Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Quiet Riot

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is the 80s. Today's letter is:


As a child of the 80s, I have to say this isn't one of our proudest moments. For reasons I've never quite understood, at some point in the 80s, the music industry decided what rock stars really needed was a big dose of "pretty."



Called "glam metal," the movement seemed to be an attempt to contrast a band's look with its sound. The band would be doused in lipstick, eyeliner, and hairspray, but they would scream and play guitar as though they were violent ax murderers.



Quiet Riot was one of the many bands that attempted the look because it was "in" but only in small measure.



Van Halen was another.



But glam rock can be traced all the way back to the 70s. 70s children will remember this band:


At the time, they stood out. By the mid-80s, though, it was hard to tell glam rock bands apart. They have since earned the nickname "hair bands" because of all that hair.



By the mid 90s, the screaming seemed to stop in favor of a new, more subdued form of rock. Today glam rock exists mostly in our memories, although there are a few little-known bands always circulating. Believe it or not, this form of rock still has a fan base.

Do you think glam rock should have a revival?

63 comments:

  1. Please no. I am in favour (naive soul that I am) of rock where sound is more important than looks...

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    1. I think we might be able to blame this one on MTV, now that you mention it! Before the 80s, nobody really cared all that much how the band we were listening to looked.

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  2. So many hair metal bands. Never understood the makeup. What man wants to put on makeup?
    Believe it or not, there are still a lot of rock bands out there with the hair metal sound. It's still popular in Europe.
    A lot of those bands are still around, their music has simply evolved and they don't do the look anymore.

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    1. I didn't get the makeup. What I didn't get was that some girls had crushes on these guys. I especially didn't get Poison. That band way overdid it on the makeup but yet was still considered cool.

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  3. I was never a fan, though I did like Van Halen, back in the day. I didn't consider them glam though, more on the level of rock like Aerosmith and Rolling Stones?

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    1. Van Halen's always cool. I think they upped their testosterone-ishness once David Lee Roth left! No, none of those (or Quiet Riot) were glam--but David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler were a little prettier than I personally prefer in men! Then you had Mick Jagger and David Bowie, which were a whole other category of 80s rocker... It's interesting--I think MTV brought out something in rockers!

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  4. I hope it does not get a revival.... it's the age of heavy meNtal now, not metal.....

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    1. MeNtal? I've never heard that one! I'm going to have to learn more about that.

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    2. 'tis my coin :) The music became too mental or heavy meNtal in recent years :)

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  5. I think the environment might suffer if glam rock had a comeback because of all the hairspray ;) Personally I loved many hair bands ::g::
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Yeah, we'll never go back to all that hair!

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  6. I'm thinking not; I hope glam bands just keep their niche of friends; no need for revival here :)

    betty

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    1. If they can make a living playing for their small fan bases now, they probably would prefer it anyway.

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  7. I missed it the first time around, as a matter of fact with three kids I pretty much missed the 80's.

    Were they fun?

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    1. Everything seems more fun in retrospect.

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  8. I think Poison is the band that is synonymous with hair bands to me. I did like some of the songs from these bands, especially Van Halen, but for the most part I've never been a metal fan.
    Natasha's hairspray comment made me laugh. I shudder to think how much Aqua Net it took to get hair this way LOL.

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    1. Yeah, metal never did it for me, either. My husband's favorite band is Van Halen--I can handle their music. Some of that stuff just gives me a headache, but Van Halen's music was more about quality and talent than just trying to be as loud as possible!

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  9. I think instead of pretty they went pretty scary. Like a cross between a bad mime and a clown

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  10. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the bands of the 80s. Old married lady. I preferred the music of the 50s. Still do. :)

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    1. I wouldn't say this was the best of the 80s, for sure! Some people liked it, but I was young during that time and couldn't stand this type of music. Way too obnoxious.

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  11. Yeah, the look is bad, but the music was fun. We still listen to Quiet Riot now and then.

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    1. They showed up as a "one-hit wonder" on SongPop. They had more than one hit, didn't they?

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  12. the ozone layer couldn't handle another dose of hair spray...

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    1. Yeah, we're done on that front. I read something saying aerosol hair spray didn't hurt the environment in the 80s--something about the type of aerosol they used didn't have CFCs? Not sure of the facts on that!

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  13. I love TexWis Girl line... Please NO, NO, No.

    Might have been fun for the kids back then but once was enough. They looked pretty silly and scary and I never cared for their music.
    Haha. I was too old to like them and I'm older now, but they were part of history and they left their marks.

    Hugs,
    JB


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    1. They had their place, I guess. I was a teenager and still hated most of it!

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  14. I sure hope glam rock doesn't come back! It had it's time.

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    1. True. I doubt it ever will...but some other crazy trend will come, for sure.

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  15. BonJovi, Motley Crue, and Poison are some of my faves!!! I am not ashamed :)
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

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    1. You shouldn't be. Those are classics!

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  16. I would have no problem with a rise of new music on popular radio that sounds like Whitesnake, Poison, Guns & Roses, RATT, Skid Row, etc only because today's music sucks and I'm an old man who only likes music from when I was a kid.

    I don't care how they dress. It takes a real man to wear spandex pants and eyeliner.

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    1. I always thought Nickelback was inspired by those groups...

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  17. I listened to some of them, but I was more interested in Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and the New Kids!

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    1. I liked Richard Marx. Everyone made fun of me when I was 16 because I liked Debbie Gibson and I was "too old" to like her. But she was my age and writing her own music. I thought that was inspiring.

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  18. Not the look, but some of the bands were really talented. I loved Quiet Riot.

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    1. Some of them were definitely very talented.

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  19. I think my cousin was into KISS, but my rock bank of choice was Van Halen! Sexy guys there. lol

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    1. The Van Halen brothers? I never thought of them as sexy but I know a lot of girls did!

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  20. Oh, no, please, Stephanie, glam rock was bad enough the first time. We don't need a revival.

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  21. ha! Now I will be singing "Come on feel the noise, girls rock your boys..." and banging my head! I haven't thought of them in years...Metal Health.... ♫♪♫♪ YouTube time!

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  22. Stephanie, I dated a guy who dressed up like Gene Simmons from KISS in a fan-band way. He actually had a wall of his basement painted in flames for a backdrop. Their costumes were perfect.

    Memories...I actually liked glam rock. The less reality in my entertainment , the better.

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  23. Not a fan either, but I'm way older than most of your readers. So I vote NO.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  24. Quiet Riot. Even the name is hilarious. Can't believe we thought those "hair" bands were cool once, not especially fond of them making a come back now. I have enough my kiddos make fun of me for from the past already!!

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  25. Yeah, they do all seem to be about the hair. :) I think we can do without the revival.

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  26. Ughhh-some are more pretty than some women! The hair!!!! The Ozone was crying back in the 80's. Do you remember when KISS finally said they will take their make-up off. When they did I think all the women must have went....."oh"....and walked away. They are not...good looking:)

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  27. I've always been a New Romantics fan, so I like all the lipstick and eyeliner on my popstars, but I also like them to sing, not scream :)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
    FB3X
    Wittegen Press

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  28. I think glam rock definitely deserves a revival. And so do duels, outhouses, whalebone corsets, and of course, the guillotine!!

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  29. I think videos had something to do with it as well. That was when bands were seen just as much as they were heard.

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  30. I think kiss is glad the makeup hides that the fact they are old

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  31. I never really got into the glam rock... the only think I really loved was Beth by Kizz and that was not really a rock song... lol :)

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  32. They always remind me of the costumes from CATS, the musical.
    Maui Jungalow

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  33. I listened to many of those hair bands, although I thought their looks were outrageous. I preferred the more subdued 90's grunge look.

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  34. I love the hair. The makeup, not so much.

    Yvonne

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  35. The music was often quite good, but the hair and makeup really puts me off :P

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  36. Ah, yes, a very special time for band fashion. None of the 80s metal bands ever quite matched Bowie's 70s glam rock style though. :)

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  37. I was never much into these kinds of groups. I had a couple of Van Halen albums and saw Kiss in concert, but otherwise not too much of my thing.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  38. Definitely loved MTV and all those neat videos back in the day, and Van Halen and Kiss were (still are) fab bands. The makeup in heavy metal and wrestling, though is not for me. Give me the music! (lol) Great topic! Hugs...

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  39. I was never a big fan of Quiet Riot or the early "glam bands." But by the time it became "hair bands" - e.g. Poison - I was on board.

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  40. The music was good. Not so much the hair. Maybe I'm just jealous though because my hair isn't thick or full enough to come close to looking as cool as those guys'. :)

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