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Retiring my Motley Crue t-shirt

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Well, it’s had a good 10 year run, but it’s time that I retire my Motley Crue shirt that I picked up on the band’s Carnival of Sin tour back in 2005. Over the years, the shirt became one of my favorite shirts to sleep in but it’s become too ripped and ratty to continue on. It’s become pretty faded as well but that doesn’t bother me as much as the large holes in the armpits!

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Motley Crue – All Bad Things [Single Review]

motleyMotley Crue – All Bad Things [single]
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1. All Bad Things

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

While I’ve never truly believed Motley Crue’s “final” tour is really the final tour (comments from band members have now stated they’ll still occasionally record or do live performances), I was hoping a new tour might bring about some new music. It’s been too long since the band released a follow-up album to Saints of Los Angeles. I think the idea for any future new Motley music is so to either attach the songs to soundtracks, EPs or release them as singles, but it’s been announced that some type of Motley Crue release is in the works that will include the band’s latest single and the one new track they are playing on their farewell tour, “All Bad Things”.

Whatever the project is, it’s being called “the ultimate collector’s album package” (by Motley’s press release). I’m guessing either another greatest hits collection or another box set. I’d rather get a whole new album.

To the music at hand, when snippets of this song first appeared online in the form of a teaser for the tour, I liked what I heard. Live recordings popping up on YouTube weren’t that great so I’ve been impatiently waiting for MONTHS for a proper release of this song.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the new music Motley Crue has made since 2005. It’s the perfect marriage of the Motley Crue sound and modern hard rock. I loved the few new tracks they did for Red, White & CrueSaints of Los Angeles was good and I liked the band’s previous single, “Sex”. If you’re a fan of their newer stuff, you’ll like “All Bad Things”. It sounds like something that could’ve been on SOLA and it’s a step up from “Sex”. I would love to see both of those songs get a proper physical release so I’m hoping whatever album is in the pipeline, both of these songs will appear on it.

It’s Crue, it’s good, check it out.

Motley Crue – Red, White & Crue

Motley Crue – Red, White & Crue (2005, Hip-O Records/Motley Records)

Disc 1
1. “Live Wire” … 3:15
2. “Piece of Your Action” … 4:40
3. “Toast of the Town” … 3:14
4. “Too Fast for Love” … 3:21
5. “Black Widow” [Previously Unreleased] … 4:26
6. “Looks That Kill” … 4:07
7. “Too Young to Fall in Love” [Remix] … 3:38
8. “Helter Skelter” … 3:12
9. “Shout at the Devil” … 3:14
10. “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” … 3:27
11. “Use It or Lose It” … 2:39
12. “Girls, Girls, Girls” … 4:30
13. “Wild Side” … 4:40
14. “You’re All I Need” … 4:43
15. “All in the Name of…” … 3:39
16. “Kickstart My Heart” … 4:48
17. “Without You” … 4:29
18. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” … 4:40
19. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” … 4:12
20. “Dr. Feelgood” … 4:50

Disc 2
1. “Anarchy in the U.K.” … 3:20
2. “Primal Scream” … 4:47
3. “Home Sweet Home” [’91 Remix] … 4:01
4. “Hooligan’s Holiday” [Brown Nose Edit] … 5:20
5. “Misunderstood” [Successful Format Version] … 4:58
6. “Planet Boom” … 3:23
7. “Bittersuite” … 3:19
8. “Afraid” [Alternative Rave Mix] … 4:08
9. “Beauty” … 3:46
10. “Generation Swine” … 4:40
11. “Bitter Pill” … 4:26
12. “Enslaved” … 4:30
13. “Hell On High Heels” … 4:16
14. “New Tattoo” [Single Version] … 4:02
15. “If I Die Tomorrow” … 3:46
16. “Sick Love Song” … 4:18
17. “Street Fighting Man” … 3:31

Bought this album for three reasons: “If I Die Tomorrow”, “Sick Love Song” and “Street Fighting Man”. Before anyone thinks I’m stupid for spending $15-20 for 3 songs, I actually picked up a used copy off Amazon.com for about $2.25.

