EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK AND HIS DISDAIN OF THE TERM “HAIR METAL”

eddiestudio Chad Bowar of About.com recently interviewed very own Eddie Trunk. Portions of the discussion appear below.

Q: Is a second book like a second album, where you have your whole life to do the first one, but only a few months for the second one and a lot more pressure and expectations?

A: That’s a great question. (laughs) Certainly the expectation is there for people who have the first book. The first book was incredibly well-received by most people, more so than I think me or my publisher ever envisioned. All the elements
that people loved about the first book: the layout, the mix of photos versus text, the personal stories, the playlists, all the anecdotes; they are all there. This book is a sequel in the truest sense of the word.

The big difference of course is this one has 35 chapters on bands that were not in the first book. I really wanted to include many of these bands in the first book, but I ran out of space. I hope it lives up to the expectations and the precedent that was set by the first book. Obviously, as you move into another 35 bands, not every one is going to be a household name. But a lot of people are looking forward to reading about some of the more off-the-radar bands. And there’s plenty about established bands, as well.

Q: Was there an artist or artists that people complained weren’t included in the first book that you were able to put in this one?

A: I didn’t really hear from so many people about bands that weren’t in the first book. I did hear from a lot of people about bands that were in the first book that they were kind of surprised about. An example of that would be Bon Jovi. Younger people especially don’t quite understand the connection that Bon Jovi had with this scene when they first came on it. If you’re not my age (I’m 49), you might not understand that they were very much a part of the hard rock/metal scene early on, and have evolved past it. Billy Squier, same story, from book one.

There were a couple of bands that I’m personally very close to that weren’t included in the first book that are in this one. People were like, “I can’t believe you didn’t include Overkill in the first book.” Overkill is a band that I was personally very close to from the beginning, being they were a Jersey band, and they are still friends to this day. One of the guys said, “Jesus, we’ve known this guy for 30 years and didn’t make his book!” (laughs).

It was nothing personal, I love Overkill. But each book has to be a balance between bands I feel are important to include, bands I feel are important to include because of my personal relationship with them, and there are bands that I’m a really big fan of that maybe weren’t ever all that popular, but I want to include. So it’s got to be a balance. Obviously you have to have some name bands in there so that the book sells and enough people recognize the names. Then there are those bands that I love and want to talk about. So I’m happy to say Overkill is in this book, as are Testament, who were a big part of my early years in the music industry. Same with White Lion. I have a huge history with those guys. In this book I was able to include those guys and get their stories out.

Q: One band that’s included in the book that you have championed is Y&T, who I think are very underrated.

A: I’ve always loved Y&T. As a kid I used to go see them at clubs like L’Amours in Brooklyn in the early ‘80s. I’ve seen them so many times over the decades. I think Dave Meniketti is one of the great singers and guitar players who doesn’t get the accolades he should. I was really glad to be able to include them. One of the things that happened with the first book that I hope happens with this book is that you have the big bands that everybody knows like Ratt and Whitenake. But you also have Y&T and Riot and Angel, bands that maybe not everybody knows. That is something I hope people get turned onto through the book. Everything I’ve ever done is about sharing music that I love and maybe getting people to discover stuff they didn’t know about.

Q: Some classify Y&T as “hair metal,” a term you do not like and have talked about on your show. Do you have a problem with it if it’s used as a term of endearment?

A: I’m not the thought police (laughs). I just say how I feel about things. Why I was vocal about that is that mostly younger people that didn’t grow up in the times where these bands were crucified, don’t realize that was born as a derogatory term. It was a statement that was applied to these guys that really hurt them for decades. I had Jake E. Lee on That Metal Show recently, and he said he couldn’t get gigs throughout the ‘90s because every time he’d go in for an audition, bands would say, “There’s that hair metal guy.”

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry regarding the “hair metal” thing, but those bands lent themselves to it. If you’re all going to get your hair done and wear make-up and high heels and leather – basically look like girls, those bands should be thrilled that they weren’t call a lot more derogatory names. And I’d say that Angel started it, though KISS was certainly an influence to a point. But at least Angel and KISS had a few rocking songs. For the most part I thought all the “hair metal” bands were incredibly limp: Poison, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, White Lion etc…. I could take Ratt and I understand Motley Crue, though I’d rather listen to their two main influences – Aerosmith and Van Halen. Thank God for the Seattle bands and G ‘n R for ending this sorry chapter of hard rock.

