A couple of weeks ago a friend suggested I check out a “sleaze rock” band called Crystal Pistol. Sleaze rock? Now honestly, I have heard the term before but I had no idea it had become it’s own genre! A quick google search even shows a damn Wiki entry. BTW, it’s moments like these that make me feel completely unqualified to be doing a blog. None the less.
Sleaze rock or Sleaze glam is a sub-genre of glam metal. It first started to emerge in the mid 1980s, and took off fully in 1987. Bands in the genre primarily take influences from punk, blues and hard rock.
The genre is sometimes called sleaze metal also, and continues on today, especially in Scandinavia, though it still has some popularity in other parts of Europe and the United States.
Sleaze rock bands are noted for having a raw, less produced sound, than many of the bands who are part of the glam metal genre. In some respects it is similar to the aesthetics of the pub rock movement, with emphasis on high energy live shows. The lyrics are often raunchier and more tongue in cheek than many other of their glam metal contemporaries. These bands were seen as the reaction to the supposedly overproduced bands whose image had become soft and poppy.
Okay…first, pub rock? BUT! I know glam metal. I’m a glutton and all of this intrigues me enough to check out Crystal Pistol….why not? Loan me the god damned cd.
If Crystal Pistol are the embodiment of the sleaze rock sound (raw, less produced, guitar driven gnarled vox) then I have been diggin’ sleaze rock for quite sometime. There is a collection of bands I have been offering up to my friends as proof that the glam/hair metal scene is on it’s way back. So, here are some “sleaze metal” bands for your sampling pleasure…..it just might turn out that you too have been listening to this genre on the fringes without realizing you were slumming it:
Crystal Pistol – Teenage Parasite
Crystal Pistol – Rockstar
Crystal Pistol – Live Fast
There you go. A quick sampling of sleaze. If you wanna look further into any of these guys or buy some cds, here are the links to their web sites: Crystal Pistol, Nashville Pussy (I LOVE THESE GUYS), Crank County Daredevils and Artimus Pyledriver
btw: I am open to any band suggestions in this genre you folks my have