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The Beautiful, Androgynous Mess That Was Hair Metal

I love hair metal. I love hair metal so much it burns, you guys. There’s just something so mythical behind the whole hair-spraying, tight-leather-pants-wearing, bare-chested, glitter-and-lipstick-wearing-but-also-hard-liquor-drinking-and-motorcycle-riding way of life that was hair metal (probably especially for those of us who were born after the fact, like me). My AP Government teacher once told me, “It was the androgyny that made it so attractive,” which is something most people deny and even look back on and laugh at in our present time, but I personally believe this is the truth. I now present to you some images that document:

The Beautiful, Androgynous Mess That Was Hair Metal

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I love Mötley Crüe.

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We all know you’re just lying to yourself if you’re not thinking, “absolutely gorgeous”.

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All of these men look like several of my aunts.

Nothing says hair metal more than wearing a pentagram headband while being hugged by a glitter-wielding, tutu-wearing fellow band member.

Nothing says hair/glam metal more than wearing a pentagram headband while being hugged by a tutu-bedecked fellow band member while you’re all covered in glitter.

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That duck face!

Those duck faces!

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Excuse the innuendo, but I’d like to point out the “man on top” in this photo.

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So pretty.

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I LOVE this picture!

 

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I wish I had lips like those. Dang.

 

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Are those blades built into the sleeves of his jacket???

A personal favorite of Tommy Lee.

A personal favorite of Tommy Lee.

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This photograph is the personification of if all my dreams came together and had a baby.

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The king of androgyny itself, Dee Snider, with Twisted Sister!

Dee Snider – The King of Hair Metal Androgyny!

And my personal favorite photo…

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There’s enough hair here for at least 5 people.

Nearly all of the photographs used in this post were taken from fuck yeah hair metal!!!!Hair Metal 101, or the “80s hair metal” Pinterest board.

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Robyn Perry is a 19-year-old second-year student at California State University, East Bay studying American History, History of California and the American West, Anthropology, California Studies, and Public History with hopes of one day becoming a professional rock and roll historian. Besides being a music history author for CVLT Nation, Robyn is also the copy editor and journal designer of The East Bay Historia, CSUEB's student research journal; editor-in-chief of East Bay Punk Zine, based out of California State University, East Bay; and the editor-in-chief of Bitch Talk, an online feminist magazine.

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