Let's talk Nineties Power ballads

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  1. Blazer

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    In popular culture, it has been brought up time and time again, that one thing which killed Hair Metal was their overblown power ballads. Productions which made Phil Spector's productions look sparse and music videos which cost several millions of dollars to shoot.

    But to think that with the emergence of Grunge, shoe gaze and Britpop, that Power ballad was over with would be a mistake, because hitting in the feels always works.

    So here's some nineties power Ballads


    Nils Lofgren (and the Boss on backing vocal) Valentine
    Such a beautiful song, a tender ballad.


    Skunk Anansie - Secretly.
    Oh boy, talk about a VOICE. Skin should have been a heavy hitter, sadly seemingly nobody remembers her.


    Blur - Tender
    Real heartbreak will always be a good source of inspiration. When Blur frontman Damon Albarn and his long time girlfriend Justine Firschman of the band Elastica broke up, it was pretty much Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks all over again. Pretty much the entire "13" album is about that break up. But this song adding some light at the end of the tunnel, a "Thank you" for the times when it all was smooth sailing.



    Pearl Jam - Oceans
    Fretless bass, a good dollop of reverb on the drums to make them sound really vast and Eddie Vedder's voice.


    And I'll close off with an oddball in this list.

    Pulp - "Something changed"
    Pulp was one of those "Can't-pin-them-down" bands that emerged, during that time. Were they Indie? Were they Britpop? Were they alt rock? There was no answer except for the fact that they were Pulp. And this swooning song about the uncertanties of life will always be one of my favorites of theirs.
     
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    This is more power ballad than anything @Blazer posted. We’d still have power ballads and spandex if grunge didn’t mess up theirs world. Grunge drop kicked all those 80s bands to the curb.
     
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    1990...but it's truly the last 80's power ballad.
     
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    When Michael Bolton's your cowriter ....
     
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    OP said 90s. That would be CW and Tanya Donelly.

     
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    Pumpkins did power ballads.

    Disarm. But I prefer Silverf***k, though it’s missing the gratuitous music video. Stand Inside Your Love missed the 90s by two months, but surely it was written and recorded in the right decade.



     
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    I would argue that if anything the Britpop era rescued the power ballad from the dregs of 80s hair metal.

     
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    This is my all time favorite power ballad (80s) & the very last 45RPM single I bought. RIP Jimi Jamison
     
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    Haha! That's the one. Thread's done.
     
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    This song depicted in a pie chart:


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    :lol:


    Yeah, the songs in Blazer's original post aren't really what I think of when someone says 'power ballad.'
     
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    Actually, that's not how it happened.

    That huge brightly colored moth which was hair metal was squashed in 1987 and by a band which was related to hair metal but weren't a hair metal band themselves.
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    Combining the swagger of the Rolling stones, the attitude of Punk and the ferocity of a bar fight. Guns N Roses changed the musical attitude from "Let's party" to "Party's over" No brightly colored Spandex of Faux Eddie Van Halen style guitar solos with these guys. Also the songs about how many chicks they shared the bed with and how big their "Equipment" was were happily absent.

    So when they released THIS album...
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    It opened up the flood gates because in their wake we had a couple of struggling bands Finally breaking big and you can check the album charts from 1987 until 1991 to see the shift happening.

    - Metallica "And Justice for all" and "The Black album"
    - REM "Document"
    - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Uplift Mofo Party Plan" and "Mother's milk"
    - SOUNDGARDEN "Badmotorfinger"
    - The Cure "Disintegration"
    - Jane's Addiction "Nothing Shocking" and "Ritual de lo habitual"

    All of those albums were million sellers ushering the change and the end of hair metal. Bought by people who went "Finally something real which I can relate to!"

    But because the press and MTV weren't paying attention, they always made it seem as if Grunge was sudden, it was not, it was a gradual process of four years.
     
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    Um, have you actually LISTENED to "Appetite for Destruction?" I mean, Rocket Queen is ALL about the party and sex and how big they are. Axl even recorded himself having sex with the drummer's girlfiend and had it in the mix. Not to mention "It's So Easy," which has some of the worst lyrics ever.
     
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    Dude next to Rose looks like Stevie Nicks. Now, for that list: at least 2 of those bands REM, Cure were big way before Guns . . . have almost nothing to do with them sonically or culturally.

    Appetite was released July of 87; Document sept of 87: virtually the same time given recording, mixing, pressing, marketing lead times.

    & take a look at the pic: Guns WAS a low-rent Motley Crue, just not quite as good.
     
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