MOTLEY CRUE – Girls, Girls, Girls

Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls (1987, Elektra Records; 1999 Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “Wild Side” – 4:40
2. “Girls, Girls, Girls” – 4:30
3. “Dancing on Glass” – 4:18
4. “Bad Boy Boogie” – 3:27
5. “Nona” – 1:27
6. “Five Years Dead” – 3:50
7. “All in the Name of…” – 3:39
8. “Sumthin’ for Nuthin'” – 4:41
9. “You’re All I Need” – 4:33
10. “Jailhouse Rock” [Live] – 4:39
11. “Girls, Girls, Girls” [Instrumental Rough Mix]- 5:36
12. “Wild Side” [Instrumental Rough Mix] – 4:06
13. “Rodeo” [Previously Unreleased] – 4:14
14. “Nona” [Instrumental/Demo] – 2:42

Vince Neil – Vocals
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Tommy Lee – Drums

Produced by: Tom Werman

A recent discussion on a heavy metal forum made me want to whip this one out and give it a listen again. Most of the board members were proclaiming this to be one of the worst Motley albums with no redeeming qualities outside of “Wild Side” and “Girls Girls Girls”, but I did (and still do) disagree with that.

Sure, the production here is slick & polished, but this is a great sleaze/boogie rock album. And besides, what’s wrong with slick & polished? Tom Werman is one of the great 80s rock producers. Obviously, “Wild Side” and “Girls Girls Girls” are the standouts here, but there’s even more killer material besides the singles: “Dancing on Glass”, “Bad Boy Boogie” and “Five Years Dead” all completely rock out in classic Motley fashion.

“You’re All I Need” is pretty humorous. It sounds like an 80s power ballad but the lyrics are fairly sinister and are actually the result of a nasty note Nikki wrote to his girlfriend once he found out she had been cheating on him with General Hospital star Jack Wagner (who, a few years earlier, had a hit song called “All I Need”). The lyrics are very reminiscent of something Alice Cooper would write.

The final track, a live version of Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” is pretty entertaining as well.

I have the 1999 re-issue that Motley put out themselves that came with four extra tracks. Again, the bonus tracks are all material that was recorded during the making of this particular album. I actually dig the unreleased song “Rodeo”. Yeah, it’s cheesy, but I like it. I prefer the instrumental/demo of “Nona” over what made it to the album because it starts to rock a little bit in the middle.

Highlights: “Wild Side”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Dancing on Glass”, “Bad Boy Boogie”, “Five Years Dead”, “All In the Name of…”

Posted on May 7, 2008, in Collection, Motley Crue and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I have to disagree with you here. GIRLS X 3 is an album full of filler outside of the two big singles and, maybe, ‘Dancing On Glass’. The Crue was on auto-pilot and the songwriting reflected that. At the same time, they were also the biggest band in the land so they could have written the worst Crue album ever (this is close!) and it still would have sold. I’ll even go so far as to say that this is worse than THEATRE OF PAIN (1986) and that album follows the same formula.

    Have you read “The Dirt”? There’s an extensive section in there where even Nikki Sixx himself mentions that his songwriting was lackluster on GIRLS X 3.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. Yep, I read The Dirt when it first came out. I don’t remember him saying that. Even the band doesn’t like the album!? Geez… I guess I’m just really, REALLY in the minority on this record. I love it. Oh well! =P

  3. I have more fond memories of the tour for this album, than the album itself, but I still like some of the songs on this disc.

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