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The Top 7 Hair Metal Videos In Which The Music Is So Powerful It Defies the Laws of Physics

The Top 7 Hair Metal Videos In Which The Music Is So Powerful It Defies the Laws of Physics

I don’t know you, but I’ve spent an awful lot of my life wishing that I’d been a teenager around the time that I was born. Bon Jovi was touring for Slippery When Wet in 1987! “Here I Go Again” was topping the charts! “Talk Dirty to Me” was one of the most popular videos of the year! We were out of the recession! The Soviet Union was about to fall apart and Ronald Reagan was making Americans feel like we really were the cool kids!

And apparently we had so much confidence in rock and roll that we believed it could do ANYTHING. LITERALLY ANYTHING. Hair metal bands seemed like they were obsessed with proving that they were the anti-conformist avant garde (while also basking in the tremendous capitalistic success they were intent on wasting on cocaine), and to do so they made videos that pitted the band against authority figures, using only music as their weapon. If they’re to be believed, the sound waves emitted from instruments and the adrenaline they get from performing transforms them into the bastard child of Gandalf and the Mighty Hulk.

Anyway, god knows we need a good laugh right now in 2014, so without further ado, here’s seven (OK, eight) music videos that’ll show you the righteous anti-authority power of hair metal. Keep reading »

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction

Be My BF: Mullet
His mullet got him kicked out of a bar. Read More »
Be My BF: Poem Tattoo
We love his poem tattoo. Read More »

Dear Roger Tullgren AKA The Guy Who Received Disability Benefits For His Heavy Metal Addiction,

A lot of people claim to lead a heavy metal lifestyle, but as far as I know, you’re the only one who has had three separate psychologists confirm that your obsession with heavy metal is actually a clinical addiction. After you were fired for skipping work to attend metal shows and blasting Black Sabbath all day, you got the Swedish government to help support your lifestyle. How? Well, you described it best: “I signed a form saying: ‘Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labor market. Therefore he needs extra financial help.’”

Roger, even though you’re no longer receiving disability benefits, I feel compelled to tell you that I love your heavy metal style. Never change, OK? And if you ever need a date for a hardcore show, I’m pretty sure I have enough black eyeliner for both of us.

XOXO
Winona

[Oddity Central]

Like Rap? You Probably Have High Self-Esteem

A study of more than 36,000 people from around the world found that musical tastes and personality type are closely related. Professor Adrian North of Henriot-Watt University found that classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal lovers were gentle and at ease with themselves (the first finding makes sense, the second is puzzling). “The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things,” North said. So, maybe it’s the pop music lovers who are the scary ones — the study found that they are “not creative” and “not at ease” but have “high self-esteem.” Personally, I’m a little hurt that indie music lovers are said to be “not hard working.” [BBC] Keep reading »

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