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80s Hair in 2008

Okay, I know. Some of these guys are so old that they don't have their own 80s hair any more. The smart ones, like Klaus Meine from Scorpions, have been wearing hats to cover the bald for years. Others, I'm sure, wear some version of Hair Club for Men on stage. And the really smart ones just cut their hair short...

Some realize they're getting older, which is why Kip Winger now sings the chorus of "Seventeen" as "She's only 35." -- Just something a little bit creepy about a 40 year old man singing about a 17 year old girl, I guess.

Anyway, I don't know if you've noticed, but bands from the 80s are back. In fact, some of them never left. But bands like Winger, Stryper, and Europe have all released albums after a ten year plus break; and other groups that peaked in the 80s continue to go on, even though their apparent lack of fan base in the U.S. makes it impossible for them to tour or, in some cases, even get an album released in the U.S. I'm thinking about groups like Scorpions, Iron Maiden, etc.

Some potential good albums coming out this month. None of these groups are my top favorites, but they might be worth checking out:

Whitesnake, Good to Be Bad -- released 4/22

Def Leppard, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge -- released 4/29

Dokken -- Lightening Strikes Twice -- released 5/13


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