10 last-gasp hair metal guitar albums that arrived before the grunge armageddon

Michael Kelly Smith
Michael Kelly Smith on stage with Britny Fox at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, March 23, 1990 (Image credit: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Hair metal was a wild party, with seemingly every blond-haired voicebox pairing up with their very own enigmatic six-stringer as they prepared to stake their claim amongst the posturing masses. 

In the ’80s, hair metal had its way, with its Spandex-loving perpetrators riding high throughout the decade. But as the genre entered the ’90s, seemingly overnight, it was no longer chic to clad oneself in ripped fishnets, neon-colored platforms and leopard print denim.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.