Red, White & Crue is the band’s fourth compilation and came hot on the heels of the reunion of all four original members. This time it was Tommy Lee returning after having had some minor success with his rap-metal group Methods of Mayhem and two solo albums. The late Randy Castillo (ex-Ozzy) was Tommy’s replacement in the band and later when Randy became ill, Hole drummer Samantha Maloney would join the group in a touring capacity.

For my money (as little as I paid!), this album stands as the superior Crue compilation. Of the 5 compilations the band has released, this is the only collection to feature two discs (although a single disc version was released) and therefore it’s able to cover a lot more ground. It certainly makes 1998’s Greatest Hits album obsolete as it includes the two new tracks that came from that album. Quality begins to take a dip with Disc 2 as the collection is set up in chronological order and we’re taken through the Corabi albumGeneration Swine and New Tattoo songs.

The album ends on a high note with three new tracks. “If I Die Tomorrow” and “Sick Love Song” are classic Crue songs in my opinion and were foreshadowing what would come later on Saints of Los Angeles. Great mix of modern hard rock and the classic Crue sound and two of my favorite Crue songs ever and in my area they both got some decent airplay. The final new track is “Street Fighting Man”, a cover of the Rolling Stones song (and Josh Freese actually plays drums on this song). A good effort though I’m not a big Stones fan. A fourth new track called “I’m a Liar (And That’s the Truth)” made it onto Japan pressings of this album. I checked the song out on YouTube and while it would’ve been nice to see it included, it’s the least pleasing of the newly recorded songs. Kinda generic.

For old school fans, there is the previously unreleased “Black Widow” (You mean there are MORE songs that didn’t make it as bonus tracks to those reissues ) which was demoed in 1983 for Shout at the Devil but morphed into “God Bless the Children of the Beast”.

Listen, anytime a band releases a “best of” or “greatest hits” compilation, the debate can rage on endlessly about which songs didn’t deserve to be on the album and which songs did. Sure, we can all sit back and pick this album apart and list what we’d take out and put in but I think this is a great career overview, warts and all. They didn’t focus only on songs from the original four members, they didn’t try to pretend Corabi didn’t exist or that they didn’t go that weird alternative/techno route with Generation Swine and I think that’s cool. For better or worse, this album shows you all eras of Motley Crue… which is what a compilation should do, in my opinion, unless you’re calling it a greatest hits album.

This is the compilation I would recommend to anyone looking to get into the band. More than likely, the most amount of enjoyment is going to be found on Disc 1 as every song there is classic old school Crue but Disc 2 still has a few gems to offer.

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MOTLEY CRUE – Live: Entertainment or Death

Motley Crue – Live: Entertainment or Death (1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:

DISC 1
1. “Looks That Kill” … 6:06
2. “Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid” … 3:35
3. “Too Young to Fall in Love” … 3:57
4. “Live Wire” … 4:19
5. “Public Enemy #1” … 4:53
6. “Shout at the Devil” … 4:19
7. “Merry-Go-Round” … 3:22
8. “Ten Seconds to Love” … 4:46
9. “Piece of Your Action” … 4:06
10. “Starry Eyes” … 4:37
11. “Helter Skelter” … 4:17

DISC 2
1. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” … 5:18
2. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” … 4:14
3. “Wild Side” … 5:52
4. “Girls, Girls, Girls” … 4:50
5. “Dr. Feelgood” … 5:13
6. “Without You” … 3:05
7. “Primal Scream” … 5:42
8. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” … 4:33
9. “Home Sweet Home” … 4:06
10. “Kickstart My Heart” … 5:39

Band:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Tommy Lee – Drums, Piano

Produced by: Motley Crue

This isn’t one concert, it’s a cut & paste job of performances taken from the 80s and late 90s. Having actually seen Motley played live TWICE now, I can say this album does them no justice at all. I used to enjoy it when it was first released, but it just can’t compare to their live show.

There’s no doubt that all live albums get a little “touch up” in the studio, but I think Vince’s voice in concert today sounds better than some of his parts on here. Good song selection though, there’s a strong presence of early material and “Ten Seconds to Love” is a great live cut.