    • I agree that the look was awful (especially in hindsight… I was a teenager at the time), and some of the bands WERE limp, but because you mentioned them I have to stick up for Cinderella. At least, I have to stick up for their first album. Night Songs was a really solid record. They got softer and poppier after that but the first album was pretty damned good. Same with White Lion, get past the pretty boy looks and the candy coated radio songs and the first couple of albums had some respectable stuff on them. I wish Motley Crue would have come back to the Shout At The Devil sound after a while, but they became a sleazy party pop metal band – like most of them after 1986 or so.

      • Night Songs was a great record. But those dudes looked like a hair metal band on that album cover and they got labeled because of it. Clearly a record label idea. Never liked White Lion, but gotta admit they’re cover of Radar Love was pretty good. Saw them open for AC/DC and Aerosmith and they were not a good live act. RATT was my favorite of that genre. Great riffs and Pearcy’s voice was very unique at that time.

        • And one other thing, to Eddie’s point about Y+T. They are/were one of the most under-appreciated bands of the 70/80’s. And they were NOT Hair Metal. Anyone who called them that didn’t listen to their music. Fantastic band and Dave Meniketti is a true talent both vocally and on the six string. I got your back Eddie on the Yesterday and Today issue.

          • they released several hair metal albums, coasting with the times

          • I can’t blame Y&T for the move towards pop metal after In Rock We Trust, as they were trying to make a living. But even with the keyboards and teased hair, it was still some of the best stuff being put out in the late 80’s. I was lucky growing up in the San Francisco bay area as we’d get to see the band every few months and I saw them grow from playing the veterans memorial in Petaluma, CA to headlining the Arco Arena in Sacramento. It’s a shame they never had their BIG breakthrough. Huge fan of Y&T.

        • Yeah, I think Ratt still holds up for the most part. Again, you have to dig beyond the glammy look. Out Of The Cellar was a pretty heavy record (let’s be clear here – I’m not comparing them to Metallica heaviness circa 1984, but for a mainstream rock band they were heavier than VH, Bon Jovi, Journey – yes they were and are a big time rock band especially then). I actually think Pearcy is the weak link in that band but he fits well enough. Warren DeMartini is awesome, and their last album a couple years ago was very good.

    • gn’r were hair metal too.

  2. I agree with Eddie. Hair metal is us a label brought on by the grunge movement of the 90’s. What will we call that? Flannel metal? See what Dave Grohl thinks!!

    • Unfortunately the scene got oversaturated by bands that were bigger on hairspray and spandex than they were on talent and it became kind of a joke. I remember watching the Bullet Boys and Britney Fox on MTV and thinking “This is what it’s become?” There had to be some kind of backlash, and the bubble had to burst, it’s just unfortunate that many of the bands of the time that actually DID have talent and music good enough to endure got swept away with the rest of the debris. I think Dokken tried to just play in normal clothes and the record company said “you can’t do that!” (I can’t recall where I heard that, so I can’t vouch for authenticity).

      I keep waiting for the bubble to burst on rap, but it doesn’t seem to be happening.

    • I totally agree about disliking the term hair metal. It was created to denounce the whole genre. Back then it was just hard rock, pop metal, or just rock. Sure many bands looked ridiculous and even for me it got overblown and tired in the late 80s. But, it was theatrical and entertaining if you were there…and the thing that rarely gets attention is the fact most of those bands that were great musicians. Some of the best players came out of that era. That may not matter to some, but its worth noting that playing guitar well was the standard for most of the bands. The singers could sing. I will always prefer that to the boring grunge era and the cookie monster vocals of today. Like most eras of music,.it gets bloated and overdone until everyone made their money and it is time for something else. I loved.it from 83 until late 1986 or so. Once Slippery got huge then.we got Danger Danger, Firehouse,.VV Invasion etc.

      • “Cookie Monster Vocals” – That’s hilarious and spot on. I can’t stand singers who try to fake a more masculine voice. It reaks of…..

      • Oh no, Firehouse! I wish you hadn’t reminded me about them. Ugh. Perfect example of how sickly polished and pretty and lame things had become. The girls in school liked them though. Thankfully by that time I had mostly moved on to Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. when I got to my “angry teen” years. Not as many girls in that fan club though.

