Metal for Friday: Winger “Miles Away” [video].

I seem to be on a glam metal kick! Recently in this series I’ve done Warrant and Saigon Kick, and now I’ve got this little ditty in my head, “Miles Away” from the New York area glam band Winger. This is just such a catchy song it’s hard not to like it. It comes from the band’s 1990 album In The Heart of the Young, released in 1990, which was the band’s second album after their 1988 debut. While it was not technically the band’s last album, their long decline began shortly after it, making this, the most popular song from the album, essentially their high-water mark. The metal and rock scenes in general changed a lot beginning in the early 1990s, and there was no real place for Winger. The band broke up in 1994 but, like many acts of this era, have witnessed a resurgence and sporadic reunions in the present century.

Winger, I think, gets unfairly slagged in the realm of metal. For years the band was a punch line thanks to the Beavis & Butthead cartoon on MTV, where the annoying poseur kid character, Stewart, was always depicted wearing a Winger T-shirt. In fact Kip Winger, founder of the band, once blamed the cartoon for destroying the band’s popularity; the cartoon became big at about the time of Winger’s decline in 1993-94. I don’t think it’s that simple. But without getting into a chicken-and-egg debate about it, you can tell from this song that Winger had a pretty fair amount of talent, and they’re no less deserving of a good revival than any other glam metal band from the period. You have to admit it’s a great song.

Have a great weekend. Shabbat Shalom! \m/

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