Originally Posted by Sanitarium78
Calling Alice Cooper glam might be the biggest insult i've ever seen on this board. He had some influence on the genre because of his look, but if you knew anything about his music, you would know it has very little in common with glam metal.
How exactly is Def Leppard glam? I've always considered them just a rock band. They never wore make up and Rick and Steve were the only ones with big hair so they didn't fit in to the whole Hair band label either. The same with Bon Jovi, Skid Row, GnR and Motley Crue, they're just rock bands. With Crue you could make an argument that they were glam on those first couple albums with all the makeup and looking like females thing they had going on. But starting with Girls, Girls, Girls they ditched that whole look and have never looked back since. Songwise, they're just a hard rock band
Van Halen sure as hell isn't one either.
Have you forgotten that glam metal also has a distinct sound? All glam metal bands have some things in common,like huge,anthem-like choruses,and shredding guitars,but I'm definitely not saying all glam metal bands sound the same.Alice Cooper had the "sound" of glam metal on Trash,Def Leppard may not of had the look of glam metal,but on Hysteria and Adrenalize they definitely had the sound of glam metal.Early Bon Jovi was glam metal,anything after New Jersey isn't (but I like almost all their stuff).Skid Rows first album had glam metal elements in it,I use that as a excuse to put it in my top ten,but I agree their mostly straight up heavy metal to me.Guns 'n' Roses is in no way a glam metal band,they are the definition of a hard rock band (well they used to be at least).Motley Crue's early stuff (Too Fast For Love,Shout At The Devil) is more heavy metal with elements of glam,Theater of Pain and Girls,Girls,Girls are glam metal with elements of heavy metal,and Dr.Feelgood is really hard rock/glam metal.