  3. Wonder who had the longest extensions or just plain wigs? Joe Elliot had long ones. Roth & Simmons championed the wig factor. Angel seemed to be the first hair band of metal though Alice Cooper had real long in ’67 in Phoenix though not metal. Y&T were shorted in the mix, great band.

    • Hey Lee, you know who had hair extensions and a weave? Vinny Appice. Hey Lee, you know who had a cool beard tied with a string called a nib which inspired the classic N I B? Initials B.W. I don t mean Brad WILKIE. So FOLLOW ME NOW AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET LEAVING THE LIFE YOU LED BEFORE WE MET.

  4. FLANNEL METAL That’s funny

  5. I wonder if Vinny had post it notes on his toms like Bill. ’80 it was game set match and young Vin on the skins ripping through Heaven & Hell like in Derringer ’78.

  6. Shit metal. Garbage like WASP, Keel, Kick Axe, Faster Pussycat, Kix, Slaughter, Vixen, Great White. All of it derivative and shallow. MTV providing the only chance for “success”, because not one of these stiffs could have ever had a hit based on radio play. A horrible era overall. When you’re stealing from Def Leppard, Kiss or Motley Crue, you are on the lowest rung of the creative process.

    • Clearly, if you’re lumping Great White in with Vixen then you don’t know what you’re talking about. And several of those bands really don’t represent what that ‘era’ was about. Kick Axe and Keel? Those are like 4th tier bands from that era. You’re obviously not a fan of that genre, or you might be aware of some of the more talented bands that made some kick ass music, and Great White is certainly one of those bands. Kix was pretty damn good as well.

      Yeah, Faster Pussycat and Vixen sucked, but the fact that they had record contracts speaks volumes about how screwed up the record industry is. Once those idiots see that a certain style is popular, they go about signing every fringe copycat band out there, and some of it is shit. They saturate the market with a lot of garbage, and then inevitably there is a shift to something different in terms of what is ‘popular’. In this case, we got grunge music, which actually flamed out a lot faster than ‘hair metal’ did. In fact, there are still a lot more of those ’80s bands playing today compared to the ’90s bands.

      • Hey Rich, I agree with you as far as the longevity of the 80’s bands versus 90’s bands. When is the last time you’ve seen a festival (like M3) for grunge? Lallapalooza?? In my opinion, the only major bands that kicked ass from the 90’s were Pantera, Tool, AIC, and Soundgarden. And if I have to hear one more time how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana killed 80’s music I’m gonna puke. Nirvana sucked. The only reason they were big is because 80’s music was so watered-down and overexposed that ANYTHING different in the early 90’s would have killed it.

        • I’ll stick up for some of the grunge bands. Obviously Cobain and Staley are dead, so you won’t be seeing two of the biggest grunge era bands around. Weiland is a train-wreck, but the older STP stuff still holds up well. Pearl Jam is also still doing well. They don’t need a big festival, cause Pearl Jam probably would sell more tickets by themselves than 6 hair bands on a bill.

          Cobain’s lyrics apparently got through to a generation. There’s more to life than “Fuck like a beast” and the other one-dimensional stuff that most hair bands are obsessed with.

      • Agree Rich. Great White was not a Hair Metal band. Again if the only song you heard from them was ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, you might lump them into that category. But that would be wrong. I’m also going to stick up for WASP (which is really bizarre)- hair metal bands didn’t write songs like ‘Fuck like a Beast’, or ‘The Torture never stops’, or ‘The Headless Children’ or ‘The Crimson Idol’. They might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but Blackie Lawless definitely isn’t/wasn’t hair metal.

        • Yeah, good call on WASP. They looked as stupid as anybody but were musically a lot more “real metal” than a lot of those other bands. I’m not saying they were the greatest ever or anything, but much better than many probably realize.

    • LOL! well said. you should write a book, might even be on par with Eddie’s if not better.

  7. Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: KISS from 1974 to 1979 was an amazing band.

    Point two: No one borrowed or stole from KISS. Inspired by, maybe, but not borrowed or stole.

    No one touches KISS. Why? Great fucking songs. Even their solo albums (except Peter) had great songs, if not great performances (Gene’s).

