Well a while ago, I did a thread about eighties hard rock bands who weren't hair metal nor were they Thrash or Speedmetal either and I included Vandenberg and Def Leppard. And people went "Those bands are straight into the hair metal category!" which was all down to their looks rather than their sound. So that got me thinking. If being a Hair metal band comes down to looks alone, would people consider bands who made songs that are straight out of the hair metal lexicon but don't have the look, still hair metal? Because Mutt Lange was the producer who among others gave AC/DC and Def Leppard their world beating sound. It was in the early nineties that Lange was employed by a Canadian rocker who needed a big hit album to cement himself in the new decade. Straight from the get-go, there's the cannon shot drums, the synth riffs and the hoarse vocals which are straight out of the Def Leppard lexicon. If you had guys wearing yellow spandex and poofed up hair in this video it simply would have completed the picture. Same with the power ballad, Bryan Adams' voice fits the Hair metal sound so well. "Waking up the neighbors" indeed became the big hit album Adams needed to have firm foothold in the nineties and he achieved it by having a hair metal sound in the time when the hair metal genre itself went extinct. So if Def Leppard was hair metal, would you guys judge Bryan Adams who aped their sound to a T, consider him to be hair metal as well?