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Winger

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This article is about a musical rock group. The term winger is also the name of a position in a number of sports, see winger (sport).

Winger is a hair metal band formed in 1987 by Kip Winger, formerly of Alice Cooper's band, which Winger members Reb Beach and Paul Taylor have also played in. In addition to three studio albums, they recorded the song "Battle Stations" for the soundtrack of the movie Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey as well as "Down For The Count" for Karate Kid 3.

Winger's debut album, Winger, was released in 1988 on Atlantic Records. The record was a success, going platinum in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada. Radio and MTV hits from the album included "Madalaine", "Seventeen", "Headed For A Heartbreak" and "Hungry".

In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band". Shortly after, Winger released it second album In the Heart of the Young on Atlantic Records, which went platinum in the U.S. and gold in Japan. Hit radio tracks and MTV videos included "Can't Get Enuff", "Miles Away" and "Easy Come Easy Go".

Winger followed the release of its second album with a 13 month world tour, playing over 230 dates with KISS, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme and Slaughter.

After their 1993 album,'Pull', the band broke up in 1994 and Kip embarked on a solo career; in 2001 the band returned to the studio to record "On the Inside" for The Very Best of Winger. In 2002 they united to tour the US and Canada on a bill with Poison.

It is noteworthy that Winger was the subject of ridicule in the animated series Beavis and Butt-head during the mid 1990's. The neighbor-boy Stewart, who was always unsuccessfully trying to be accepted by Beavis and Butt-head, was usually depicted wearing a Winger t-shirt. This has been cited as one of the reasons for the band losing popularity.

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