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Bon Jovi

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Most Underrated Hair Bands of All Time

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Leather, spandex, acid washed jeans, and the scent of Aqua Net will always bring us back to our favorite decade, the hedonistic 1980's. And to the average person, this will evoke the canon of hair bands: Poison, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi.

But if you're me, or any person who sewed patches on your jean jacket, copied your favorite songs off the radio on to a mix tape, or owned your favorite album on vinyl, you will remember that there were dozens of hair bands. Yes, some of them were bad and came towards the end of the decade and into the late 90's, churned out by record labels to make a quick buck. However, the most underrated hair bands of all time maybe weren't as commercially successful or didn't quite fit into the hair band mold but got thrown in there anyway.

So here's my list of the most underrated Hair Bands and why, as well as my favorite song by them.

Cinderella


Like many bands that I loved, Cinderella started out more hair band (just look at E…

Random Thoughts

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Everyone says that the best era of KISS was sometime in the mid 1970's, when they released songs like "Rock N Roll All Nite", "Shout It Out Loud", "Detroit Rock City", etc. I would argue that the best - and the most underrated - albums and songs by KISS are from the hair-metal era.

OK, so maybe there isn't ONE cohesive album that inspires musicians like Slash and Tommy Lee to pick up their respective instruments like "Destroyer" or "Love Gun".

But COME ON, "Thrills In The Night", "UH All Night", "Heaven's On Fire", "Let's Put The X In Sex", "I Just Wanna" - these are much better songs than "Shout It Out Loud"!

And then there's my personal favorite hair metal era-KISS song "God Gave Rock N Roll To You II". The lyrics of that song should be burned into the consciousness of anyone who ever threw on a leather jacket and believed.

And as a side note, who c…