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Monday, January 30, 2006
Bands not in the Hair Nation
I've been listening to Hair Nation (Sirius 23) religiously since joining Sirius before Christmas. For the most part, I love the channel. It allows me to remember music that I loved when I not only had hair, but lots (and lots) of it.

The biggest complaint that I have is that their definition of "Hair Nation" seems a bit loose. Pretty much any band that played hard rock / heavy metal in the 80's is fair game. IMHO, hair metal is a very specific subgenre and should be a bit more exclusive.

Hair metal includes:
- Poison
- Bon Jovi
- Cinderella
- Skid Row
- Def Leppard
- Ratt
- Motley Crue
- Dokken
- Winger
- White Lion
- Britny Fox
- L.A. Guns
- Faster Pussycat
- Guns N Roses
- Bulletboys
- Bang Tango
- Roxx Gang

Hair metal does NOT include:
- Scorpions (not even that annoying ballad where they whistle)
- Tesla
- Ozzy Osbourne (only the "Ultimate Sin" album comes close)
- Dio
- Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar)
- Black Sabbath
- Rainbow
- Saxon
- Stryper

Unfortunately, some of the bands in the NOT list, especially AC/DC, Van Halen and Scorpions, are in heavy rotation on Hair Nation. I guess I'll have to suffer through the "Winds of Change" and "Signs" in order to get "Girlschool" and "Wait."

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