MTV Headbanger’s Ball Lost Treasures

“THIS IS MY HEART”  McAuley Schenker Group

mcauley_schenker_groupsave_yourselfAs the 80’s came to an end, glam metal was losing its hold on MTV and some great bands got lost in the shuffle in the early 90’s.   The McAuley Schenker Group was a collaboration between one of the greatest metal voices of the era, Irish rocker, Robin McAuley, and the legendary German guitarist, Michael Schenker.   The band was originally Michael’s solo project called MSG after leaving The Scorpions and UFO.   When Robin joined the band they were still able to keep the moniker MSG but chose to go with their last names.   In five years, the band left us with three solid albums, an EP, a obligatory Unplugged album, and one of the greatest lost power ballads of the decade, “Anytime“. Here’s a rare video from MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.


“HANG ON LUCY” Wildside

wildside_headbangers_ball_MTVCookie cutter glam metal video but who doesn’t love an awesome cookie! Hot girls strutting down Hollywood Boulevard, in fact the video’s introduction looks like a female version of Guns N’ Roses “Welcome To The Jungle“. Mix in a little of Skid Row’s 18 and Life prison drama. Lead singer sounds like Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy but looks like White Lion’s Mike Tramp. Despite a lot of talent, Wildside came too late into the metal scene and their style was too similar to other bands to be unique and distinctive. Rumor has it lead singer, Drew Hannah, has since turned to porn since the band’s break up in the mid 90’s.

“IN MY DREAMS”   DOKKEN

Dokken-Breakin' The Chains-FrontVintage MTV, remember when bands like Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Dokken battled it out on the Daily Countdown?  Dokken epitomizes the Hair Band era.  Teaming up a powerful vocalist with big 80’s hair with a guitar hero who probably doesn’t get the credit he truly deserved for being linked to the 80’s image-conscious glam metal scene.  Don Dokken, vocals, and lead guitarist, George Lynch, repeatedly struck gold with multi-platinum albums like Tooth & Nail and Under Lock And Key.  Like most of the bands of the era, success went to their head and they couldn’t keep internal band drama from destroying the group.  Dokken’s famous breakup over a messy argument continued for decades.  When they went their separate ways, Lynch formed Lynch Mob, Don Dokken went solo, and it wasn’t until just recently that they got back together.

One comment

  1. Hi Mike,

    Did you have me in mind when you came up with this list? All great stuff.

    It’s a shame Robin McAuley went missing in action after his stint in MSG He had such a great voice.

    People give the Hair/Glam metal bands some stick but there was some really good musicians involved and some great rock songs.

    Thanks again.

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