…aka “not even a fucking minor iv”.
By our usual metrics, can you think of any “hair metal” songs that are harmonically interesting? I loves me some hair metal, but it seems that things go right from the usual minor or mixolydian (mixolydian possibly being more common than major in hair rock?) (Ratt, Skid Row, Bon Jovi), to stuff you would call “non-chordal”, that borders on prog, like Extreme.
Footnote: once I picked up a pick from Pat Badger, the bassist for Extreme, after an Extreme show. That’s what was left after all the real fans crawled all over each other to get Nuno’s picks.
In any case, Google didn’t help much, but did turn up this article at metalguitarist.org, which I found pretty thoughtful. But it’s more about guitar interpretation than about underlying chord structure, and basically gives examples with a lot of I → bVII.
I'm assuming key changes and weird bridges aren't enough to clear this bar. Here are some songs with something:
Home Sweet Home, bVI → bVII → I in the chorus:
[Ab] [Bb] [C] I'm on my waaaaay, I'm on my waaaaay, home sweet home
Once Bitten Twice Shy, I → V → II verse, bVII → bIII prechorus (or maybe 2nd half of verse):
[C] You can't remember when you got your last meal [G] [D] And you don't know just how a woman feels [Bb] You didn't know what rock 'n' roll was [Eb] Until you met my drummer on a grey tour bus
Bad Medicine, a nice II → bVII → V leading into the chorus:
[E] [E] First you need, then you bleed [F#] on your knees (that's what you get for falling in love) [D] [B] and now this boy's addicted cause your kiss is the drug
You would agree, though, that we have to scrounge for even *something* here?
BTW I also thought of both Home Sweet Home and Bad Medicine, proving either that you and I should no longer bother talking to each other, or that the pool of "hair metal songs with *something*" is actually that small.
I can't stand Once Bitten Twice Shy. Both the melody and chords are IMO on the wrong side of the line between "interesting" and "random". I won't even click on the link. Oh, shit, I clicked on the link.