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Glam metal (Music)

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Topical headingGlam metal (Music)
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Variant(s)Hair metal (Music)
Lite metal (Music)
Pop metal (Music)
See alsoHeavy metal (Music)
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Found inWork cat.: Poison (Musical group). Open up and say-- ahh!, ℗1988 (glam metal music)
Wikipedia, Mar. 16, 2018: Open Up and Say... Ahh! (Open Up and Say... Ahh! is the second studio album by American glam metal band Poison) Glam metal (Glam metal (also known as hair metal and often used synonymously with pop metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal, which features pop-influenced hooks and guitar riffs, and borrows from the fashion of 1970s glam rock; Musically, glam metal combines a traditional heavy metal sound with elements of hard rock and punk rock, adding pop-influenced catchy hooks and guitar riffs. Like other heavy metal songs of the 1980s (most notably thrash metal songs), they often feature shred guitar solos. They also include extensive use of harmonies, particularly in the characteristic power ballads -- slow, emotional songs that gradually build to a strong finale. These were among the most commercially successful singles in the genre and opened it up to a wider audience that would not have been attracted to traditional heavy metal. Lyrical themes often deal with love and lust, with songs often directed at a particular woman.)
Grove music online, via Oxford music online, Mar. 16, 2018 (Glam metal (pop metal; hair metal; lite metal). Subgenre of hard rock and heavy metal. Also called pop metal and, somewhat pejoratively, hair metal or lite metal, glam metal developed in the 1980s primarily on the Sunset Strip club scene in Los Angeles and flourished until the rise of grunge in the early 1990s. Groups identified this way include Poison, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. The sound of glam metal is typically more melodic and less bottom heavy than that of hardcore metal, its vocals are characteristically sweeter, and its lyrical concerns derive more from the blues than from heavy metal mythologizing. The "glam" aspect of the subgenre is found in the (usually male) performers' preference for extravagant, colorful outfits and make-up over heavy metal black leather, and their excessively bouffant hairstyles. Though often decried by purists, glam metal is credited with broadening heavy metal's audience by appealing to female fans and a more mainstream pop audience.)
Hair metal overview, via AllMusic website, Mar. 16, 2018 (Hair Metal is a derisive term applied to the slick, pretty, and pop-oriented heavy metal and hard-rock bands of the late '80s. These bands expanded the approach of the loud but safe arena-rock bands, only they had a more distinctive visual image because they were living in the post-MTV era. Wearing flashy clothing, heavy makeup, and large, teased hair, the bands had an appearance that was more distinctive than their music, though both their look and their sound became a curse in the early '90s. After Nirvana brought grunge and alternative music to the top of the charts in 1991, hair metal bands quickly died, losing all of their popular support. Some tried to change their sound, while others struggled on with their trademark sound to no avail. Though some bands still survived in the mid-'90s, they had adopted a harder sound than they had in the '80s, but their fondness for pop hooks and melodies had not faded away.)