    • No self respecting band would steal from such lameass Alice Cooper/New York Dolls rip like KISS. But plenty of bands with no self respect did. Like WASP.

      KISS music was generia. They probably had a hotline in the studio with Russ Ballard and Desmond Child faxing them songs. How did Bob Halligan Jr not hone in ?

      • Yes speedking, cause the fax machine was a real popular form of communication back in 1975. Apparently you know it all Genius. Got a real hate on for WASP I see. What happened, did you get a cod piece in the face at one of their shows?

        • I know this you douche. In ’75-78, Bob Ezrin wouldn’t use your heroes on their own records. The fax reference was to the 80’s you fag.

          • Wow speedking – fantastic homophobia on your part. I haven’t been called a fag since about 1984 which I suspect is the same year as the high tops your currently wearing. Let me ask you something expert. If KISS is so absolutely shitty and nothing more than a bunch of rip offs, how in the hell do you think it is possible that they are still around more than 40 years after they started with Mr. Ezrin? Love’em or hate’em but they’ve been around longer than you’ve been living in your parent’s basement. So I can appreciate your opinion, I cannot tolerate your immature language which does nothing more than show what a true embarrassment you really are. So I would suggest you cut your mullet and stop making out with your sister Backwoods and realize that in 2013 we’ve tried to bring our commentary up to a more suitable level than the heresy you like to spew. If you don’t know the meaning of the word heresy, perhaps you can run upstairs and ask your Mom what that means. And then you and her can spend some quality time looking it up in the dictionary together. Clearly you haven’t spent enough time with her and explains the language you like to use which shows your complete immaturity and overall complete lack of class. But thanks for playing today. We’ll send you home with some subsidiary prizes like a toothbrush for your one tooth and some soap that your mom can use to wash your mouth out with.

      • I agree – I’m not a KISS fan, and obviously Eddie Trunk is a huge one – so I’m not going to be a troll on his site, but I’ll say this:

        I think what really has to bother even the most rabid KISS fan is the realization – one that many of us had at a very early age/stage in our music fandom, that KISS is completely contrived and exists only to line Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s pockets. Say what you want about Led Zep stealing a few licks/riffs here and there – 90% of what they did was brilliant in terms of rock. And they disbanded due to artistic reasons when Bonham died.

        With Peter Criss and Ace Frehley being replaced by imposters, the die-hard fan finally must realize that this is the truth. It was all about the money and nothing else. The band was completely contrived from the first ad in a newspaper looking for musicians. Every move they ever made while playing their instruments – completely rehearsed and posed, like Paula Abdul choreographed it. All a fan does is call Eddie’s show and mention it – and the next 10 minutes we get Eddie’s passionate rantj, which I look forward to. I’d dare say, that the fact that Ace and Peter are being impersonated is just the symptom – it’s not the main thing that bothers fans. Look deeper and the real wound is knowing the frame of mind and way the creators of this band think – and that’s what has to hurt the most. All the KISS vs. Aerosmith or Led Zep arguments and officially null and void. You’ve all been suckered. At least you enjoy the music, but it is to music what McDonalds is to food – every ingredient carefully manipulated with zero real value.

        • The hate for KISS always amazes me. Forty years later, who really cares what you think.

        • I’m not a huge KISS fan, but I do own a couple of their CDs. So I’m not ‘hating’ on that band, but if you’ve watched the way that Gene and Paul have carefully controlled the KISS brand, and recognize that they were always more about style rather than substance, you have to concede that a lot of what John says is true. Look, I’ll give props to KISS for all they’ve accomplished and that they definitely gave their fans a hell of a show. But musically, you can’t honestly tell me that this was a band on par with other great rock bands of the same era. Compare them to Zepplin, Deep Purple, Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Queen? I could go on with that list but you get the picture.

      • Nobody innovates 100%, everyone has their influences. But KISS really did have a unique sound. Ace Frehley told me once, that one thing he was proud of, is that KISS had 4 unique lead vocalists, and maybe only the Beatles did that. But KISS from 1974 to 1979 were amazing, even through the hard times. What happened in the 1980s and 1990s and now are not something I like, but back in the day, KISS really did rule. Brian is right: The hatred for KISS amazes us. We can talk about KISS’ successes and fuckups because KISS has been around long enough to do both. Most other bands would give their nuts to have even their failures!

