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?