“Excess All Areas”

By Professor Jocko

One thing you have to understand first and foremost is that I was a huge contributor to the furtherance of glam-metal during the 1980’s. Although I never wore make-up or spandex, I had blonde hair down to my waist, jewelry from my wrists to my elbows and tight shredded jeans tucked into my snakeskin boots. Many times I was coined as an Axl Rose/Bret Michaels clone, but I guess that’s better than being called Iggy Pop or Rick Ocasek from The Cars. Back in those days, you got more chicks the more you looked like one, and I lived life by that mantra…without the money and the band, regretfully.

Although those days of music and fashion have faded, it’s nice to see a revival of that kind of musical lifestyle being brought back to life in the debut album from Germany’s newest glam band, Hollywood Burnouts, with their appropriately titled LP, “Excess All Areas”. Over the last 20 years or so, many musicians have formed their own style, both in genre and stage presence as well; taking the form of what may look like a janitor, gardener, or maintenance man at a local factory. Upon first glance, make no mistake that this group has no issues with their identity, which also reflects into their music. Although their musical style is derived from what some may consider poser- music or bubble-gum rock, you cannot deny the fact that this type of rock was dominant for a better part of ten years; I was there when it all happened and can testify to that.

Hollywood Burnouts could possibly border sleaze rock and glam-metal. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference?” The biggest difference is that glam was more mainstream, as seen in bands such as Poison, L.A. Guns, Skid Row, Motley Crue and Cinderella. Sleaze rock is more underground, and perhaps a little less known with bands such as Salty Dog, Bang Tango, Junkyard, Spread Eagle and Faster Pussycat, perhaps. The vocal styles also differ, mainly where with glam, the vocals are spoken more clearly and easily pronounced, where sleaze is raspier with more of a whine to it.

Of the many traits that categorize this type of music, these guys nail it to the T with both content of the songs and the music that supports it. Having a good time, partying hard and getting chicks into the sack is almost the entire premise of the care-free life of a glam-rocker. With songs like "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie", "Tonight" and "Wild at Hear"t, it is almost inevitable that this is what they stand for. In a world where just about all other music seems to focus on the negative aspects of life, it’s somewhat refreshing to hear something that focuses on some of the fun things in life. Death metal has its roots in war-related themes, country is all about heartache, hip-hop has very little musical merit, and rap is completely worthless as far as musicianship is concerned.