hair metal

Van Halen’s ‘1984’ Represents the Past, Present, and Future

Van Halen’s ‘1984’ Represents the Past, Present, and Future

The era of hard rock and metal Van Halen ushered peaked and fell when the 1980s ended, but comes back again as classic rock for today’s 13-year-olds.

Hair Metal Is Back in Style Like It’s Going Out Of Style

Hair Metal Is Back in Style Like It’s Going Out Of Style

New albums by Extreme, Y&T and Filter show nothing falls out of fashion anymore. Hair metal is no longer a punchline but a cultural artifact to be appraised.

Nöthin’ But a Good Time Parties Like It’s 1989

Nöthin’ But a Good Time Parties Like It’s 1989

Nöthin’ But a Good Time takes readers on a loud tour of the monster decade of the ’80s, but not for the reasons you’d think.

10 Essential Glam Metal Albums

10 Essential Glam Metal Albums

‘Nöthin’ But a Good Time’ authors list their essential glam metal albums to help new listeners find the era’s best music.

Ballad of Big Hair: Los Angeles’ Glam Metal Scene Rises from the Ash Heap

Ballad of Big Hair: Los Angeles’ Glam Metal Scene Rises from the Ash Heap

The authors of a new and expansive oral history talk with us about Los Angeles’ 1980s glam metal scene and their book, Nöthin’ But a Good Time.

Chicago Artist Emily Blue Unveils “17”, Merging Electropop and Hair Metal Ahead of Collaborative Tour  (premiere + interview)

Chicago Artist Emily Blue Unveils “17”, Merging Electropop and Hair Metal Ahead of Collaborative Tour  (premiere + interview)

Chicago avant-pop artist Emily Blue merges electropop and hair metal into a synergy that sounds like they were destined to become entwined.

Finally Unchained: the bird and the bee Tackle Van Halen’s Legacy

Finally Unchained: the bird and the bee Tackle Van Halen’s Legacy

In 2010, the quirky electropop outfit the bird and the bee scored a hit with an album of Hall & Oates covers. Now, almost a decade later, the duo reinvent the hair metal machismo of Van Halen into one of the most joyous albums you'll hear all year.

Def Leppard: Def Leppard

Def Leppard: Def Leppard

A staggering rebirth from a band that many were all too happy to leave for dead.

We’re Halfway There: Bon Jovi’s Quest for Respectability

Sleazed to Meet You, Don’t Forget My Name

George Lynch: Kill All Control

Revisionist History: Hair Metal’s Proto-Punk Roots