We always talk about Glam metal bands around here - but what about the hair? Some of the hairstyles were badass...while many were just plain bad. I think it's high time we rank the best hair of the 80s - music notwithstanding. Here's my list of the best over-the-top Glam hair, and remember, I'm not taking musical ability into account here:
10. Nikki Sixx - Motley Crue. Seriously, the man had good hair and it was big too! He's been dying it black for three decades now and there ain't nothing wrong with that. As Motley's image changed, so the did the hair until it's evolution into perfection. Ladies: have you seen the still shot of Nikki at the beginning of the new "Saints of Los Angeles" video? Meow. All that hair plus a white hat and expensive suit to boot. Sigh.
09. Eric Brittingham - Cinderella. Ok, I prefer men in Metal bands to have black hair, but Eric gets a pass for his luscious, long blond locks (o.k., he's got dark hair now, but so do I. I was blond once too). His hair is so long it comes dangerously close to his bass strings - even when his guitar is slung low across his hips. Now, that's Glam.
08. Dizzy Dean Davidson - Britny Fox. Yeah, he's the guy who sang "Girlschool." Actually, maybe the number eight spot should just go to Britny Fox period. Those dudes had some big hair, yo. I mean, Pennsylvania probably still has a pollution problem thanks to the hairspray consumption of this band alone.
07. Taime Downe - Faster Pussycat. I should write a book, call it The Blond Years and dedicate it to Taime. Despite my penchant for dark Metallers, Taime looked awfully cute as a blond. His mane was big, bouncy and out of control. In short, that long hairstyle fit him - and Faster Pussycat - perfectly. Good times.
06. Mickey Finn - Jetboy. Mickey gets the sixth spot for having anti-Glam hair: it was short, spiky and typically green. Jetboy are a really great band, and Mickey's pointy hair gave this band a literal tough edge. I'm sure Mickey was just being an individual but I can't help but think it was also a smart marketing gimmick.
05. Slash - Guns n' Roses. Like Nikki Sixx, Slash still has amazing hair. It's like that man woke up one day, thought "I shall grow the best locks in Metal" and it was so. The famed guitarist has had essentially the same hairdo for twenty years - and that's perfectly fine with me.
04: Pepsi Tate - Tigertailz. There is no mistaking Tigertailz's status as a Glam band: the big hair immediately gave them away. It doesn't hurt their songs are big and rich and I am not talking about a country band here. Pepsi Tate had hair teased as high as a kite and it suited him just fine. Pepsi lost his battle to cancer last year and I think he'd want us to remember him all Glammed out.
03. The Nelson Twins - Nelson. Holy crap, this list wouldn't be complete without this duo. While Nelson couldn't live with out our "Love and Affection" they also - apparently - couldn't live without their hair straighteners! While their contemporaries were still teasing and crimping, Nelson had jumped ahead in the cosmetology world by keeping their long locks straight with, undoubtedly, Chi irons.
02. C.C. DeVille - Poison. Woo hoo, C. C. used to have brassy hair! It was big and spiky...and all the girls loved it. Did I mention it was brassy? I don't know what color dye he was using, but "white" must have been an option in 1988. I don't think it's a coincidence that the "reporters" at the beginning of the "I Want Action" video question C.C. "about the image." My goodness, C.C. sure had some good hair in the 80s. Side note: I listened to "Unskinny Bop" four times on repeat while writing this piece. Is it wrong that I still smile at the TV/computer screen when Bret and Rikki smile right back? I mean, seriously folks, I still get weak kneed! I am 28 years old and know this video by heart - I could story board it from memory - and yet I still get giddy. Glamness, I can't wait to see Poison again this summer. I think C.C. should dye his hair pink again! He wore the look better than Vince Neil - dunno why, I just found it more believable.
01. The Dudes in Nitro. It wouldn't be fair for me to just single out Jim Gillette here. I mean, boys had some hair. Words can't even describe, so look at the picture to the left. That's a very famous promotional shot for a reason: the hair alone summed up an entire genre. I have really long hair and I know for a fact I couldn't tease it as big or as high as Nitro. They win. I bow to them: the kings of Glam hair.
If you made it to the end of today's article, congratulations! You're probably wondering about the "interactive" part, eh? Here it is: send me a photo of you with your best impression of big 80s hair! Hell, maybe you're a Glam musician from the 80s and you feel you look better than the boys above. I can dig it. By submitting your photo, you agree the image becomes the sole property of Bring Back Glam! and I can mock or praise you how I see fit. Of course, there's a prize involved: to the winner, goes the spoils. I have some random Glam around the house and I'll pack it all in a box and ship right to your front door. By submitting a photo you also promise you're over 13 - after all, this ain't kiddie porn. Also, I'm not in the mood for profane images and seriously, if I see another musician flip off a camera for a posed picture I am going to puke. Do something original to get noticed and I'll post your image here on Bring Back Glam! next week for all the world to see. The deadline for photo submissions is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck.