Cinderella PhotoFORMED: 1985, Pennsylvania

When Cinderella released their debut album, Night Songs, in 1986, they were packaged like a second-rate Bon Jovi imitation, which isn't surprising since Jon Bon Jovi was responsible for bringing the band to Mercury Records. Although the record isn't bad, it was standard lite-metal without much distinction, apart from lead guitarist/vocalist Tom Keifer's exaggerated Steven Tyler howl. With their second album, 1988's Long Cold Winter, they began to open up their sound slightly, bringing more blues and Rolling Stones influences to their hard rock. That approach reached its apex with their third album, 1990's Heartbreak Station, which swaggers defiantly, appropriating Stones and Aerosmith licks as if they had thought of the whole thing first.

It didn't sell as much as Long Cold Winter did, which might be the reason why the band kept a low profile until late 1994. Either that or the drastically changed hard rock marketplace of the early '90s is what kept the band from releasing their fourth album until then. When Still Climbing did come out, the band was met with disinterest and resistance at MTV and radio. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide