Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Buried Treasure - Vince Neil's Exposed


By 1993, the alternative/grunge movement was in full swing and had all but taken over popular music.  Some of the rock bands/artists of the 1980s who were still active in 1993 had altered both their sound and image in their attempts to jump aboard this seemingly unstoppable gravy train.

Vince Neil, however, was NOT one of those artists. *

On April 27, 1993, Vince's debut solo album Exposed was released.  This album was the antithesis of everything that the alternative/grunge movement stood for.  Simply put, it was a 100% full bore '80s rock album in every sense of the word.  More simply put, it was a NON-SUCKY Motley Crue album.

Vince's band on Exposed was definitely a BIG part of the reason why it was such a sheer firecracker.  Guitarist extraordinaire Steve Stevens, no stranger to '80s rock having played with Billy Idol and Michael Jackson among others, co-wrote almost all of the songs on Exposed and he definitely brought his trademark hard edged playing style to the proceedings.  And even though the album was produced by Ron Nevison (a.k.a. the guy largely responsible for neutering KISS's Crazy Nights album), Exposed is a balls out rocker from start to finish.

If you're a Cruehead and you haven't listened to Exposed, do yourself a favor and listen to it.

* Well, not until 1995 anyway.

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