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Music: Whitesnake
About three days later my landlord told me that I wasn't allowed to play "Here I Go Again," by Whitesnake at full volume at 3AM every morning. I politely said, "Well, what the hell time of day can I blast Whitesnake?!"

I called Derek back and asked if he liked Whitesnake. He said he didn't, but I assumed he was lying. I mean who the hell doesn't like Whitesnake?
House of Shadows by Mat Stevens

Whitesnake is a hard rock band hailing from England that was formed in 1977.

The current members of the band are:
  • David Coverdale - lead vocals (1976—1982, 1982—1991, 1994, 1997—1998, 2002—present)
  • Doug Aldrich - guitars (2002—present)
  • Reb Beach (who splits his time between this band and Winger) - guitars (2002—present)
  • Michael Devin - bass (2010—present),
  • Brian Ruedy - keyboards (2010—present)
  • Brian Tichy - drums (2010—present)

The band started in North Yorkshire, England. The style was primarily blues rock (or progressive R&B as they liked to call it) for quite a while. They were often compared to Deep Purple— David Coverdale being formerly of that band, and long-running Deep Purple members Jon Lord and Ian Paice being in the first few lineups. After Moody was replaced with a guitarist from Thin Lizzy, the band moved into playing a more commercially driven, slick sort of hard rock while never quite leaving their heavy metal roots behind.

Some of their most famous songs are "Is This Love", "Here I Go Again", and "Still Of The Night".

Also, it's Lois Lane's favorite band. C'mon.


Tropes related to the band:

  • Cool Old Guy: David Coverdale was born in September 1951. Keep that in mind when listening to this material released over the past several years and watching his live performances, many of which are just as aggressive as what he did over twenty years ago.
  • Critic Proof: While a lot of other bands known as playing Arena Rock have gotten mixed to negative reviews yet sold well, Whitesnake has zig-zagged this trope, with their 80s work often regarded by critics as hard rock classics and their 70s and 90s-onwards work being a different story (yet still having a quite a lot of strong defenders). Throughout their history, though, they've sold pretty well and been massive draws live.
  • Dress Rehearsal Video: "Here I Go Again" and "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City".
  • The Drifter: "Here I Go Again"
  • Genre Shift: The group gradually drifted from classic heavy metal heavily influenced by [[Music/Blues blues rock]] to straightforwards commercial hard rock as the decades went on.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the original music video for "Here I Go Again" Tawny Kitaen's left nipple was visible for a split second. The censors did not notice and the video aired on MTV for a while before people spotted it. The original version of the video was quickly pulled from the air and replaced by an edited version that removed the brief nudity.
    • Also, the band name. It refers to the "white snake" of lead singer Coverdale, so to speak.
  • Hair Metal: The band picked up this tag and it stuck, if only by association. David Coverdale never liked it that his band was labeled as such and thus lumped together with others that were declared as putting style over substance, especially given how much effort he and his band members put into their songwriting and technical skill. This issue can be a Berserk Button for fans.
  • Heavy Meta: "Children of the Night"
  • Hood Ornament Hottie: In the videos. Bowling for Soup's "1985" makes a reference to it:
    She was gonna be an actress, she was gonna be a star
    She was gonna shake her ass on the hood of Whitesnake's car
  • I Am the Band: Infamously, Coverdale fired all his band members who played on their best-selling album Whitesnake after the album's sessions finished.
  • Intercourse with You: "Slide It In" is one of the most blatant versions of this trope you'll ever have, with lyrics such as "I'm gonna Slide It In, right to the top! Slide It In, ain't never gonna stop." Also "Still of the Night".
  • Love Hurts: "Fool For Your Loving" gives us "I gave my heart, and you tore it apart, oh, baby, you done me wrong."
    • "Now You're Gone" has particularly dark lyrics, which are matched up against guitar virtuoso Steve Vai's work: "There's an emptiness closing around me- an' I can't go on, when all I have left is the memory".
  • New Sound Album: Saints and Sinners began their move away from blues-rock towards a more hard rock style. The 1987 self-titled album confirmed them as being a Hair Metal-esque band.
  • Rearrange the Song: "Here I Go Again" was first recorded as a blues-rock number in 1982. In 1987, the group re-recorded in an Arena Rock style, and it was this version that hit #1 on the Hot 100. The group re-recorded it a second time in 1987 for radio play; both of the '87 recordings can nowadays be heard on classic rock radio, while the '82 version is essentially forgotten.
    • Similarly, "Fool For Your Loving", a single from 1980, was rerecorded for their 1989 album, "Slip of the Tongue", and given a much heavier spin, owing much to Steve Vai. It too outperformed the original on the charts.
    • They did one more, "Crying In The Rain", from the early years, re-recorded for their 1987 album.
  • Recycled Lyrics: "Fool for your Loving" (1980) appears in the lyrics of the song "Give me all your love" from their 1987 album. Then again, they recycled the whole song.
  • Revolving Door Band: The Other Wiki has a long list of former members. See how far it went under I Am the Band.
    • Steve Vai: Arguably the most famous of the bunch.
    • Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice, in the early years.
  • Spinoff Band: Arguably, of Deep Purple.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: All but the shortest lived Whitesnake fan will have seen a farewell tour appearance or two.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: Tawny Kitaen often on the videos.

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