Kory Clarke puts Warrior Soul with Nirvana and Soundgarden as bands that changed things up musically
Warrior Soul frontman Kory Clarke was recently interviewed by Metal Mike for the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast. Warrior Soul‘s first album Last Decade Dead Century was released back in 1990.
In terms of his thoughts on the ’80s glam metal scene, Clarke indicated (as transcribed by the 80’s Glam Metalcast with slight edits): “It’s kinda a guilty pleasure for me to listen to stupid Hollywood crap. It’s fun, it was a time period. It just dragged on a little too long, that’s why I created Warrior Soul. I could see the writing on the wall when “She’s my Cherry Pie” came out. I said that’s enough of this. I still love Ratt and I like Mötley Crüe to certain extent. The stuff was good, it just dragged on a bit. Then came Warrior Soul, Nirvana, Soundgarden – we just changed it up a bit. We went to a more blues, [Black] Sabbath based sort of feel. We got out of that “Hot Rod Kickstart Your Heart” stuff, it was just time to move on.”
With respect to who “killed” the hair metal genre, Clarke opined: “I wish they would have killed themselves all together. When things go on too long, you can feel it. You have another bunch of guys dressing up like chicks, talking about stupid crap. Emotional songs about their girlfriends. You can only take that so long. As we got into the 90’s, it was time to look at what was going on in the country as far as the people who aren’t beautiful, kind of kicked down. Instead of making them worship you, bring them up and make them feel cool. That’s the way I approached the first album. It was time for change, and a lot of us in the music industry at that time brought the change on pretty strongly.”
You can listen to the interview with Kory Clarke on the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast below: