2010.08.23Best of the Hair Bands (well, the ones I could stand, anyway)

A couple of weeks ago I completely lost my mind and started assembling a "Best of the Hair Bands" playlist, inspired by my vintage Shrapnel acquisitions (Greg Howe, Tony MacAlpine). Witness: Def Leppard, Winger, Night Ranger, Ratt, Dio, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Rainbow and Whitesnake. And of those, the only ones I actually had to buy was the Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood". I'd purchased the Dio and Rainbow upon the mid-May news of Ronnie James Dio's passing. Most of these I've picked up for kicks here and there. Ratt's "Round and Round" just makes me giggle... and takes me back to 1984. Hmmm... wonder if Fastway belongs? Check out this Wikipedia article on the origin of the movement. By the way, for as much as I make fun of the movement, I have to say that Adrian Vandenburg's solo in Whitesnake's "Still of the Night" is still one of my favorite rock solos of all time.

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