Bassist Eric Brittingham saysthat for the past eight years members of band Cinderella have remained true to their fans and themselves. The band released a new album "Still Climbing" late last year.

"In a lot of interviews, people still think were a hair-sprayed 1980s glam band," Brittingham said during a telephone conversation from St. Louis. "We get lumped in with Poison and Danger Danger. It's refreshing to hear someone say we're a band that bases its sound on the blues - rather than the flash."Though the band's first album, "Night Songs," featured the performers with teased hair and such, Brittingham said Cinderella did nothing different than, say, Pantera and Guns 'n' Roses - whose frontman W. Axl Rose glammed it up during the early shows.

"It was the style of the time," said Brittingham. "And in this age and business, it was necessary. But the tunes were not on the bandwagon."

Cinderella - Brittingham, vocalist/guitarist Tom Keifer, guitarist Jeff LaBar and new drummer Ray Brinker - will perform at Upper Country, 3485 S. Main, Sunday, March 26. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Brittingham and fellow songwriter Keifer started Cinderella in Philadelphia in 1981.

"We got a hold of other friends and got the band together," Brittingham remembered. "We still had our other jobs but constantly wrote and began touring the clubs."

At first, getting a gig was nearly an impossibility.

"We started the band at the time when new wave was big," said Brittingham. "I mean we begged and told club owners we'd play for free."

After about six months, the band developed a large following and began playing originals. In 1985, they signed to Mercury Records, released the debut and toured with Bon Jovi.

The second album, "Long Cold Winter," focused more on rock's bluesy side. "Seamstress Blues," "Last Mile" and "Gypsy Road" became staple touring athems while the first real love-song ballad, "Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone)," shot up the charts and defined Keifer as one of the hard-rocking balladeers of the time.

"Heartbreak Station" followed "Long Cold Winter" and once again kept the blues intact. Cinderella then went on a two-year hiatus. Keifer developed a cyst on his vocal cords that required surgery and recovery.

"That's why it took so long to get the new album out," Brittingham said. "But we're not safe, yet."

Last week, Keifer and Brittingham contracted the flu and had to cancel a few shows. Still, adversity is nothing new to the band.

During the recording sessions of "Still Climbing," the band was confident the album would be its best. Cinderella then began plans to make some videos for MTV but were hit with a harsh reality.

"MTV called our marketing director and told him not to bother with a video because it would not get played," Brittingham said. "They said they've stopped playing our style of music. They took "Headbangers' Ball" off the program and even said if Guns 'n' Roses made a video it wouldn't be played. I mean, MTV made Guns 'n' Roses and now they're turning their backs on them. It's funny how greed and power dictate what's to be played and not."

Still, Brittingham said Cinderella will endure.

"I think it's ironic that we were thinking of not making videos when we were planning the album," he laughed. "Aside from exposure, making videos doesn't really add to the band. In fact, it kind of cheapens the act."

And acknowledging the fact that all music trends eventually return to the blues, Brittingham said Cinderella will get the last word.

"When the style shifts again and the new bands - which are actually rehashing the punk from the late 1970s - will grow old and rock will be in demand, we'll make a video, but MTV won't get it."