VERY good question Hazmat. I think not.
OH MY GOD!!! The album covers are multiplying!!! Run for you lives...!!!
Better yet - should Motorhead be remastered in 5.1? Since Hazmat has my 5.1 remasterd 'Ace of Spades' we'll ask him.

I wonder how many Motorhead fans even have the ability to listen in 5.1.
It should absolutely be remastered if it was first released on vinyl.

Most of the music released to CD in the early CD days was not properly mastered for the new format, was digitized with substandard gear, and in MANY cases was transferred from bad copies, not the original master tapes. CD (or digital) and vinyl are very very different media, and the mastering needs to take this into account. That's what mastering is...
5.1, on the other hand, makes absolutely no sense for the Motorhead record. Ridiculous.
No, Motorhead should not be in 5.1. I listened to it, too. Then again, the more immersion in Lemmy the better.

And yeah, Chris, Pink Floyd is a perfect example of CDs gone bad. Husker Du too. Greg Ginn is a dick. But for Motorhead, I'm not sure they should even be on CD. I have it on vinyl.
I agree, there's no way to properly digitize Lemmy. That's an analog cat if ever there was one.
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