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Its' time for an 80's Glam revival!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matthew Bryson, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    It's been about 20 years, right? Glam should be coming back as "retro" any day now. Maybe it's already started in your town?
    I was shopping the used bins at my favorite record store yesterday and I picked up a used copy of Motley Crue's Decade of Decadence ('81-'91) It had been years sense I'd rocked out to the Crue. The first album I ever owned was Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil. (It was really an album too, as in 10" vinyl record album.) That was '84 and I was in the 4th grade, but I was only a fan for a few years - then it wasn't "cool" anymore and I moved on to bands that my friends approved of :rolleyes: Well, it's 20 years later and I think for myself, so I bought that CD yesterday...
    WoW - Motley Crue was a really good band. I'm not saying they were super technical, like jazz player types or anything - The were rockers and they rocked. Vince Neil has good range and his voice has a unique timber that he really makes work with their sound. Nikki Sixx can play bass and his lines are solid with interesting fills here and there, fit their style and you can hear him. Mick Mars is more of a shredder than I remember - dude can wail. Tommy Lee is a fantastic drummer. Tommy is a lousy tabloid celebrity, lousy amateur pornographer, lousy guitarist and a lousy singer - but after listening to him drum for a bit I remembered why he got famous. I like his beats and I think Tommy should go get a drumming gig, like today. Motley Crue was a rock band that had it together. They had style, they had a sound, they dripped sex drugs and rock & roll from every pore and they rocked.

    I'm sick to death of pop-punk and emo garbage. I'm sick of politically correct musicians and "rock stars" that look like the guys you play basketball with. I'm ready for over the top hard rocking, walk the walk and talk the talk Rock Stars to rule the planet again. These guys that teased their hair and put on make up - they were into the music and played the role from the time they woke up until the time they passed out. We need more of that. I'm going home tonight and I'm going to dig up a copy of Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In. I think a lot of what happened in the LA Glam scene in the '80s could come back and revitalize our current popular music. Comments? Go ahead, I've got my flame resistant spandex on, so go ahead.
  2. All the crap I thought was cool when I was in high school looks so utterly ridiculous now. That being said, those chicks on the cover of that Poison album are HOT!!!!

    That aspect of it can stay away, the musicianship can come back, but be less self indulgent.
  3. If it really does take 20 years for things to make a come back, then the 80's will be back any day now. I look for The Darkness to bring it back.
  4. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Look at Broken Angel's hair-do! :D 80's retro is the next big thing.

    Anybody know where I could get a copy of Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry?

  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    At the end of May after the "classic" bands last gig. We are re-tooling to be a "kick-Ass" "Rockin" hair band.

    I can't wait.
  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Yeah, I've got one in my cassette case. Remember cassettes?


    BTW, I thought The Darkness was the start of the Eighties revival. Anyway, nobody 'round my neck of the woods likes 'em, but 200 miles south of me, they had to be "upgraded" at The Rave, because they sold out every room they were booked in. Yeah, baby!

    EDIT: I know they're not glam rock, but I heard Hall and Oates were going on tour again. Rick Springfield has a new album out as well and is touring behind it as we speak.
  7. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    As soon as I can find a hair piece for David Lee Roth we can get this thing rolling.
  8. No, that is a terrible idea.

    Absolutely horrible.
  9. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Great post. I could do without the image, but I really miss the music. Lots of great stuff out in the 80's, good fun music. The darkness doesn't do it for me, I could use another skid row though.
  10. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    I like the Def Leppard.

    It was fun growing up in the 80's. Yeah those six months, That was a party.
  11. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Ever heard of the Darkness? :D The revival is in full swing. Now that they've had a huge hit and are in the middle of a sold-out tour, just sit back and wait for all of the follow-up bands to come out.
  12. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I think Darkness is definitely a foreshadowing of at least a small return to glam metal, but I'm not sure that glam metal will return in EXACTLY the same style of performance, but the music may be similar.

    I did love Def Leopard. (Gosh, I even loved Slaughter, but hate to admit it.) Bon Jovi has never actually completely gone away. I'm a big fan of Guns n' Roses, too. They have a "Greatest Hits" album coming out in April. Strangely enough, however, Axl, Slash and Duff fought to have it stopped. They lost the suit, so the album will be coming out like it or not...and I do.

