The Top 5 Hidden Gems of the '80s
Nothing too hidden about these guys. Especially not if you've read The Dirt.
01. Winger: Madalaine
After having played bass for Alice Cooper for several years throughout the '80s, Winger frontman Kip Winger started his own band featuring himself on vocals and bass, guitarists Reb Beach and Paul Taylor, and former Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein. They released their self-titled debut album in 1988 to much critical acclaim, however the brunt of the attention went toward singles "Seventeen" and "Headed for a Heartbreak."
The first track off of Winger, "Madalaine" features an amazing tapping section by Reb Beach (1:56 roughly) followed by a fantastic solo. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with Beach's playing, he utilizes an incredibly unique tapping technique where he effectively and very fluidly sounds the next string with his ring finger as he progresses up the neck. Of course, it's much better explained by the man himself as seen here.
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