Highlights: “Looks That Kill”, “Ten Seconds to Love”, “Shout at the Devil”, “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”, “Without You”, “Home Sweet Home”

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MOTLEY CRUE – Greatest Hits

Motley Crue – Greatest Hits (1998, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “Bitter Pill” … 4:26
2. “Enslaved” … 4:32
3. “Girls, Girls, Girls” … 4:30
4. “Kickstart My Heart” … 4:43
5. “Wild Side” … 4:40
6. “Glitter” [Remix] … 4:30
7. “Dr. Feelgood” … 4:50
8. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” … 4:12
9. “Home Sweet Home” … 3:55
10. “Afraid” … 4:08
11. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” … 4:40
12. “Without You” … 4:29
13. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” … 3:22
14. “Primal Scream” … 4:44
15. “Too Fast for Love” … 3:22
16. “Looks That Kill” … 4:07
17. “Shout at the Devil” … 3:42

This is Motley’s 2nd compilation, coming 7 years after Decade of Decadence. And do you want to know what got me to buy this album? The World Wrestling Federation! That’s right! Motley did a live performance on WWF TV (on either Monday Night Raw or Sunday Night Heat) and WWF was pushing this album hard for them. WWF also debuted supposed Motley Crue “bodyguard” Test at the same time and tied it into this.

I seem to remember this era for Motley being hyped as a return to form for them (despite the fact that they were only promoting their past). We had the original members, but Generation Swine bombed with it’s experimental modern sound, so they put out a greatest hits and recorded two new songs to prove to the world they could still rock ‘n’ roll!

The two news songs, “Enslaved” and “Bitter Pill”, are pretty good, IMO, and wouldn’t sound out of place on Dr. Feelgood. They won’t go down as all-time Motley classics, but I still liked’em alot back in the day and I still do. The remix of “Glitter” is my preferred take over the original version from Generation Swine. All in all, a solid greatest hits (though it ignores the 1994 album), but I’m a stickler for greatest hits compilations going in chronological order and this one is all over the place. I always thought the cover was pretty cool though.

If you want a grew overview of Motley though, go with Red, White & Crue. I plan on upgrading to that one at some point because it covers more songs, features the two new songs found here, AND includes 3 other new songs.

Highlights: Um… It’s a greatest hits compilation.

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MOTLEY CRUE – New Tattoo

Motley Crue – New Tattoo (2000, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “Hell on High Heels” … 4:15
2. “Treat Me Like the Dog I Am” … 3:40
3. “New Tattoo” … 4:18
4. “Dragstrip Superstar” … 4:22
5. “1st Band on the Moon” … 4:25
6. “She Needs Rock & Roll” … 3:59
7. “Punched in the Teeth by Love” … 3:32
8. “Hollywood Ending” … 3:43
9. “Fake” … 3:44
10. “Porno Star” … 3:45
11. “White Punks on Dope” … 3:39

Band:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Randy Castillo – Drums

Produced by: Mike Clink

Wow, has it been 8 years already since this was released? I still remember going to Wal-Mart the very day it was released and picking it up. As excited I was that Motley was making new music, this album just didn’t do anything for me.

“Hell on High Heels” was released online quite sometime before the album’s release and I remember thinking, “that’s it?” To this day, I find the whole album lackluster. It’s not bad, but there’s nothing memorable here that you’ll away from singing or humming. For the most part, New Tattoo is very average hard rock and just doesn’t sound like Motley at all, IMO. The only song that comes close to “classic Motley” is “Punched in the Teeth by Love”.

At least they were on the right track though and would finally score a home run with their next studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, 8 years later. But this? This is Motley’s worst album, I think (yes, even behind Generation Swine that at least had a few really good songs). Kinda surprising that such a bland album was turned in with Mike Clink producing. You’d think putting GNR’s longtime producer with Motley Crue would deliver an instant classic!

This is, of course, the Tommy-less album (because he was too busy trying to be a rap-rock star) so the late Randy Castillo filled in.

