Metal hair. One of the most distinct musical subgenres of all time and one of the biggest fads of the 1980s. Bright colors, skin-tight leather, soft, sticky guitar riffs and enough hairspray to hold a guitar. -sky.
We all know who the greats were back then: Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Ratt, Poison, etc. But where does this style come from? What made popular rock ‘n’ roll from being blues-based and gritty to party pop anthems?
This unique rock branch began in the UK in the late 1960s and rose to popularity thanks to Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex when he started making TV appearances wearing sequins and the like. apparently flamboyant clothes. David Bowie came next, especially when he started playing the role of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Other bands began to follow suit, focusing heavily on their fashion and appearance and writing pop-rock tunes, like Slade and the Sweet. Eventually, cultural phenomena crossed the Atlantic and the New York Dolls were formed in the United States.
The combination of these artists between their androgynous appearances and their flashy rock music paved the way for artists such as Van Halen and Quiet Riot, who rose up in the late ’70s and began to create hair metal like us. know it today. Scroll through the gallery below to see the pioneers of hair metal.
14 rock groups + pioneering hair metal artists
Top 70 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1970s