Then: Hair metal may have been dying a quick death by 1992, but nobody bothered to tell Mr. Big. The Los Angeles quartet had the misfortune of jumping into the hair metal scene in 1989, which was like starting a Beanie Babies collection in 2001. The party was just about over before they even got there. Most hair metal bands wait a few years into their career to unleash the big power ballad, but Mr. Big must have known the clock was ticking. They released "To Be With You" in January of 1992 and it went nuclear. After just a few weeks it knocked "I'm Too Sexy" from the top of the charts. (Nirvana never had a single crack the top five.) They managed to squeeze out a couple of minor hits in the next couple of years, but nothing that even remotely compared to the success of "To Be With You."
Now: It's difficult to explain why, but Mr. Big had a huge audience in Japan from day one – even before "To Be With You" hit. They split after a farewell tour in 2002, but seven years later the original lineup reformed for a triumphant tour of Japan. In 2011 they released What If . . . , their first album in a decade. It didn't even chart in America, but it was a Top 10 hit in Japan. Along with Poison and Mötley Crüe, they are one of the few hair metal bands still touring with their original lineup.