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The Formative Years: Metal 1985-1987

The Formative Years: Metal 1985-1987

Playing tracks by

Helloween, Loudness, Hawk, Kix, Mötley Crüe and more.

Don't call it hair metal... yet. Just before spandex and hairspray ruined metal in the late 80s the bands were still non-conformist, anti-establishment, satanic, epic, and raw. Here's a mix of what metal meant then, when it was only heavy, thrash, or glam. This isn't a best of, it's just the bands, albums, and songs I liked most -- or at least remember most. Part 2 of 2, covering 1985-1987.