This week in 1988, Winger released their self-titled debut album. When talking about Winger, it's hard to avoid the band's image that centered on Kip Winger's looks, the scorn directed at them by the show Beavis and Butt-Head, or Metallica's video for Nothing Else Matters (not to mention the hit single "Seventeen," which is about having sex with underage high school girls). But what many people don't realize is that the musicianship on this album is downright awesome. Guitarist Reb Beach is an absolute beast, and he, along with ex-Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein, and keyboardist Paul Taylor bring a distinct progressive metal influence to many of the tunes on the album. Having reached #21 on the Billboard 200 (and eventually being certified platinum in the U.S.), Winger is a surprisingly accomplished debut. So RIP Nation, does the musicianship on this album redeem it, or is it too hard to get past the band's image and lyrical content?