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Nothing subtle about this forgotten Great White hit



Many times hair metal deserves an eye roll for its over the top suggestive lyrics and double entendres. Because so many guys got into band for the women, it's makes sense that we have songs from Great White like Mista Bone that channel man's hairy-knuckle pursuit of the female species.

Despite selling millions of records, Great White will probably be remembered best for the tragic night of Feb. 21, 2003 when mistakes with the band's pyrotechnic show ended up killing nearly 100 people at a Rhode Island nightclub, including the band's guitarist Ty Longley. During the '80s, Great White had two platinum albums and many singles like Mista Bone.

Mista Bone was off the 1989 Twice Shy album and the follow up single to their Top 5 hit Once Bitten Twice Shy. While it charted on the Mainstream Rock Charts, Mista Bone wasn't exactly a song that fit Top 40 formats with its bone crunching riffs and suggestive lyrics. The video for Mista Bone leaves nothing to the interpretation of its lyrics as various women practice their stripper moves in front of creepy men. Despite the lyrics, Mista Bone cooks especially the last 15 seconds when the slow burner turns into a full out assault.

These days, Great White has broken up into two bands. Reminiscent of what is happening with AC/DC now, Great White hired a new lead singer white veteran singer Jack Russell recovered from intestinal surgery. When Russell recovered, he started up Jack Russell's Great White and the lawyers sorted it out over the next few years with both bands still operating. 

[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 9:20am]


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