    While I enjoyed glam metal and am sure it is poised for a comeback, I'm afraid it will never again be as big as it once was. For example, disco music has made several efforts to return, but has never really made a true comeback. Music has just gone so much further in the meantime. Many younger music fans know mostly rap and R&B. Their tastes are more diverse and urban. Or they know alt metal and punk. Unfortunately, they might connect glam with their father's music...the kiss of death for a genre.
  13. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    No, it's not.
  14. inazone


    Apr 20, 2003
    Its starting to hit around here. In the rock cover band Im in we are doing twisted sister, motley crue, poison, def leopard, kiss, van hallen, etc... The crowd eats it up. We do newer rock as well but everybody sings and dances when we play the 80s stuff. For us the trick is not picking the bigest hit from these bands but the second. They still got radio play, just not played to death. I have noticed that not too many guitar players can shred like they used too.
  15. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    Ten years from now PBS will be doing '80s rock fundraisers, with paunchy, balding Butthead lookalikes in the audience holding up lighters.
  16. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Very interesting discussion, Smash. I agree with much of what you said, but I would have to add this caveat. History repeats itself, but not EXACTLY.

    I just read in the Palm Beach Post today that the population of Asians and Hispanics in the U.S. will TRIPLE by 2050, based on U.S. Census Bureau calculations. Their ranks will be increasing every single year and their music preferences will have a huge impact on what music is purchased, heard on the airways and in clubs.

    What direction music will take as a result of this change remains to be seen, but I don't have a sense that glam metal will once again be a major player in this new culture. Maybe it will enjoy a brief period of being cool again, but not like before because the major audience for that style has changed or disappeared.

    Yes, many will assimilate, adapting U.S. music preferences, but many will bring their culture's music here, maybe adapting it to our current styles, but still retaining their own cultural musical "flavor." Ricky Martin's crossover success and Gloria Estefan's enduring success are just forerunners of much more to come.

    I can't even imagine what Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Koreans will bring to our music, yet Asians are projected to increase their numbers by 213% by 2050! So I see more of a world music trend rather than a retrogression to the styles of the past such as glam or disco or fifties oldies.
  17. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Good discussion. For the record, it is the music that I want to make a comeback and not necessarily the torn spandex and teased hair. I did make reference to the look in my original post and I mostly meant that the over the top stylings of 1980's Glam scene indicated to me a dedication to the scene, the band, the lifestyle, and the music. I also think that a lot of these groups were very talented and dedicated to their music. A certain amount of the musicianship seems to have been dismissed as people realized how silly the whole thing looked and moved onto the next trend. Glam metal went from the popular thing to the laughingstock of the music world. For myself, this many years later, I'm ready to look past the big hair and goofy clothes and listen to the music again. A lot of these guys could play!
    The Darkness. I have to admit that I've heard a track or two on the radio but I couldn't get into the falsetto vocals that I was hearing and I didn't like it. Based on what I had heard, I certainly did not associate it with the classic glam metal that I enjoyed as a boy.

    Good point. And now that they are all thirty something and feeling old, the are ready to use music to escape their daily grown up duties for just a bit and relive the glory days of their youth through music.

    Is that something that one member of the band said, or have all members of the band corroborated the story that none of the members even remembers writing that song? I find that hard to believe. Having top acts strung out on dope is far from being unique to the glam scene. How many of the classic bands have had members get strung out? A lot! John Entwistle died a drug related death, but we don't like to talk about it. Keith Richards - need I say more? You mentioned grunge - Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Andrew Wood - and I could go on. Motley being strung out at one point does not discount the musicianship.

    I disagree - but many agree with you.

    I don't think anything killed it. I think it just ran it's course, like everything does.

    I wasn't trying to tear up your post Smash, I agree with a lot of what you said. You just had one paragraph chocked full of stuff I wanted to respond to / discuss.
    Boplicity - your post(s) made some fantastic points - I very much agree with this:

  18. I have a feeling Synth-pop will make a resurgence, the scene seems receptive to it, from there I believe grindcore and noise-rock will move up and become popular.

    As for hip-hop, I'm interested to see how it will develop, now that it's achieved legitimacy and commercial success, it still has to go through its revolutionary/reinvention phase; like how Jazz had bebop and rock had punk.
  19. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    As with the 70's revival, two types of essential players will be in short supply for an 80's revival -

    1. Guitarists who are fretboard scorchers

    2. Drummers who are beasts on their kits

    When the sad-ass likes of White Stripes are considered "talented musicians", standards have sunk awfully low in the riffing business.

    One fond memory of the 80's - I broke a leg diving out of the way when an overhead lighting bank gave way & crashed to the stage.
    While recovering from surgery in the hospital, I was given one of those self-dosaging buttons for morphine.
    Watching MTV's video of Motley Crue playing "Doctor Feelgood" and giving myself more morphine is imprinted on my brain.

    Trouble is - I don't know if I could fit into my mylar clothing any longer :eek:

  20. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Which is exactly why both Tommy Lee and Dave Grohl need to put down the guitars, forget about singing, and take drumming gigs immediately. The world needs great drummers. As far as guitarists - I don't really know whos the current chops monsters out there. Zack Wylde seems qualified.

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