"DANCIN’ DOWN ON THE SUNSET STRIP"
A collection of 180 flyers, business cards, and handbills promoting Southern California glam and heavy metal bands from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s, featuring acts such as Funhouse, Nuclear Valdez, L.A. Guns, New Haven, The Cherry Bombz, Hanoi Rocks, The Lords of the New Church, and Warbride. The flyers are all printed sheets in sizes ranging between 3" x 3 1/2" and 16 1/2" x 11" in various colors with several incorporating rubberstamped elements. The material is mostly near fine, some with small chips and tears from being mounted on bulletin boards and posts. The flyers are printed with pictures of the glam and heavy metal bands in various poses wearing tight pants and open shirts, with the signature big hair and makeup favored at the time. Small drawings of flowers, hearts, caricatures, and typographical band names festoon the edges of the colorful flyers. One flyer features the L.A. Guns posing for the camera with "Fiendish is the word for it!" written off to the side. The L.A. Guns were one of Southern California’s most famous glam metal bands during the 1980s-1990s. Quotes such as "HOT HOT HOT", "Good looks, a great grind, and a very definitive crunch", and "New! Young! & Erotic!" are printed on several flyers along with the typical "Must see!" and "Hottest new band". Sexually charged illustrations and poses were the staple for any glam metal band. Many of the flyers and business cards feature provocatively drawn women like the cards for the Cabaret Night Club. A woman with a large top hat, long legs, and uncovered chest leans against a chair with a pistol in right hand. The words "Sophisticated Rock & Roll – and other shit" is printed on the reverse side of the business card. An extensive and vibrant look back on the designs and imagery employed by glam and heavy metal bands during the Sunset Strip’s Decade of Decadence. Item #70602