Back in the mid to late 1980′s I was an impressionable teenager. What does this mean?
It means I’m old.
But it also means I came of age during the height of the “hair band” era. And yes, I was a willing participant. In high school I bought the CD’s (and tapes before that), went to a ton of concerts and even had long hair. Even before high school I knew I liked rock music – bands like Led Zepplin, Van Halen and Rush were early favorites of mine.
And then came Def Leppard. And Bon Jovi. And Poison. At first those bands didn’t do it for me but I quickly discovered something very important…. chicks dug them. And I dug chicks. That was good enough for me! It didn’t hurt that the girls who liked the rock bands seemed to be the hottest girls. Hey, I was a teenage boy, what do you expect?
Soon I was buying music from those types of bands and going to see them in concert. After awhile, the music grew on me. There is nothing ground breaking about any of it and the bands weren’t out to change the world, but it was a fun time – it’s too bad I can’t post any of my teenage long hair photos without ruining my anonymity! Though people that know me now probably wouldn’t recognize that version of me anyway.
As someone who lived through this time I’m completely uninterested in that new Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages. I know it’s based on the Broadway musical and I was completely uninterested in that too. They both look awful.
In many ways those bands were tongue in cheek and truly should not be taken seriously. Poking fun at those bands and that music makes sense… I get that. But if you’re going to make a movie highlighting that time and music why not make a GOOD one?? Instead of some crappy hair sprayed Glee wannabe piece of crap… which is exactly what Rock of Ages looks like.
The movie Rock Star with Mark Wallberg was good, as was Wedding Singer. But beyond that there isn’t much showcasing the 80′s that’s worth watching. Some may say that era of clothes, hair and music sucked anyway so why bother. Sure, but I’ll argue the 90′s was even worse.
Someone needs to make a movie showcasing the 80′s the way Dazed And Confused highlighted the 70′s. That movie was amazing.
That’s all I got. Maybe one of you will go see Rock of Ages when it comes out and tell me I’m wrong. But I doubt it.
Oh… and for those old enough to remember these, all of the following were big favorites of mine:
Motley Crue, Ratt, Tesla, Kix, Britny Fox, The Cult, Cinderella, Warrant, Skid Row, Dokken, Great White, LA Guns, Guns & Roses, Whitesnake and many more.
Am I alone in admitting this?