Tuesday, June 2, 2009

80's Metal Is Cooler Than You.

Ok, so 80's metal is fucking cool.

That's a statement that a smart, young, tasteful gentleman would not make. Nobody will admit that they enjoy it, though they do. How can one not? Unless they are boring, pretentious, uptight, serious, sad, angry, sober, religious, or not white.

It's not a type of music that you generally critique, it's just laughed at and passed over. It's not necessarily groundbreaking, influential or timeless, according to those who judge. It doesn't tackle serious, deep or artistic topics. Unless you consider drinking and girls serious, deep, or artistic.

Music surrounding 80's metal was considered smart and tasteful. Groundbreaking classic rock like the Beatles, Stones, Dylan and Zeppelin. And afterwards you had Pearl Jam, REM, and Nirvana. Music critics and coffee shop loiterers scoff at the fun, brainless, party music. But my friends, they are incorrect. Shadowed by a style of the times, the music was actually much more complex than displayed today, but rarely received credit. The lyrics, though, are another story. As are the videos.

Pelvic thrusts, spandex, licked fingers, Aquanet, eye liner, glass shattering high notes, tongue-out guitar solos, denim & leather, scantilly-clad groupies, drinking, drugs, and fast cars.

That's where this comes in...a weekly video post. Each week (if I can remember), I am going to post a sweet-ass 80's rock video. It's going to be from YouTube because that's the only way I know how to do it. But rest assured, it will be a song that will make you play air guitar, pump your fist in the air, and start drinking beer alone.

So, without further ado, here's video number one...please forget about being serious, please do not critique, and please do the "surprised guitar face" in the mirror. You know what I'm talking about.

The first one you're gonna watch is "Shake Me" by Cinderella. Now, I was never an enormous fan of Cinderella, but I did like this song. It's got some classic 80's metal cliche's that are phenomenal. Plus, it's got a little humor in the video, which was also an 80's metal video staple first started by Twisted Sister and Van Halen, I would guess.


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