        • You have to take KISS for what it is…a brand and a business. Gene has never hidden from that. Yes they wrote some great music but I don’t look at them like any other band. They were always a business and whether you like em or not, they are still here. That’s not my endorsement of them, but rather a factual comment. Guys who hate on bands that have had more success in one minute that we’ve had in a life time are hilarious to me. There are bands out there today that I truly loathe (GNR being one of them), but if people are paying the money to see the concert, or download the album or buying the shirt, how can you deny their success? If KISS were the piece of shit loser band that some of you suggest, then they wouldn’t be here anymore. I agree with John G as it relates to the ‘replacements’. But to Gene and Paul those identities/characters belong to the brand which Gene and Paul paid for when they bought out Ace and Peter. Did they do something ethically wrong? No they didn’t. But did they do something that upsets our morality? Yes they did. But they don’t care because people keep showing up at their concerts as they are now trying to sell to the next generation and not us. And to some small degree its working.

          • I respect your opinion on this site DR, and also anyone else that can keep it civil. The tagline at the end of every article on Eddie’s site says “SPEAK YOUR MIND” – and that’s what Eddie’s show is about. So Brian, if it bothers you that KISS is still loathed, sorry man. But I was a fan as a 12 year old like Eddie, except after a while I realized a few things – basically one was how mediocre they were. I also like sugary garbage-like cereal when I was 12, and I guess some adults still eat Captain Crunch and Count Chocula, but it amazes me when 30 to 50 year old people still think KISS is a great band.

            Bob Ezrin obviously didn’t take KISS too seriously. Gotta love his screaming kids on “God of Thunder” – maybe subliminally he put his kids on, because he knew that most of the fans of the band were about the same age as his kids. The kids add nothing to the song and actually detract from any “seriousness” in their music.

            We can respect something’s popularity but it doesn’t mean it’s great. Longitivity doesn’t mean something is great either. You can still buy Captain Crunch, but I wouldn’t consider it great food. And I’m sure it’s made millions of dollars.

            Gene said there will never be a blond haired guitar player in KISS. Cause it’s about image. Forget about how well he meshes with the rest of the band, Gene calculates everything.

        • The KISS guys were big Humble Pie fans – who also featured 4 lead vocalists.

          • KISS was a great band in 1974 to 1979. Now they are just decent. But the best of KISS stands with anyone.

  8. The bands who ‘coined’ the term “hair metal” only have themselves to blame: it was embarrassing then and it’s still ridiculous now in retrospect. Personally I completely went off bands who felt the need to emulate all of those posers with lipstick and hairspray dressed like street trash. Even the likes of Judas Priest and Whitesnake had their fling at looking like the Wilson sisters!

  9. Ironic, half of these musicians are now balding.

    “I’m not only a member of ‘Hair Club for Men’ but I used to be in Great White”

  10. what”s the matter eddie the truth hurt ?( i”m a fan( just trying to give you constructive ideas.)jim ladd, bob colburn,donkirshner, casey kasem ,dick clark all they cared about was the music.sorry, if your feelings got hurt,

  11. It wasn’t THAT bad of an era, some good music came out of it. Besides everyone was dressing that way at the time, and unfortunately that’s what they had to do to get signed. If you were a new band in the 80’s and trying to get signed and you were too cool to dress that way then you were probably an out of work construction worker while Pearcy and Sixx were touring the world banging all your girlfriends. But did it need to move on? Of course it did, because I don’t think anyone wanted to see Chris Cornell in spandex and lipstick.

  12. Ballard & Child made hooks & riffs for the stuck in a rut songwriting.

    • YOU, YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN T HIDE. Let s compare THE MOB RULES, DEHUMANIZER, HOLY DIVER and THE LAST IN LINE to oh I don t know SABOTAGE, MASTER OF REALITY, BLACK SABBATH and DIOs best with the SABs HEAVEN AND HELL. Bill Ward is this genre s best ever drummer. No doubt about it. Appice is 10 years younger, that s his edge. Did you see Ward on T.M.S. The guy is a soft spoken gentleman. CLASS, through and through. Appice is good in his own right, but Ward is an immortal. Appice is a guy who can follow up an immortal. The TV show MASH was good but never as good following the departures of Wayne Rogers and Mcclean Stevenson. Black Sabbath is a lot like MASH.

