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Similarities between Rockabilly & Hair Metal

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2010, 05:33:18 pm »

K. That's why I asked for clarification on the glam rock label... because while 70s bands used make-up (KISS, Bowie) I really associate that glam look to the Poisons, Motley Crew, Whitesnake look that was the beginning of the hair band era.

A lot of the British bands really seemed to pull their rock out of the blues sound -i.e. Led Zepplin... so I've felt that a lot of rock bands tried to imitate Zepplin more than anyone else.

Meanwhile Led Zeppelin were imitating many of their forebears-- Stairway to Heaven was borne out of an instrumental piece, Taurus recorded by the band Spirit they also heavily borrowed from an obscure Ritchie Valens track, Oo My Head in one of their songs.  That's not necessarily a bad thing though.

Led Zeppelin seems to be the alpha and the omega for white rock fans from their inception through today.  I never got them or what all the fuss was/is about and I say this as a lead guitar player.  My sticking point is Robert Plant's vocals: I just do NOT like his voice, at all.  But yeah, so many bands copped their style.  The band that first leaps to mind is Heart!  Ann Wilson has often cited Zeppelin and Plant as everything she wanted Heart to be and no, I can't take a lot of her voice either, although I generally enjoy female vocalists a ton.

I was on a totally different planet in high school (1974-1978).  All of the non-band kids were Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin 24/7.  I was always more into funk bands like TOP, E,W&F, James Brown, Brother Ray, Aretha, Stevie Wonder, jazz/rock stuff like Chicago & B,S&T, Jethro Tull, Latin rock like Santana and Malo and fusion such as Weather Report and Miles Davis.  Maybe playing in interracial bands had something to do with it, maybe not.  I dunno.  But even when it came to metal stuff, I liked Deep Purple with Ritchie Blackmore on lead guitar a LOT more than Page.  To me, he blew Page out of the water and he and keyboardist Jon Lord had a real jazz improvisational touch to their soloing and trading solos back and forth. To me Zeppelin was always Plant screaming bare chested and Page messing with the violin bow, all theatrics.  *DUCKS*

I didn't (and still don't like) Lynard Skynard, either, although "Sweet Home Alabama" seems to be the theme song of my Southwest Chicago Suburban parish!  Go figure!  The Kid Rock thing "All Summer Long" is the other big thing there because it contains samples from SHA.  Yuck.  Yeah, I'm WAAYYY weird, but aren't all musicians?  LOL!  Grin
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