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Sleaze Revival - The Best of 2007

Dear readers, your help is needed. I am teaming up with Hairball John for a feature on the so-called "Sleaze Revival" of 2007. Today, you need to help me determine the best sleaze/glam acts of 2007. The bands don't have to be new -- they can be comebacks, reunions, Swedish - whatever.

I'll get things started with my own list of the best Sleaze of 2007.

Vains of Jenna - The young Swedes played hundreds of shows this year, as support acts from everyone like Wednesday 13 to Poison and RATT. Their debut album Lit Up/Let Down is a strong effort and their song "Enemy in Me" is the best track on Viva La Bands Volume II.  

Crashdiet - The sophomore release by this Swedish band is surprisingly strong, despite a lead singer change. When original vocalist Dave Lepard committed suicide many people - including the surviving band members - thought Crashdiet was over. That was not the case, and The Unattractive Revolution is a great effort featuring H. Olliver Twisted behind the microphone.

Crazy Lixx - Their debut effort Loud Minority seemed to take years to release - but wow! Well worth the wait, put these guys on your radar. They are both talented and hot.

Gypsy Pistoleros - My favorite flamenco, sleaze band wowed the warm-up crowd at the Rocklahoma pre-party and Lee Pistolero has turned into a great friend of Bring Back Glam! Making waves in their native U.K. and here in the U.S., the renegade musicians will release Para Siempre in the near future. Right now, they are touring with Dirty Penny.

Dirty Penny - This band of California-based glam rockers prove that the historic heyday of the Sunset Strip isn't completely dead. Of course, they don't have a record deal and could learn a thing or two about product marketing. Still, Take it Sleazy is a damn good debut and major labels should take notice -- soon.

Nikki Sixx - Deal with it, people: Sixx is a creative genius. Nikki Sixx knows marketing and he knows his target audience. My favorite bassist has called 2007 "The year he gives back." He's back on top too: The Heroin Diaries is a New York Times bestseller and the accompanying soundtrack is brilliant. SIXX AM is an amazing band, not 100% glam, or Metal, or emo: it's just good.

Paul Black and Tracii Guns - This version of L.A. Guns gets slagged everywhere, but both Paul and Tracii are having a good year. They might not be playing stadiums, but they are playing and that says a lot. In my opinion, my interview with Paul Black is the best in Bring Back Glam! history. The duo seem to have fun on stage, and that counts for a lot. Plus, people are finally learning of Paul Black and his place in glam history.

This is just the beginning of my list. I want to leave plenty of room for your comments. I can't wait to hear who you think is Bringing Back Glam!



Reader Comments (20)

I am not sure who on this list is worthy of the title (since I have not really heard of a lot of these bands), but I tell you who is not and that is Paul Black and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns. This guy CANNOT sing and he butchers the L.A. Guns songs we all know and love. Stick with Phil Lewis for the real L.A. Guns.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
My Best Sleaze and Glam of 2007
Crazy Lixx
Dirty Penny
The Erotics
Gypsy Pistoleros
Hell N Diesel
Hardcore Superstar
Hanoi Rocks
Tattooed Millionaires
United Enemies

2 bands that may not fit into either category that are noteworthy are:
Endeverafter and

Rob Rockitt

November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
Airbourne, Dirty Penny and Crazy Lixx would top my list, with CrashDiet close behind. Not sure if they were 2007, but Green Dollar Color were really good, too. Perhaps they were 06, it's all a blur.

I also really like 3hree, although they are not glam at all, they were new this year. Is endeverafter the band that opened for Poison/Cinderella a while back ? I liked them, but I never got their CD. I should
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Oh - and The Answer was big for me this year, as was Black Stone Cherry
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Bringing back Glam: Vains of Jenna

Bringing back Sleeeeze: Gypsy Pistoleros!!!!!
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
tattooed millionairs isn't sleeze. neither was or is i guess, iron maiden.

Danger would be a good band. Sister, liptixx N Bullets
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChey
vains of jenna isn't glam. sleeze, yes but not glam. they are to edgy for that.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChey
Vains of Jenna seem more like Poison or Tuff.

Pitoleros are more like early Motley Crue or LA Guns.

Don't kill the messenger! :]
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Vains of Jenna are great. And the next album will be twice as good as the first. TRUST ME.....
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I would say VOJ, Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, Pistoleros, & Dirty Penny. Also Innocent Rosie they're good too.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I've never understood the different between sleaze and glam...and don't really care to. What I care about is songs that rock, have a killer hook, and show quality musicianship. For me, there are three bands that hit the mark: Airbourne, Endeverafter, and Crashdiet (moreso on their debut than the 2007 release though). Airbourne is comparable to AC/DC, so I guess they are more "hard rock" than glam or sleaze. Endeverafter, as mentioned earlier, opened for Cinderella and Poison on the 2006 tour. There are shades of Motley, Poison, and Yngwie on the CD, as well as some other influences that I won't mention here for fear of being lynched. :)
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason
I really miss Hardcore Superstar on that list, their new album is so much killer it almost isn't funny.
Best album of the year.
November 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Monroe
Dirty Penny
Hardcore Superstar
Blacklist Union
Kristy Majors
The Erotics
69 Eyes
Private Line
November 30, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersleazyrocker
The Wildhearts
Gene Loves Jezebel (Jay version)
Hardcore Superstar
Hanoi Rocks
Poison,Ratt,Vains of Jenna
The Raspberries
Bang Tango
Faster Pussycat
Enuff Z'Nuff
Fifi Larue
Private Line
The 69 Eyes
Peppermint Creeps
L.A. Guns
Def Leppard
Twisted Sister

and from last year........
Backyard Babies
Towers of London
December 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBritt Harlow
EndEverAfter - These guys just released their first CD in November 2007. I saw them open for Poison & Cinderella in the summer of 2006. Fronted by Michael Grant (who is also one hell of a lead guitarist), EndEverAfter's shows are amazing and a throw back to old school GN'R & Skid Row. They have a very "80's", hard rock, & sleeze vibe to their music. Check them out on Myspace if you want to know more...
December 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDreamWarrior
i think,crashdiet,hardcore superstar,dirty penny and danger
December 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkayla
I really like the Canadian band Crystal Pistol.
December 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkknutsen
missing from this list is the best glam album of the new century in wig wam "wigwammania" do urselves a favour and check out this great norwegian glam metal band.they without a doubt the best of the new glam bands and feature the most talented singer and showman in their vocalist glam and their guitarist is the best of the genre.his name is teeny.

December 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlaurie
January 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPepsi Sheen

my favorite new band of all time. these guys are f****** awesome. and i mean awesome. like a cross between Def Leppard and Europe. If i would have heard them and not known about them from online, i would swear their music was recorded in 1987. and its all VERY original. go to youtube and type in Heat- stay, and Heat- Everybody wants to be someone and you'll see what i mean
October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLandon Henry

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