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Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard recently went on the record about whether he believed that grunge bands were responsible for the decline in popularity of ‘80s metal, and now one of those ‘80s-associated artists, Stryper front man Michael Sweet, has chimed in with his own thoughts.

In a social media post, the singer and guitarist focused specifically on the glammier side of ‘80s rock, writing: “I don’t believe that grunge killed hair metal. I think that many hair metal bands stopped trying to some degree and because of that, they started releasing mediocre music. Stryper included.”

He continued, “When ‘hair metal’ exploded on the scene in the early ‘80s it was incredibly powerful, fresh and exciting. A movement that changed the times. As the ‘80s came to an end, ‘hair metal’ was for the most part cliché, somewhat redundant and for the most part, recycled. I want to be fair and say not all bands but certainly many. Also, this is my personal opinion.”

Regarding the rise of grunge, Sweet said, “I think fans were looking for something new and exciting again. Enter grunge. If was a movement as well. It wasn’t really as intricate musically speaking but it was raw and passionate and that’s what makes music appealing. No matter what genre. Originality and passion builds the foundation of any great artist/band.”

Sweet even threw some love toward Nirvana, saying, “I’ll never forget when I first heard Nirvana. I actually loved it and immediately went out and bought the record. I played it for the guys and they didn’t seem quite as excited about it as I was but I thought to myself – times are definitely changing, and they did very quickly!”

He concluded, “Personally, the grunge movement helped me to work harder and try harder. I dug a lot deeper within myself from that time forward to be a better writer, performer, musician and producer. So, I say thank you to grunge for turning things around.”