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Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, Big Hair - 80's Bands

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    Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, Big Hair - 80's Bands

    Hello All,

    I'm trying to put together the most complete list of Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, Big Hair bands of the 80's and can use your help!

    The following list I've put together consists of 116 bands and I'm sure there's allot more.

    Most of this list is taken from my own personal collection and from searching on the web.

    I really only want the names of bands as listed in the subject line.

    You may see names of bands that I have listed that should be considered 70's or 90's. If so let me know either by email at sensei129@hotmail.com or by adding to this thread as I want to be as accurate as possible.

    I saw down the line another post titled: Obscure Or Forgotten 80's Hair Bands which is nice and long and as soon as I get a chance I will sit right down and go through it. If some of you that had posted on that thread want to add your bands to this before I get a chance to. By all means please do!!!

    Here it is, The list:

    AC/DC
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    Aerosmith
    Alice Cooper
    Anthrax
    Autograph
    Babylon AD
    Bad English
    Badlands
    Bang Tango
    Black n Blue
    Black Sabbath
    Blue Murder
    Bohnam
    Bon Jovi
    Boston
    Brittny Fox
    Bruce Dickenson
    Bullet Boys
    Cinderella
    Contraband
    Cycle Sluts
    Damn Yankees
    Danger Danger
    Dangerous toys
    Danzig
    Def Leppard
    Dio, Ronnie James
    Dokken
    Dream Theatre
    Enuff-Z-Nuff
    Europe
    Extreme
    Faith no More
    Faster Pussycat
    Fastway
    Firehouse
    Gorky Park
    Great White
    Grim Reaper
    Guns and Roses
    Hanoi Rocks
    Helix
    Holland
    Iron Maiden
    Jackyl
    Joe Satriani
    Judas Priest
    Keel
    Killer Dwarfs
    King Diamond
    Kingdom Come
    KISS
    Kix
    Krokus
    LA Guns
    Lita Ford
    Lizzy Borden
    Loudness
    Lynch Mob
    M S G
    Manowar
    Megadeth
    Mercyful Fate
    Metal Church
    Metallica
    Motley Crue
    Motorhead
    Mr. Big
    Nelson
    Night Ranger
    Nitro
    Overkill
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Poison
    Pretty Boy Floyd
    Queensryche
    Quiet Riot
    Rainbow
    Ratt
    Raven
    Roth, David Lee
    Rush
    Savatage
    Saxon
    Scorpions
    Seduce
    Shotgun Messiah
    Skid Row
    Slade
    Slaughter
    Smashed Gladys
    Steeler
    Stryper
    Ted Nugent
    Tesla
    Testament
    The Cult
    TNT
    Triumph
    Trixter
    Twisted Sister
    Vain
    Van Halen
    vinnie vincent
    Vixen
    W.A.S.P.
    Warlock
    Warrant
    White Lion
    Whitesnake
    Winger
    XYZ
    Y & T
    Yngwie Malmsteen
    Zebra

    I appreciate your help!!!

    (P.S. I saw another post unrelated to this regarding the Sam and Dave Tour - I live near Chicago and had a chance to see them when they came to town and the most awesome part of the whole show out here was that Michael Anthony was in town visiting family whom live out here and came out to play bass on 3/4's of Sammy's set. Too Cool)

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    Great list! (Vinnie Vincent would be considered "Vinnie Vincent Invasion" in the 80s, though)....

    You forgot my favorite 80s metal band!
    SLAYER !!! also Helloween, Exodus, GWAR... I'm sure there are more.. but your list is very good!

    Anyone else wanna add some?
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    How about Cheap Trick or ZZ Top? Or Kansas? Do they count? Seems to me if Nelson made the list, anyone with hair can. J/K!!

    I searched for any I couldn't think of, and found one called Saigon Kick on one site. I've never heard of them, but they were in the 80s Hair Band section...

    You'd like to think so, wouldn't you?
    I don't know. I lost my psychic abilities when they stole my superhero powers.

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    Val!!! Those bands certainly do not count LOL
    They are classic rock... But Saigon Kick is definatly 80s metal...
    I remember them.. was never a huge fan.. but I could tolerate them

    Val.. keep it up, girl
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    Saigon Kick, Slayer, Helloween, Exodus, and GWAR are all good ones that I can add to my list. I have to agree with TJ that the others Valj would be considered Classic and I think that Cheap Trick was more a late 70's band. Nelson was an after thought. Think I should drop them?

