'The Sound of Sleaze:' Top hair metal albums of all time
L.A. Weekly has an excellent Top 20 ranking of the Best Hair Metal Albums of All Time. And by "all time," they mean the '80s, because it's a genre of music that was born, thrived and largely died during the decade. With nearly every great hair band born and buried in Los Angeles, it's hard to know this list from the L.A. publication. Click here to see the full list. But here's their top 5, along with a short excerpt for each.
LA WEEKLY'S TOP 5 HAIR METAL ALBUMS:
1. Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987): "This is the sound of sleaze."
2. Def Leppard, Pyromania (1983): "Uber-producer Mutt Lang was known as an incessant micromanager, but it paid off here."
3. Motley Crue, Too Fast For Love (1981): "A little pop metal masterpiece with very big balls."
4. Skid Row, Skid Row (1989): "Sebastian Bach looked like the kid you would befriend if you weren't scared of him."
5. Motley Crue, Shout At the Devil (1983): "Motley Crue's second record stands as an old fashioned ode to Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and the play-your-records-backwards satanism of the '70s."
[Thanks to Whitney at Pop Candy for the tip]