How many of you ladies had a crush on Kip
Winger? Although they hit the scene late, Winger left their
mark on heavy metal and happens to be one of our favorite metal bands at
ilovethe80s.com. Forget about Beavis and Butthead poking fun at
Winger in contrast to Metallica or AC/DC on their show back in the
1990's, Winger was a very talented band.
Winger was a New York City band whose founding members
were veteran rockers Kip Winger (Kix, Alice Cooper) and Reb Beach.
The two started their collaboration in the mid 1980's, and the band
Winger officially started in 1987. Their first
hit the scène in 1988. This album went platinum, charting at 20 on the
Billboard Top 200. which features the great songs
"Seventeen", "Madalaine", "Headed for a Heartbreak", "Hungry",
and the "Purple Haze".
In the Heart of the Young,
was also a very successful album, and many of you will remember the
songs "Can't Get Enuff", "Miles Away", and "Easy Come Easy Go".
The band toured extensively with other heavy hitters such as Slaughter,
Kiss, Scorpions, ZZ Top, and Extreme. Winger released
Pull in 1993, and although it was not as successful, it was
still a good album. Our understanding is that Kip Winger purposely
named the album "pull" as an analogy to the shotgun fodder he expected
from critics. By 1994, the band broke up and went on to solo
projects. Kip could be found recording on his own, and Reb Beach
could be found pounding the stage with bands like Dokken, Whitesnake,
and Alice Cooper.
By 2001, the band was back in the studio with all
original members, and new material was recorded for a greatest hits
release. As the years have rolled on, Winger could be found both
in the studio and on tour. At the time of this writing, the Winger
Discography was as follows:1988: Winger
1990: In the Heart of the Young
2001: The Very Best of Winger