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Jakarta Post

Hair metal roars again

  • Nuran Wibisono


Jakarta   /   Sun, October 10 2010   /  09:15 am

In 1991 Seattle-based grunge band Nirvana released their sophomore record Nevermind, an album like no other. In no time, Nevermind’s popularity sounded the death knell for the previous chart-toppers of the 1980s, hair metal. But did Nirvana and Nevermind really entirely obliterate hair metal from the music scene?

Not quite. In the same year Nevermind was released, Rolling Stone named Enuff Znuff, a run-of-the-mill hair metal band from Chicago, the best band of 1991.Yet sixteen years after Nirvana was supposed to have written hair metal’s obituary—hair metal being a derogatory term to refer to the rock music played by long-haired effeminate musicians who indulge in long guitar solos and power chords—the annual Rocklahoma Festival in Oklahoma relives the glory days of hair metal. In its first gathering in 2007 the festival featured bands worshipped by 1980s youth: Quiet Riot...