The Hair Metal Gods are watching! And Rocking!

I went to my first hair band gig last week, admittedly 20 years late. The aging rockers put on great show with their squealing guitars and screams of “Are you ready to ROCK?” Yes we were. Happily the middle-aged metal masters left their skin-tight spandex pants at home.

But when I was a kid, we treated those Hair Metal Gods with contempt and rejected their call to Rock. With their flying V guitars, bouffant hair and cheesy anthems, they looked more like psychotic Barbie dolls than hard-lovin’ macho rockers. Trying to be cool, we turned to The Smiths and those shoegazing guitar bands DJ John Peel told us to like. But did we make the right choice? Let’s consider the facts…

1. Style

Hair band: Musicians and fans alike dressed like it was Gay Parade Day every day, with glittering spandex, wild makeup, lumpy crotches and enough hairspray to destroy what’s left of the ozone layer completely.

Excuse me ladies/gents, which way to the Parade?

Indie: Only grey baggy clothes were permitted. We were too sad and lonely to bother brushing our hair. What was the point? No-one cared. Only Morrissey styled his hair, but he was probably doing it, like, ironically.

Spacemen 3 - No sparkly pants for them!

2. Lyrics
Hair band:

Rock You! Yeah! Woo! Not you fuckin' indie kids though.Gimme an R! O! C! K!
Whatcha got? ROCK!
And whatcha gonna do?

(Rock You – Helix)

Every lyric was about being ready to Rock, how hard they Rocked and how they were going to Rock all night. Other themes included hot ladies wearing lacy undies (also Rocking), rides in fast cars (while Rocking) and parties full of hot ladies, fast cars and Rock.


We only laugh when we see our bank balances.And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such as heavenly way to die

(There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
Sobbing – Tiggy)

All songs had to contain references to grief, grey skies, gravestones, girls in graves and gravy. Oh, maybe not gravy. That would have been way too colourful.

3. Gigs

Explosions! Women! Burning! Crotches!

Hair band: Every gig was packed full of explosions, fireworks, flaming guitars and thrusting crotches. Hot ladies in lacy undies would try to have sex with the drummer. While he was still playing.

Whatever you do, don't look up!

Indie: Every gig was full of kids shuffling and staring at the floor. Girls in the front row swooned over the skinny singer hoping he may cast a shy glimpse their way. Even the haze of marijuana smoke failed to lift our spirits because we weren’t supposed to be happy, dammit. And if we looked stoned and happy, we were just being, like, ironic.

4. Parties

Hair band: Ozzy and Axl’s barbeques must have been one awesome metal meat-feast with all those mangled bats, doves and pigs. Champagne poured by hot ladies in lacy undies! More coke than Amy Winehouse could shove up her nose in a million years!

Booze! Coke! Women! And it's not even brunch time!

Indie: Meat is murder, right? And you can’t eat when your heart is broken. Nothing but menthol cigarettes and a big bowl of despair kept everyone going. Besides, we had to keep skinny.

We're very sad.

Realizing I made a huge musical error in my youth, I have decided to make amends with the Hair Metal Gods and head down the Road of Rock. It looks like so much more fun!

Having said that, these lacy undies are killing me…


Sparkly spandex crotches are order of the day over at at

And don’t forget to head over to the spanking NEW – more fun than a boozy metal pool party! Probably!


11 Responses to “Heavy Metal Love – Hair Bands Rock!”


I was one of those weird rock/Morrissey hybrids. I could rock out with the best of them, but still dream of slashing my wrists over my college boyfriend. Sigh. Good times.

I’m dusting off my spandex pants right now!

That was a hilarious comparison. I’m glad you chose to R! O! C! K! ALL NIGHT!!! Good choice. We can dream about those days passed, those were good times!

Embrace the heavy metal hair bands and ROCK OUT! I like your comparison photos…they sure do know how to have fun!

*Off to purchase spandex and get a perm*

Hey cool posty!~ some of em hair bands wern’t so bad!!!~ lol I thought some of them looked hella stupid like Twisted Sister~ but hey the Hairy’s cranked out some rawkin music right?

When I was in high school in the 80’s, I was an indie fan. But one of my best friends was a hair metal fan. She and I would routinely park our car behind the arena of whatever tour was in town that night, and follow the tour buses back to the hotel and wait in the hotel bar. When the band inevitably came down, my friend would insult someone, and I’d get the shit kicked out of me.

Good times. Good times.

Chat: I have now Rocked. I feel dizzy.

JD: You had a boyfriend?? Wow, us miserable indie kids could only dream of such a creature.

Jeff: Don’t forget to share some pics! On second thoughts, maybe not.

Lisa Lisa: Yes they were good times and I totally missed them. Thanks for reminding me! 😉

Julie: Spandex and a perm? Oh God, what have I started?

Harleyblues: Twisted Sister – ahh, that hair! Those pointy teeth! Are they all working at Wal-Mart these days?

Howard: That sounds like a true friend. What a great set-up you guys had!

I know I’m a little late to the party, but I agree with everyone else you definitely made the right choice by coming over to ROCK! and away from those dopey Deadheads anyway. 😉

wow that was a great read! left me wondering if i should ditch my axe and get a haircut… maybe not:/

Unfinished: Fashionably late, of course! I hope you brought some fresh doves for the barbie.

Mantiz: I wonder if hair rockers got a haircut, they’d lose all their Rocking powers?

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