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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyBoy View Post
    AOR is where Van Halen and Aerosmith were heard the first AND second times. Actually you'd be more likely to hear the first period than the second, like you hear "Back in Black" 200 times but not anything past "For Those About to Rock" too often no matter how many albums AC/DC cranked out.
    But AOR became a genre unto itself, i'm not talking about the original concept.

    I was a kid listening to the radio, when bands like Foreigner, Boston & Styx, were either
    loved or loathed for taking over the airwaves.
    A lot of critics & DJ's, called these bands formulaic & sterile, then tagged them with
    the AOR label.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    What's interesting is that AOR magazine did one huge story on Van Halen: 5150 & beyond.

    Then they did one Aerosmith's Geffen years.

    70's Aerosmith & CVH, did not seem to fit in the AOR category, yet the rebirth periods
    did.
    over the weekend while I was kind of searching about the definition of AOR I came across a site that had AC/DC'S Back in Black on it as well as Aerosmith's Rocks and VH's WACF but they also had albums by a band named ICON that I honestly don't remember at all and they were singing the praises of Micheal Bolton's early harder rock work....

    When I first looked into it and did a search Journey and REO Speedwagon came up on a list but so did a band named The Storm, I listened to a couple of their songs and they were OK.

    It just piqued my interest for some reason mostly because the lists I find are so crazy, it's basically like everything from about 1975-1992 can fall on any AOR list at any time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    over the weekend while I was kind of searching about the definition of AOR I came across a site that had AC/DC'S Back in Black on it as well as Aerosmith's Rocks and VH's WACF but they also had albums by a band named ICON that I honestly don't remember at all and they were singing the praises of Micheal Bolton's early harder rock work....

    When I first looked into it and did a search Journey and REO Speedwagon came up on a list but so did a band named The Storm, I listened to a couple of their songs and they were OK.

    It just piqued my interest for some reason mostly because the lists I find are so crazy, it's basically like everything from about 1975-1992 can fall on any AOR list at any time
    I remember Icon!

    I think the big album was, Night of the crime, but i could be wrong.

    Kansas was the other band featured on the cover of AOR.
    Dust in the wind & Wayward Son, plus Point of Know Return, are huge AOR anthems.

    There was also a killer band called Streets, that featured Steve Walsh from Kansas and
    pre-studio ace, Mike Slamer (who i believe was the stunt guitarist on Warrant & Heaven's Edge
    albums).
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    But AOR became a genre unto itself, i'm not talking about the original concept.

    I was a kid listening to the radio, when bands like Foreigner, Boston & Styx, were either
    loved or loathed for taking over the airwaves.
    A lot of critics & DJ's, called these bands formulaic & sterile, then tagged them with
    the AOR label.
    The 1970's version of hair metal it seems.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    The 1970's version of hair metal it seems.
    Kind of in a way, just with much better songwriting.

    But like Hair Metal, the music snobs turned their noses up to it.
    Bands like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, all thought it was lame.
    Creem made fun of it.

    But like Poison & Motley, these bands had huge armies of fans & played to
    sold out arenas.

    But i do think the original AOR bands were much better musicians, drawing from a
    more diverse set of influences.
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    I thought it meant bands like ASIA....


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    Asia was definitely AOR, but later period like Survivor.

    Speaking of Survivor...
    This fucking riff (and the solo) SLAYS!

    It's almost UFO/Schenker-esque.
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    Some weird geo blocking on that vid for me, but from memory, that whole Survivor album was really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalFB View Post
    Some weird geo blocking on that vid for me, but from memory, that whole Survivor album was really good.
    LOVE those late 70's/early 80's Les Pauls, with the sunburst & zebra pickups.

    Everyone played one, it seemed.
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    I meant to say those bands in the late 70's/early 80's played those same types
    of Les Pauls, though i'm not sure their actual year (the guitars themselves).
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    I think most of the bands in this thread I think of as just rock bands. Never detected any motive in their music - I either like it or I don't.

 

 

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