    TJ, Into DEATH METAL a little?

    How about Kings X or Billy Squire? I did list Winger but Kip had a harder edge than Billy.

    Chris...
    Chris,

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    Yeah.. I'd add King's X as well... Billy Squier is more 70s and classic as well... I'd leave Nelson on there, though.. cheesy as they might have been, they were still considered hair metal at the time...

    I guess you could say I like Death Metal I'd have to classify it as my favorite

    How about "Tiger Tailz" and Steve Vai ...

    still thinking
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    I remember a band called Kick Axe opened for Judas Priest on the "Defenders of the Faith" tour in '84.
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    Originally posted by Tinajo
    Val!!! Those bands certainly do not count LOL
    They are classic rock... But Saigon Kick is definatly 80s metal...
    I remember them.. was never a huge fan.. but I could tolerate them

    Val.. keep it up, girl
    Hey, I figured "Legs" was 80s Hair Metal. LOL!! It was certainly harder than "After The Rain" by Nelson. !! Nelson, that's so funny....

    So, we're talking Hard Metal or Big Hair Metal, then....I'll try again...
    The Black Crowes?
    Foghat? (hey, I found them on an 80s site, I thought they were 70s?)

    You'd like to think so, wouldn't you?
    I don't know. I lost my psychic abilities when they stole my superhero powers.

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    Well, he pretty much covered all I can think of.

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    OK lets see ZZ Top..... I'm still up in the air on them. I thought the term Hairband referred to bands with big hair on their heads not on their faces. LOL

    As far as Nelson..... I think IMO that they wanted to be part of the big hair scene. They certainly had the manes but to come out of the box with a ballad song just doesn’t cut it.

    The Black Crows..... Weren’t they considered Country Rock???

    Stacy, Dont throw in the towel so soon I just thought of a bunch more!!!

    Thank you Jen, Kick Axe Is an excellent addition!!! ( When I 1st heard "Knock down drag out party" I was certain the singer was Peter Criss of Kiss. LOL Listen to Beth or anything Criss sang then listen to this song.)

    I dont remember a Tiger Tailz.... What was their claim to fame???

    Steve Vai.... Lets see if I remember..... Roth left Van Halen In 85 right after the LP 1984. His first solo album ( Not counting the EP Crazy from the heat.) Was "Eat'em and smile" which Vai played lead guitar on. I believe he stayed on for another album or two before putting out " Passion and Warfare " ( Was this his 1st ???)
    which I'm showing was released in 1990... Technically if Passion was his 1st then I guess he would NOT qualify. Though his music and look was/is Big Hair metal then by default I would have to add Stu Hamm's solo work and Chris Polland's solo stuff as well.
    I NEED A RULING ON THIS!!!!

    Well Heres a bunch more I came up with:

    Warrior
    Grand Prix
    Asia............??? EX-YES MEMBER
    The Firm.....??? Bad Co. meets Zep. Both Classic, but together ???
    Riot............Swords and Tequila ( 1981 ) Need I say more.
    Icon
    Malice
    Vandenberg
    Shooting Star
    Uli Jon Roth... EX Lead guitarist for Scorps in the early years.
    Sea Hags
    Living Color
    Arcade...........Stephen Pearcy and Ex Sea Hags member (Formed in 1992) I guess not since we would fall in the Steve Vai dilemma.

    Going trough my own list I show "Boston" Any comments???
    Judging by how long the 2nd and 3rd lps took to be made I would have to believe that Tom Shultz must have began production on the 1st in the 1800's.

    Again All, I appreciate your help!!!

    I Miss Z-Rock!!!
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    I used to listen to a few other bands that were't mentioned.......
    Testament, Death Angel, And Exodus
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    Well, you did say "Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, Big Hair", sensei. ZZ Top were certainly Hard Rock, and Frank Beard (drummer, no beard ) had a mop of hair.

    I've never heard The Black Crowes on a country station...but I guess they have the same bluesy country sound as Lynrd Skynrd.

