Friday, November 16, 2007

All Things White

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by White Leather Pants - don't wear 'em unless you've done a fair amount of speed. Just for you, there is not just one band today but THREE! It's a dedication to the use of "White" amongst 80's Hair Bands.

Whitesnake



Whitesnake is the oldest and most classic of the White bunch. This English band was founded in 1977 by singer David Coverdale who incidentally, is a former member of Deep Purple (a colorful guy wouldn't you say? Maybe his next band will be Magenta Magnetism or Chartreuse Charade). Coverdale was the only one to stay with the band through the eighties. It was a musical chairs sort of band. Whitesnake started out with a bluesy sound but evolved into the guitar-screaming-head-banging-glam rock of the 80's. You might have heard Here I Go Again, Still of the Night, and an earlier hit Slow and Easy.


White Lion



White Lion, another White Hair Band, was founded in New York City by Danish born singer Mike Tramp and guitarist Vito Bratta (also Danish). The year was 1982 and pants were so tight it made voices and guitars an octave higher. White Lion is remembered most for their crooning Power Ballads that served as a mating call for girls in short leather skirts and lacy nothing blouses. Oh yeah and pumps. Gotta have pumps. Take a moment to remember When The Children Cry, Love Don't Come Easy (unless you're a male from Denmark and you wear makeup and you have long hair), Cry For Freedom, and Little Fighter (Rise Again Man!)


Great White


And finally there's Great White (please excuse the tiny picture). This band was founded by singer Jack Russell (Terrier?!) and guitarist Mark Kendell. They released their first album Once Bitten... Twice Shy in 1983. Their sound is typical 80's glam metal (as opposed to just 80's metal) and the vocals of Jack Russell (love saying that name!) are similar to that of the epic wonder Robert Plant. Great White had a decent run through the 80s with hits like Save All Your Love, Once Bitten... Twice Shy, and Rock Me. Sadly, Great White is remembered most for their fatal 2003 pyrotechnics show at a night club in Rhode Island. More information can be found Here.

8 comments:

rabidrunner said...

I was wrong about the Magenta Magnetism and Chartreuse Charade comment. Coverdale went on to form a band with Jimmy Page called Coverdale Page. Funny. Don't you think Coverdale looks hauntingly like Robert Plant? Do you think that the Page guy was jonesing for some Plant so he took the next best thing (in the looks arena anyway)?

rabidrunner said...

Being as no one is commenting, I guess I'll just have to do so myself.

rabidrunner said...

I especially liked the part about "White Lion" and their mating call. Get it? Lion... Mate?

Vera said...

There is the Average White Band-Picking up the Piece's. Other than that, I'm out of ammo on this one! Noboby knows the 80's like the Rabid. You rock-----better than Juilette and the Licks!

Lisa said...

Sad to say . . .I think my hair actually might have looked a little like theirs!

The McMillans said...

Ah yes,...the "sturm und Drang" of the 80's how could we have made it to the 90's without it. I personally gained from White Lion's ballads, dancing with Greg Suaers in the gym of Lakeridge junior high. However no one could supplied us with adequate amounts of perm solutions and aquanet to really pull of the eighties like pro's. Some day, there's a place for our large curls and ratted bangs. HE HE HE

rabidrunner said...

I'm not familiar with the term "Sturm and Drang." Would you care to educate us all on the term?

The McMillans said...

Sturm und Drang, is German for "storm and stress." When I have a second I will elaborate a little.