Enuff Z'nuff PhotoFORMED: 1984

Because of their big hair and lipstick, Enuff Z'Nuff is frequently tagged as another run-of-the-mill pop metal band. Although there is some truth to that -- their guitars are as layered as Def Leppard's -- their hearts lie with the trashy pop of Cheap Trick and the classic power-pop of Badfinger. Since very few bands have explored the connection between metal and power-pop, Enuff Z'Nuff has received barely any airplay and sales, but loads of critical acclaim.

And they have earned that praise -- this is hard rock that is smarter than it seems, powered by an overwhelming sense of melody on releases like 1992's Animals with Human Intelligence, 1995's Tweaked and 1997's Seven. They returned in 1999 with Paraphernalia (which was released by Spitfire records along with most of the band's late-'90s output) and stayed on through 2000's 10. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide