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by Chuck Eddy

May 6, 2014

Big Hair Radio

by Chuck Eddy  |  May 6, 2014

From the beginning, Rhapsody's Big Hair Radio has been defined as "loud rawk, big riffs, tight pants and lots of groupies." Even if you've never understood why somebody would spell "rock" that way, it ought to be perfectly clear what our description is getting at. Obviously, hair metal in its 1984-to-1990 MTV-ruling prime is the main game in town -- say, Ratt and Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot to Mr. Big and Slaughter and Extreme, with plenty of Guns N' Roses/Mötley Crüe/Skid Row/Cinderella/Warrant sleaze and select moments of Bon Jovi sentimentality in between.

But you'll also hear lots of the mid-'70s glam (KISS, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, Queen, T. Rex) and late '70s/early '80s hard rock (Runaways, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Billy Squier, Scorpions) that made hair metal possible in the first place. And we've even sprinkled in a handful of cuts by more recent headbangers who have big '80s hair running through their genes (and in certain cases, possibly big '80s cucumbers running through their jeans): bands like Buckcherry, Steel Panther, The Darkness, The Pretty Reckless and Beautiful Creatures. What all this spandexed, Aqua Netted and Max Factored rocking adds up to, in the immortal words of Poison, is nothin' but a good time. It don't get better than this.

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