    Nelson does count, technically, under the Glam or Big Hair categories. I consider them 'pop', but that's just my interpretation of them.

    What about Honeymoon Suite?
    Didn't Ace Frehley have a band of his own in the 80s? Frehley's Comet, or something....
    Lou Graham (of Foreigner) had a solo effort, maybe early 90s, but Foreigner were definitely 80s....
    Bad Company also had an 80s effort, I believe...
    Were the Ramones a hair band?

    Shoot, I give....you win...that's all I can find, and I ain't searching no more!!

    You'd like to think so, wouldn't you?
    I don't know. I lost my psychic abilities when they stole my superhero powers.

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    Val.. you're doing a great job searching I think Frehley's Comet would definatly work in the categories mentioned! Great one! But Bad Company and Foreigner are more classic rock once again...
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    Danger Kitty forgot that one... they are that band in that credit card commerical... they are a real band from the 80s

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    Hi Sensei129, Welcome to the Xchange!

    You might also find more bands in the "80's Biographies" home page forum for bands that may be overlooked here.
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    Lillian Axe.

    And Cheap Trick had some of their biggest hits in the 80s!
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    Here are the bands I'd added to the list in the other post you mentioned...

    *Rock Goddess
    *Lee Aaron
    *Phantom Blue
    *Girlschool
    *Joanna Dean
    *Princess Pang
    *Smashed Gladys
    *Hellion (featuring Ann Boleyn)

    Also...

    *Femme Fatale
    *Bitch
    *Madam X
    *No Shame
    *Meanstreak

    That's all I can think of right now. These are/were all female bands, or had female singers BTW.

    IMO-the Black Crowes are bluesy-hard rock in the vein of Cinderella, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, ect. I think they belong on the list
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    amk27 - Both Testament, and Exodus are mentioned in the thread. Testament was listed in my original post and Exodus was added later. As far as Death Angel I was never big myself on thrash, Death, or Black Metal or what ever you want to call it so I will leave this one to be decided by MY resident expert Tinajo to decide for me.

    ValJ - You had mentioned Foghat Being 70's I'd have to agree with that since I remember seeing them in concert in the early 80's after they were spent.

    ValJ - Black Crows, I said Country Rock. What I meant was Southern Rock! ( Lynard Skynard, 38 Special, and Molly Hatchet ) I haven't heard them on any Country stations either! ( YET!!!)

    Honeymoon Suite can be added. I found them listed on a VH1 Big Hair 80's CD.
    Frehley's Comet, Another excellent choice!!!
    Foreigner and Bad Company both Classics from the 70's.
    Foreigner's web site http://www.foreigneronline.com/homenav.html
    shows 1977 as there beginning.
    Lou Graham - Not Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, or Big Hair.

    Tydestra - YES "Danger Kitty - Love Rocket" I forgot about those credit card commericals which always made me think about another band to add to the list.
    "Spinal Tap"

    Sarg - Hey Sarg, Thanks I will check it out!!!

    samboragirl - Yes to Lillian Axe But I still have to agree with Tinajo
    Cheap Trick was a Classic Act and I thought they were kind of Poppy not Metal, Hard Rock, Glam, or Big Hair band.

    Well I didn't hear anything on my last additions??? Were they OK???

    Well again I happened to find a few more. How about these?

    Thunder
    Love/Hate
    Hurricane
    Saints and Sinners
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    Oh, I thought of some more! How 'bout Silent Rage?? They were hunky looking guys whose producer was Gene Simmons.

    Sleeze Beez
    Mass
    Odin
    Tattoo Rodeo
    Mama's Boys
    London Quireboys
    White Tiger

    And Tuff! And Exciter!

    Went through my CDs! Here are some others not mentioned yet...

    Child's Play
    Damn Yankees
    Electric Boys
    Harlow (not the VH1 Bands On the Run band)
    Hericane Alice
    Junkyard
    Kingofthehill
    King Kobra
    Rough Cutt
    Roxx Gang
    Saraya
    Tangier
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    Thunder
    Love/Hate
    Hurricane
    Saints and Sinners


    Yup-All those fit your categories!
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    Okay these two bands are nothing alike but they just rolled off the top of my head:

    Guiffria
    Keel
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