  13. Bill Ward wasn’t a slobbering drunk in ’72 like at the starting gate for the Heaven & Hell Tour. Best ever? Carmine Appice could make Ward look hurtin’ just on his ’79 Rod Stewart tour. Ever hear of Hal Blaine? Ever see Bonham or Moon in concert? I did the same years I saw Ward. No comparison. Rick Rubin never used him for a reason. He can’t play anymore at expectations like millions of dollars at stake. Ask Ozzy.

  14. id prefere to call that phase of 80s metal and hard rock pop metal

  15. Bon Jovi and Poison wrecked this type of music. they and everything after them is horrible. bands like Kix , Wasp, Faster Pussycat, Bullet Boys, early Motley, Ratt all had great alblums early in their careers. another major shift was when Van Halen stopped being a great hard rock band and trying to be like Journey. they were sucsessful at it so with that and Bon Jovi alot of these bands thought that was the way to survive and stay relivent at that time. BTW, All the heavy hitters were also adopting the look. Ozzy, Kiss, Judas Priest. Look at Panteras first alblum. Also Axel Rose is clearly supporting this in welome to the jungle Video

    • Yup, sadly everybody was doing it. Remember Steve Harris’ black and white striped spandex jumpsuit? I’m not gonna call Steve Harris a poser, are you? At least Maiden made up for it with mummies blasting pyro out of their eyes and Eddie roaming the stage. THAT is how you do a metal show people!

  16. thanks eddie, looking forward to you don and jim in”three stooges 2″

  17. Classy ! ….and you called me an “infant” .

  18. speedking got his nickname for his stamina in bed. Which is not bad for a 35yr old virgin.

    • Wow speedking, I can’t believe your mom lets you watch her old porn. Where else could you get such intriguing ideas? Ahhh the South is trying to rise again. Its nice having a troll though. I’ll call you ‘my pet speedking’. Your knowledge of oral sex and racial inequality is second to none. You must have loved Schindler’s List.

  19. …and speedking lives with his Mom and her boyfriend.

  20. DEAR MR. TRUNK, I believe it is now time to put up 6 new articles so all of bloggers can get on with our lives. I had a little Bill Ward spat with another blogger but nothing like this. AFRO-AMERICAN PEDIPHILE PRIESTS! AIDS! PSYCHO CIRCUS! GOLDEN SHOWERS! 35 YEAR OLD VIRGINS! SCHINDLERS LIST! SPEED KING? GOOD GOLLY OH LITTLE MISS MOLLY! CHINESE HANDJOBS! Boys this is a heavy metal website not VERBAL ULTIMATE FIGHTER. You can t be getting all KKK around here. Halford is gay, KISS are Jewish, the guy from JOURNEY has a big nose, and Glenn Hughes is I no fucking idea what the fuck is up with that guy. Please gentleman be kind to one another and OH BY THE WAY, BILL WARD IS THE BEST FUCKING DRUMMER EVER!

    • I guess the fans aren’t doing too good of a job moderating themselves. Funny how that comic book band KISS always starts a controversy.

      • You are a very sad individual.

        • I find it to be an incredibly sad commentary on the human race when a mere “discussion” about music has to turn into childish mudslinging involving extremely offensive, and ignorant, racist remarks. Keep posting that garbage and I will keep deleting it.

          This is exactly why heavy metal fans have always gotten a bad wrap, so thank you for keeping that stereotype alive and well. Individuals, such as yourself, make me ashamed to be in your company as an avid fan of this type of music.

          Have a great day,
          Dana from EddieTrunk.com

          • I would say they should feel fortunate that there called Hair Metal, because their music is nothing I would consider metal. They sold out not just by how they looked but also musically. Watch Metal Evolution the Glam episode, they admit it. Why everyone is so pc now kills me. Quit whinning and be thankful for all the female company you had over the years.

          • I still remember the part of that episode when they interview Jani Lane. You could just see it in his face how he felt about those times. He looked flat out devastated when talking about Cherry Pie. The fact that he died years later was not lost on me looking back.

          • Thank you Dana.

      • It does take me back to a time when one could not see past their own ignorance. I guess that sad fact will never die. In reality we’re just a Winery Dog post away from getting back to business. Meanwhile I’ll await some more comments about my family or a rabbi or something like that.

