No Respect, teased so much, earning Vain cover status on rock publications as prestigious as Kerrang! and BAM. As the ’80s turned into the ’90s, with bands such as Mötley Crüe and Poison already shifting tons of units, it looked like the stage was set for Vain. But things didn’t work out that way. Island Records was bought by Polygram in ’91, and Vain got dropped. Then grunge happened. Guns N’ Roses’ Steven Adler joined and left. The band split and reformed, and since the mid-’90s have just been fighting to stay alive. The tragedy is that albums like 1995’s Fade and 2005’s On the Line are superb, and Vain remain one of the better bands of their type. Proof? Hit the Whisky.
Since Bay Area sleaze rockers Vain emerged in ’86, they’ve been consistently underrated and underappreciated. Their ’89 debut album,