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Motley Crue
« on: November 18, 2015, 07:25:04 PM »
Motley Crue are one of those bands that provided the soundtrack of my teens. No doubt they have been rather lackluster in recent years live and haven't been much of a recording band in some time. There's no denying that dial back the clock and these guys could rock and bring it and had a great live show. Dial it back in fact to 1981 when the band self produced their debut album "Too Fast For Love" from the get go these guys were destined to be big and it didn't take long with the bad boy image, leather, and glam look and party attitude they had a great 10 year run with "Too Fast For Love", "Shout at the Devil", "Theatre of Pain", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Dr. Feelgood" before burning out in the early 90's (when a lot of bands did) see Grunge lol. But those five albums are worthy of anyone's record collection.

After Vince Neil's departure in 1992, the band hired John Corabi (Angora & The Scream) and tried to mount a comeback with the self titled Motley Crue album released in 1994. This album (thanks again to the grunge movement) sold poorly, But I've long said this album kicks major ass and never got it's rightful due. Pick this one up, It is every bit up there among the bands best offerings. Needless to say that lineup was short lived.

Neil would return in 1997 and "Generation Swine" followed. this album has it's moments and there are a few good tracks on it but again the band during this time couldn't really gain any traction with sales and promotion, much like most of the other "hair bands" during this time period. So that record pretty much was considered a commercial failure. I personally like Afraid, the Shout at the devil remake, and there's a few other decent songs, the remaster contains some more bonus songs and a couple aren't bad. It's a very uneven record. In 1999 Tommy Lee would leave and be replaced by Randy Castillo (Ozzy's band) and they would try once more with the album "New Tattoo" (I don't believe I've ever even heard this record, to be honest) with Hole's drummer Samantha Maloney filling in on drums for the tour (Which I did see, wasn't bad) as Castillo bowed out due to health reasons. After a brief tour and not much success the band sat idle for a while until the original lineup reunited in 2004 and then released the double greatest hits package "Red, white and Crue" in 2005. with newly recorded songs "If I Die Tomorrow" and "Sick Love Song" Those two songs are worth buying that record outright, "If I Die Tomorrow" is among my favorite Crue songs ever made, and that tour was awesome. The Crue would continue to tour but shied away from recording any new music (my guess, they were soured by the reception and lackluster sales of the self titled and Generation Swine records) but they tried one more time in 2008 with "Saints of Los Angeles" and good amount of promotion behind it, I remember watching them on late night tv performing and they pushed that album pretty good and it was somewhat successful, and they continued to tour but about this time or at least by 2010 their live shows (with the exception of Tommy's crazy drum set roller coasters and the pyrotechnics) were starting to stagnate quite a bit and many fans disapproved of Vince's declining vocals and crowd singing most of the songs (Ozzy has done this too lol, for YEARS) so fittingly to go out on a high note the band is currently on their farewell tour with Alice Cooper set to conclude at the end of this year. Once we're definitely a great band that deserves their credit. Many memories to those first five records.

I'll skip right to my absolute favorites and omit a few big hits:

If I Die Tomorrow (this is one bad ass song)      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqaUnHcr-5U

Dr Feelgood:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPbLXIdxDk

Sticky Sweet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAe9rOwfg7w

Too young To Fall In love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SNESASrKyQ

Danger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugu2ClSV5ew

Wild Side: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LDuQbfHjeg

Without You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2n3aipuRus
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Re: Motley Crue
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2015, 02:28:06 AM »
The two Crue albums that I gravitate to are Shout at the Devil and the s/t.  You are right when you say the s/t kicks ass!!  Just an awesome album and would have been interested to hear what else that lineup would have come up with.

Never could get into Generation Swine, New Tattoo or Saints of LA.

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2015, 07:30:24 PM »
would have loved to hear a second album from that S/T lineup.

I passed on New Tattoo, But I bought Generation Swine and Saints of LA and there both sit collecting dust. Very mediocre records, a few decent songs but nothin to hold my attention too long. I give them credit and the benefit of the doubt for at least trying to put out new music, they sure as hell aren't the first band where the well just pretty much ran dry and won't be the last. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2015, 03:52:56 AM »
The two Crue albums that I gravitate to are Shout at the Devil and the s/t.  You are right when you say the s/t kicks ass!!  Just an awesome album and would have been interested to hear what else that lineup would have come up with.

Never could get into Generation Swine, New Tattoo or Saints of LA.

Did you send away for the EP back when?  Not a follow-up to ST but a cool collection of leftovers (have the Japan bonus track edition well worth the price).

While some fun and appreciated MC for what they were, was never a big fan of them so was very taken by the Self Titled with Corabi and agree it remains one of those underappreciated records from the dreary 90's. Such a shame they let the dollars do the talking and reunited with Neil, a true followup with Corabi could have been quite something.

Mangnificent that MC record, still gets a 9 from this fan 8)

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2015, 01:40:35 PM »
I saw them on Easter Sunday, 1983 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Ca, opening for KISS during the Creatures of the Night Tour.

I had already acquired a copy of their first record Too Fast For Love and dug it quite a bit.

This tour found them supporting Shout at the Devil, just prior to its release by several months.

To me, this era is the golden era, and its these releases and Dr. Feelgood that stand apart the most.

I couldn't stand Theater of Pain, as they went full on into the spandex from the leather & looked like chicks.

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2015, 10:14:54 PM »
They went full blown Poison on the Theatre album cover and photo shoots during that time, but I still very much liked Theatre of Pain. Home Sweet Home is a great ballad, Louder Than Hell is still one of my favorites, Smokin In The Boys Room was a great take on the old Brownsville Station song and actually suited that period pretty well I thought. A few other tunes were alright. I'd agree it was weaker than Too Fast, Shout, Dr. Feelgood and probably even Girls but not a bad album at all.


I know Vince's voice isn't quite the same as it once was, but at least they are bowing out before it got to Don Dokken proportions. This sounds and looks VERY COOL having missed the farewell tour I can't wait to check this out.

     http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/motley-crue-to-release-full-length-live-concert-film-of-final-performance/
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2016, 06:32:24 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2016, 10:03:47 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2016, 08:10:31 PM »
This will be worth keeping an eye on

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/motley-crues-mick-mars-back-in-the-studio-with-ex-crue-singer-john-corabi/

Didn't know about this. Would be cool to have Corabi on a few tracks as am in agreeance with Mick and Sixx in that the Self Titled was their creative peak and my personal favorite.

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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2016, 04:09:34 PM »
Great under rated album, if they had time to really come together a second offering may have been even better. A little far down the road now but I would love to hear what they could come up with Mars and Corabi working together. I think Mars is capable of a really good solo disc

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« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2016, 05:33:53 PM »
I guess I'll have to get this too. Cause I missed the farewell tour. They were certainly one of my most favorite bands there for a while back in 80's.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/motley-crue-the-end-limited-edition-box-set-due-in-november/
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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2016, 09:51:13 PM »
CRR review of The End: Live in Los Angeles release.

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_review.php?id=1650
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2017, 02:40:45 AM »
Sounds like we may finally get that long awaited Mick Mars solo record next year some time and probably will have John Corabi on some songs, Look forward to hearing it.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/motley-crues-mick-mars-is-continuing-work-on-solo-album/

I also want to check out the farewell tour live dvd
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