Thursday, January 6, 2011

Adzilla's Hair Metal Closet (Volume 2)

Time to unleash another edition of Adzilla's Hair Metal Closet. For first time readers, it's when Adzilla gives us hair metal albums that time has forgotten...or never knew at all. This time Adzilla answers any doubt that Steelheart had a follow up album, delves into some Bang Tango and gives a quick look at Poison once C.C. DeVille parted ways with the band.
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Band: Poison
All Music Guide Band Description: In a decade fueled by party anthems and power ballads, Poison enjoyed a great amount of popularity.
Most Successful Single: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (#1 Billboard Hot 100-1988)

Adzilla Album: "Native Tongue" (1993)
Charting Position: #16 (The Billboard 200) 
Best Known Single from "Native Tongue": "Stand" (#50 Billboard Hot 100-1993)
The Adzilla Shakedown: Check out "Blind Faith"
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Band: Bang Tango
All Music Guide Band Description: Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole '80s glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-boy looks and the fact that they hailed from Los Angeles, CA), the hard-rockin' quintet was one of the few L.A. glam groups to incorporate funk into its sound.
Most Successful Single: Or best known song : "Someone Like You" (Released 1989)

Adzilla Album: "Dancin' On Coals" (1991)
Charting Position: #113 (The Billboard 200-1991) 
Best Known Single from "Dancin' On Coals": "Untied and True" (Billboard N/A)
The Adzilla Shakedown: Check out "Dancin' On Coals"
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Band: Steelheart
All Music Guide Band Description: Steelheart was one of the last hair metal bands to score a hit with a power ballad, just before Nirvana and their ilk exterminated the genre completely.
Most Successful Single: "I'll Never Let You Go" (#14 US Hot 100-1991)

Adzilla Album: "Tangled In Reins" (1992)
Charting Position: #144 (The Billboard 200) 
Best Known Single from "Tangled In Reins": "Sticky Side Up" (Billboard N/A)
The Adzilla Shakedown: Check out "Late For The Party"
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Band: Danger Danger
All Music Guide Band Description: Just like any musical movement, when such glam metal pretty boys as Poison and Ratt hit the big time in the late '80s, numerous copycat acts followed in their path; one being Danger Danger.
Most Successful Single: "Bang Bang" (#49 The Billboard Hot 100-1990)

Adzilla Album: "Screw It!" (1991)
Charting Position: #123 (The Billboard 200) 
Best Known Single from "Screw It!": "Monkey Business" (#42 UK Billboard)
The Adzilla Shakedown: Check out "Don't Blame It On Love" or "I Still Think About You"
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Band: Mr. Big
All Music Guide Band Description:Mr. Big was one of the few "shredder" pop metal bands (translation: its members were very proficient at their instruments) that prized songcraft as highly as virtuosity.
Most Successful Single: "To Be With You" (#1 The Billboard Hot 100-1991)

Adzilla Album: "Bump Ahead" (1993)
Charting Position: #82 (The Billboard 200) 
Best Known Single from "Bump Ahead": Cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" (#27 The Billboard Hot 100-1993)
The Adzilla Shakedown: Check out "Promise Her The Moon"

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