When it comes to the 80's metal scene, it was a scene where it was all about looking good and appealing to the ladies while at the same time pushing your musical skills to become better at your instrument with every record you made. One band that fit that description perfectly is Winger. Kip Winger is recognized as one of most attractive men in the 80's. He even appeared on the cover of Play Girl Magazine. At the same time, they were very great at their instruments and demonstrated that on every album they made. Starting with one of their first singles, Seventeen.
One thing I love about this band how great they are musically. Kip Winger is a good singer and carries this song very well. I don't think he is a legendary singer, but he does a good job and really adds to the great sound the song has. Another great thing that this band has going for it is it's lead guitarist, Reb Beach. This guy is a very good guitarist and this song showcases that very well. His guitar solo is very impressive, technical and tricky. While he had his fair share of guitar recognition in the 80's, he has sort of fallen of the map today and it is sad because the guy really is an amazing guitar player and deserves to be recognized for it.
Lyrically, this song doesn't stand out too much. It is basically a song about wanting to get a girl, but she is too young because she is only seventeen. Wanting a girl was a very common theme back in the 80's metal scene and these guys were no exception to that. However, the lyrics are well written and well constructed. They flow well and never sound off and they do deserve credit for that. However, message wise, it isn't any different from the rest of the 80's metal bands.
While they lyrics are nothing special in this song, the music is fantastic. the guitar riffs are great, Kip Winger sounds good, and the music flows well. It is easy to see why these guys were so big in the 80's. Yes they did look appealing to the girls, but they also had a lot of great musical talent. The song is written well and the the guitar work of Reb Beach is amazing. I give this song a 4 out of 5.