  21. rich cudd , you are eddie”s dog -faced boy so, shave your face and learn to walk backwards .what a life texting at3:30 am ?

  22. hey, see speedking , at l east my mother and grand mother were human( thanks eddie, another great part of your fanbase :sad, subhuman low life who says obnoxious , high school insults to make them look cool ? ) your fan base circles the drain of human intelligance.

  23. Nelson Hughes says:

    Growing up during that scene, we didn’t referred to those groups as “hair metal” but as posers.To me personally, that was not metal as I was heavily into the thrash metal scene.As it was back in the 80s as it is today, when you see metal videos is most comprised of the poser groups, like if that is metal.Thrash metal has never been given the respect that scene rightfully deserves as clearly evident on VH1 Classics’ series That Metal Show and of course that other metal program, Metal Mania.

  24. Nelson Hughes says:

    Growing up during that scene, we didn’t referred to those groups as “hair metal” but as posers.To me personally, that was not metal as I was heavily into the thrash metal scene.As it was back in the 80s as it is today, when you see metal videos is most comprised of the poser groups, like if that is metal.Thrash metal has never been given the respect that scene rightfully deserves as clearly evident on VH1 Classics’ series That Metal Show and of course that other metal program, Metal Mania.So I don’t want to hear about how these poser bands had it rough.

  25. A RIDICULOUS RANT LIKE THAT HAD TO BE REPEATED. ARE YOU LUKA BRAZI S SON? IF THIS WEBSITE IS SO “POSER FRIENDLY” THEN WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU BE ON IT LET ALONE COMMENT? BUT YOU DID USE THE WORD “COMPRISED”. ARE THERE ENOUGH THRASH BANDS TO COMPRISE A SHOW? WE GO FROM ANTI SEMITES AND RACISTS TO DOWN AND OUT RETARDS. EDDIE PLEASE PULL THE PLUG ON THIS ARTICLE, I’LL LEAVE HOOKERS AND BLOW, WINGER AND IN THIS MOMENT ALONE. NELSON HUGHES IS A FUCKING GENIUS!

  26. Was not too fond of the term hair metal. I called it glam rock. But what killed that scene was “the ballad”. Top 40 radio started playing all the ballads out there, from tesla, to LA Guns to Whitesnake, even Metallica. When grunge came along it was back to basics. Alice in Chains, my favorite grunge band, brought back the doomy, crunchy guitar sounds…a la black sabbath. we needed to get back to basics.

    But…unfortunately, the music industry now, has hit the sh*ts. I live in LA and there is no metal station. I have to drive 45 miles east to get hear metal.

    • Rich Cudd says:

      That is a spot on analysis. It got to be so predictable that every band would have the token ‘ballad’ on every record, and many of those were really good songs. And when said ballads started being played on the radio all the time, we started getting 2 or 3 ballads from some bands, which was definitely not a good thing. Never let it be said that record labels don’t know how to take a good thing and absolutely kill it. Agreed on AIC, by the way, Facelift was terrific record. Much better than the BS we got from Nirvana. Jerry Cantrell is a great songwriter – his solo stuff hasn’t gotten a ton of play but it is pretty damn good.

  27. Peter Criss’ solo albums suck.

  28. after reading your comments the other day dana, i feel compelled to write the following; eddie, i would like to offer an apology for my comments toward your career, etc…. at 50, i too have a passion and knowledge for this music unfortunately, i could not make that a career in broadcasting. following your career since the mideighties and appreciating what you have done for this industry( i do compare you to don kirshner, dick clark etc…) i also felt that given the chance i could have something to contribute to this media given the chance. i even tried but,( unsuccessful) at meeting you at a joey kramer/ mohegan sun event a couple of years ago. hoping that a chance meeting or conversation could help me in the right direction.being a fan of your show ,there”s apart of me that is envious, doing a job that you love with your friends( sorry don and jim) using your passion to educate people on the power that this music has to offer etc…. that”s why when i found that( speak your mind) instead of commenting on the”term hair metal” it turned into a senseless, jealously fueled rant that i “m truly sorry for. you deserve all of your success and instead of wanting to be a part of what you have accomplished, i should examine my own shortcomings and try to move on from this. i hope you can understand why i wrote this and accept this apology.

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