The Rockstar Ramblings: The Winger Comeback
Band Photo: Motley Crue (?)
During a week that featured Dokken teaming with Norton Antivirus ("Imagine that your hard drive is a chicken. '80s heavy metal band DOKKEN is a computer virus that wants to blow up your chicken. Don't allow heavy metal bands to have their way with your chicken. Get PC protection with Norton Internet Security 2010.") and Vince Neil opening ANOTHER tattoo parlor that will feature go-go dancers it, was two other bands that stole the show.
Both Winger and Mr. Big announced tours and new albums. Winger’s promise of “a rocking record that was a cross between the 1st Winger album and Pull” is a little surprising to me. I understand they have their legion of fans and have sold millions of records, but isn’t the songs “Seventeen” and “Headed for a Heartbreak” the definition of songs that don’t hold up today? I wish both bands the best of luck and hope that their entrance into the eighties revival doesn’t have the same effect it had last time. Next, I’m going to read The Nelsons are back on tour…wait, what? The Nelsons are back on tour? Enjoy the time we have now. In the meantime, here are a few other songs from hair bands that like “Seventeen,” fall a little short when giving a listen today.
Motley Crue: The entire Theatre of Pain album except for Home Sweet Home. There is a distinct
sound to this record. The sound is 1985.
Skid Row: "Youth Gone Wild" - Long gone are the days where the music stops, only the drum plays, and the hook is sung on its own (often with a "one more time" reference from the lead singer). This was one of many songs guilty of this format type that has diminished and is rarely heard. This is a good thing.
Ratt: "Dance" - I am still unsure what this song is about, but in typical Ratt fashion, I'm sure it has something to do with a stripper dancing to make enough money to support her habit. The song was the first single released off the Dancing Undercover album. It was surprising then and cringe worthy now.
Def Lepard: "Pour Some Sugar On Me" - Maybe it's the intro, maybe the jeans Joe Elliot wears in the video, I'm not sure. What I do know is that when rock historians reference the heavy metal glam era, they will have a picture of Joe Elliot, wearing his jeans.
Poison: "I Want Action" and "Unskinny Bop" - Regardless of the vehicle you own, if you pull up next to another car with these songs blasting from your Alpine you can be ensured of either laughter or a fight. You will not receive a thumb up and definitely not get the girl.
David S. Grant is the author of books Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, Hollywood Ending, Emotionless Souls, and The Last Breakfast. His new novel, Blood-the New Red, will be available this fall. For more information please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.
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