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"And who's the one, who claimed my liberty robbed my soul of freedom?
And how long, must I put up with the unholy sound of your gun?
Tell me brother..."
"Who's the One?"
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Winger is an American rock band that combines elements of Glam Metal and Progressive Metal. While chiefly known amongst the general public for being mocked on Beavis and Butt-Head in the form of a "wussy" Butt-Monkey character, the band have had a solid career (aside from an enforced break caused by the initial rise of Grunge) since 1987.

Winger have released six albums.

  • Winger (1988)
  • In the Heart of the Young (1990)
  • Pull (1993)
  • IV (2006)
  • Karma (2009)
  • Better Days Comin (2014)

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Tropes associated with the band:

  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Kip commented during their spat with Metallica that they "couldn't play what we play, they couldn't do it, they literally — technically — couldn't do it. And I'll challenge those chumps to that any day of the week, but we could play their music with our hands tied behind our back. And so, I was a little teed off about that, but in the end, none of that shit matters..."
  • Darker and Edgier: The Pull album was a significant departure sonically and lyrically from their first two albums with socially conscious songs such as "Who's the One" dominating.
  • Deal with the Devil: "Deal With the Devil", with a bit of Heavy Meta thrown in.
  • Genre Roulette: A very unconventional mix of Glam Metal and Progressive Metal, later changed to more traditional Metal mixed with Progressive.
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  • Egocentric Team Naming: Named after the lead singer/bassist and principal songwriter Kip Winger. According to one interview this wasn't meant to be the case; they were originally going to be called Sahara (the word is semi-hidden in the artwork for their first album), but shortly before the album's debut they learned that another band had dibs on the name. Forced to come up with a new name at the last minute, they blurted out "Call us Winger" and that, as they say, was the way it is.
  • Intercourse with You: The first two albums had quite a lot of this.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy / Mr. Fanservice: Kip certainly qualifies as this.
  • Perma-Stubble: Kip, during their heyday, somewhat unusual for a Glam Metal singer.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Kip, a life-long ballet dancer.
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: Kip Winger's never been shy about his classical influences. After the end of Winger, he embraced it and has produced a fair amount of actual classical music.
  • Take That!: On the receiving end from Beavis and Butt-Head in the form of the nerdy character Stewart (who wore a Winger T-Shirt), and Metallica whose drummer Lars Ulrich was briefly shown putting darts on a picture of Winger's frontman, Kip in their "Nothing Else Matters" video.
    • Kip himself is pretty guilty of returning the favor, many times criticizing the musicianship of Metallica, when compared to that of his band.
  • Uncommon Time: Used liberally, even on the band's more pop-oriented tracks.
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Headed For A Heartbreak" from Winger (1989).
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