If the girl doesn’t get back home by midnight, she’ll go from hot rocker chick back to the bland girl she once was.

There was a time when I disregarded glam metal but now I miss it. I’m a child of the ‘80s and I’m proud of it. When I was a teenager glam bands ruled the airwaves. You couldn’t turn on your radio or television without seeing hairspray and lipstick. We used to call them ‘posers’ but whenever a popular glam band played my town the concert halls were filled with hot chicks, fishnets and panties, it was true bliss.

One of my favorite glam bands has always been Cinderella. Formed in 1982, they seemed to hit the big time overnight. Just four years after their inception the band was signed to Mercury/Polygram Records (on Bon Jovi’s suggestion) released an album and embarked on multiple stadium tours. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing Cinderella live twice during this time period. Once was with Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet Tour – 1987) when their debut Night Songs was unveiled and once with Judas Priest (Ram It Down Tour – 1988) when they released Long Cold Winter.

Whenever I think of classic glam videos “Nobody’s Fool” is always near the top of my list. Part performance, part theatrical, the rock ballad has always appeared to be a continuation of the “Shake Me” music video. A fairy tail come to life, the hot babe’s stepsisters are still trying to meet the group. They follow the band’s limo and end up at a video shoot.

The inclusion of time elements is perfect. The stepsisters wear hats that look like clocks and we all know the tale. If the girl doesn’t get back home by midnight, she’ll go from hot rocker chick back to the bland girl she once was.

Making it home just in time, she turns from ‘hot to not’ but realizes if you really love someone, how you dress or look doesn’t matter. She heads back to the video shoot were Tom Keifer is able to pick her out of the crowd.

Cinderella only released four studio records. The band called it quits, for good, back in 2017. They may not have had a lengthy studio career but that doesn’t change their impact for me. Cinderella broke the mold.

The incorporation of blues into their music really changed the direction of metal, it was controversial at the time but history has shown the direction was a wise choice. Not only did it help Cinderella to stand out but influenced the countless groups that came after.

This Valentine’s Day don’t be a fool, listen to Cinderella and enjoy the glory days of glam metal! \m/

Cinderella (1986):

  • Tom Keifer – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
  • Jeff LaBar – Guitar
  • Eric Brittingham – Bass
  • Fred Coury – Drums
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