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gzsfrk 03-04-2013 11:15 AM

METAL JESUS ROCKS!: When Hair Gel Was a Business Expense
 
Here I go again; another Monday posting some new thing from the Metal Jesus' YouTube channel. Ever feel like you're just going round and round, living the same photograph every week of your life? Depressed that you don't know what you gotta do to break out of the cycle?

I need a vacation; thinking Panama City this year. Sitting on the beach, admiring the natural beauty. Right about now, that sounds like paradise (city traffic notwithstanding). Patience, though. Heaven is several months off yet, so for now looks like I'll wait.

In the meantime, a great way to pass the time until the warmer months return is to check out the latest METAL JESUS ROCKS!, wherein the gilded god-son and his better half bust out the extra strength Aqua Net to give us their round-up of the best hair metal albums of all time. Don't let this party bus leave the station without you!




Great list, although the absence of Twisted Sister makes Dee Snider rage.

ElfShotTheFood 03-04-2013 11:47 AM

The '80s have not aged well, and I say that as someone whose formative years were in that era.

unleashbass 03-04-2013 12:16 PM

Watched Twisted Sister at the Download Festival last year or year before can't remember now but, they were awesome. Best of the weekend. When Dee shouts "I wanna rock!" and the whole crowd shouts back "ROCK!" wow. ~Great times.

gzsfrk 03-04-2013 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ElfShotTheFood (Post 2191765)
The '80s have not aged well, and I say that as someone whose formative years were in that era.

I don't think the point of hair metal in this current age is to suggest that it has aged well or that it stands up today as "good" music (the technical brilliance of artists like John Sykes and others notwithstanding). It was all pretty formulaic and cheesy even then if we're completely honest about it.

No, appreciating those albums today is more about reflecting with fondness upon those days and the snapshot in time and culture they represent. Yes, it was superficial, fleeting, and vapid. But so was pretty much everything else that represented entertainment during the radical decade (and still today, for the most part).

It's a guilty pleasure at worst. (But then, wasn't it that even when Reagan was still in the White House? :) )

lockwoodx 03-04-2013 01:17 PM

What's funny is my favorite hair metal bands aren't American.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n4VnM4OnfX...00/X-Japan.jpg

Great video regardless and I'm always down for some Slippery When Wet.

Emabulator 03-04-2013 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by unleashbass (Post 2191782)
Watched Twisted Sister at the Download Festival last year or year before can't remember now but, they were awesome. Best of the weekend. When Dee shouts "I wanna rock!" and the whole crowd shouts back "ROCK!" wow. ~Great times.

Dee does kick ass live. I've seen him at a bunch of club gigs in NJ.

ElektroDragon 03-05-2013 12:15 AM

I used Aqua Net all through middle school during the height of the glam years when I used to watch glam metal on MTV for hours a day! Hello 1987! :D

Sayntin 03-05-2013 06:20 AM

WHAT? No mention of Cinderella.

AkumaATR 03-05-2013 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by ElfShotTheFood (Post 2191765)
The '80s have not aged well, and I say that as someone whose formative years were in that era.

Compared to what?! The 00s with a few exceptions were garbage music-wise. 90s were epic (I admit to being partial, but it's true, the range and quality were off the charts). The 80s are classic/fun and I think a lot of it holds up.

70s were pretty burnt out -- I can think them for what became house music at least. 60s another golden era.

Hopefully you don't think we're in a golden era atm artistically. Here's to hoping that changes soon and all.

Saudade 03-05-2013 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by lockwoodx (Post 2191805)
What's funny is my favorite hair metal bands aren't American.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n4VnM4OnfX...00/X-Japan.jpg

Great video regardless and I'm always down for some Slippery When Wet.

Nice! I also listen to some visual kei j-rock bands. Mostly the more well known ones like the Gazette, Gackt, Dir En Grey, and Miyavi. Oddly enough I was also one of the first people in Kirkland, WA to buy Poison's debut album from the U District in Seattle.

God, I feel old.

lockwoodx 03-05-2013 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Saudade (Post 2192038)
Nice! I also listen to some visual kei j-rock bands. Mostly the more well known ones like the Gazette, Gackt, Dir En Grey, and Miyavi. Oddly enough I was also one of the first people in Kirkland, WA to buy Poison's debut album from the U District in Seattle.

God, I feel old.

Dir En Grey and Gackt... epic. I also didn't mind some more upbeat stuff like Luna Sea and Bz's.

Saudade 03-05-2013 10:11 AM

First concert I went to was Bon Jovi and Cinderella at the King Dome. Had terrible seats; was so far off it was hard to see them on stage.

To this day I believe Cinderella played a recording of their music in the background while playing live, it sounded too close to the original recording.

Saudade 03-05-2013 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by lockwoodx (Post 2192039)
Dir En Grey and Gackt... epic. I also didn't mind some more upbeat stuff like Luna Sea and Bz's.

You have to admit that Gackt has a voice that stands out like Ozzy and Blackie Lawless to name a couple. Not that they sound anything alike but when you hear him sing you know immediately who it is. That is saying a lot about most j-rock singers. Male japanese singers generally sound the same.

ElektroDragon 03-05-2013 10:42 AM

I freaking love Cinderella, even today, even despite my obsession with evil industrial hellektro music.

Just really great songwriting, even on their later efforts like Heartbreak Station.

ElektroDragon 03-05-2013 10:44 AM

Actually, my current musical obsession is this: http://www.anamanaguchi.com/

Song and video plays right on entering the site. This probably like one of the best songs of all time.

lockwoodx 03-05-2013 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Saudade (Post 2192043)
You have to admit that Gackt has a voice that stands out like Ozzy and Blackie Lawless to name a couple. Not that they sound anything alike but when you hear him sing you know immediately who it is. That is saying a lot about most j-rock singers. Male japanese singers generally sound the same.

Yeah they do tend to blend in and I agree if Gackt is just shy of a world phenomenon. Since you appreciate a good set of pipes, lately I've been catching up on a little culture and listening to opera. Johnathon and Charlotte a particular fav.

gzsfrk 03-05-2013 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by ElektroDragon (Post 2192064)
Actually, my current musical obsession is this: http://www.anamanaguchi.com/

Song and video plays right on entering the site. This probably like one of the best songs of all time.

I enjoy me some 8-bit electronica, but that video was just spastic. Still, I'll allow it because it had a short clip from Out Run spliced in. :)

PacerDawn 03-05-2013 11:20 AM

I dunno, Twisted Sister pissed really pissed me off. I mean, first they tell us they want a rock, but then they don't want to take it?! I GOT MY HANDS ALL FILTHY GETTING THEM THAT ROCK!

Disgusted I tell you...

gzsfrk 03-05-2013 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2192085)
I dunno, Twisted Sister pissed really pissed me off. I mean, first they tell us they want a rock, but then they don't want to take it?! I GOT MY HANDS ALL FILTHY GETTING THEM THAT ROCK!

Disgusted I tell you...


Saudade 03-05-2013 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by lockwoodx (Post 2192065)
Yeah they do tend to blend in and I agree if Gackt is just shy of a world phenomenon. Since you appreciate a good set of pipes, lately I've been catching up on a little culture and listening to opera. Johnathon and Charlotte a particular fav.

I had no idea who you were talking about since I don't watch tv so I looked them up and DAMN! 17 years old and the kid sings better than almost band I listen too. And I listen to a wide variety of music. Highly impressed, thanks for the recommend.


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