Highlights: “Punched in the Teeth by Love”, “Hollywood Ending”

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MOTLEY CRUE – Theatre of Pain

Motley Crue – Theatre of Pain (1985, Elektra Records; 1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “City Boy Blues” … 4:05
2. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” … 3:22
3. “Louder Than Hell” … 2:31
4. “Keep Your Eye on the Money” … 4:31
5. “Home Sweet Home” … 3:55
6. “Tonight (We Need a Lover)” … 3:35
7. “Use It or Lose It” … 2:38
8. “Save Our Souls” … 4:10
9. “Raise Your Hands to Rock” … 2:49
10. “Fight for Your Rights” … 3:40
BONUS TRACKS:
11. “Home Sweet Home” [Demo] … 4:23
12. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” [Alternate Version] … 3:34
13. “City Boy Blues” [Demo] … 4:28
14. “Home Sweet Home” [Instrumental] … 2:57
15. “Keep Your Eye on the Money” [Demo] … 3:48

Band:
Vince Neil – Vocals, Harmonica
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Tommy Lee – Drums, Piano

Produced by: Tom Werman

I had forgotten how good this album was. It’s not as raw and heavy as Too Fast For Love (in fact it’s downright glammy at times) or filled with nonstop classics like Shout at the Devil, but this is still some of Motley’s best work. Again, I have the 1999 reissue and I believe in the liner notes for that version Nikki states that it’s not their best work because the band was too wrapped up in their own lives and drugs.

Oh well, I like it anyway.

The instrumental and demo versions of “Home Sweet Home” are pretty cool listens.

Highlights: “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”, “Louder Than Hell”, “Keep Your Eye on the Money”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Tonight (We Need A Lover)”, “Use It or Lose It”, “Save Our Souls”

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MOTLEY CRUE – Generation Swine

Motley Crue – Generation Swine (1997, Elektra Records; 1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “Find Myself” … 2:51
2. “Afraid” … 4:07
3. “Flush” … 5:02
4. “Generation Swine” … 4:39
5. “Confessions” … 4:20
6. “Beauty” … 3:47
7. “Glitter” … 5:00
8. “Anybody Out There” … 1:50
9. “Let Us Prey” … 4:22
10. “Rocketship” … 2:04
11. “A Rat Like Me” … 4:13
12. “Shout at the Devil ’97” … 3:42
13. “Brandon” … 3:25
BONUS TRACKS:
14. “Afraid” [Swine Mix/Jimbo Mix] … 3:57
15. “Wreck Me” [Previously Unreleased] … 4:19
16. “Kiss the Sky” [Previously Unreleased] … 4:46
17. “Rocketship” [Early Demo] … 1:35

Band:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass, Vocals (“Rocketship”), Co-Vocals (“Find Myself” and “Beauty”)
Tommy Lee – Drums, Piano

Produced by: Scott Humphrey

So Corabi is out, Vince is in again. And once again, Motley delivers something different. Different can be good (like Corabi’s one-time outing with the band), but in this case, not so much. It’s just a weird mix of alternative metal, industrial metal and trippy pop that isn’t suited for Vince’s voice. But I guess in the alternative rock-infested 1997, Dr. Feelgood II would’ve failed as well, so it was pretty much lose-lose for Crue at this point.

Sometimes, the songs work though. “Beauty” and “Glitter” (though I prefer the remix version found on Greatest Hits) are weird, beautiful songs and “Find Myself” is, lyrically, pretty close to the roots of Crue. “Shout at the Devil ’97” is kind of a pointless re-recording, but there’s nothing wrong with it, so I give it a pass. “Brandon” is hands down the worst Motley Crue song ever. Sorry, Tommy, I know you meant well.

I picked this ’99 reissue up pretty cheap, brand new for around $6.99 at FYE, and this was shortly after the reissues were released! So that tells you how badly the album sold. Definitely not an album I ever have the urge to listen to. 

Highlights: “Find Myself”, “Afraid”, “Beauty”, “Glitter”, “A Rat Like Me”, “Shout at the Devil ’97”

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MOTLEY CRUE – Motley Crue

Motley Crue – Motley Crue (1994, Elektra Records; 1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “Power to the Music” … 5:12
2. “Uncle Jack” … 5:28
3. “Hooligan’s Holiday” … 5:51
4. “Misunderstood” … 6:53
5. “Love Shine” … 2:36
6. “Poison Apples” … 3:40
7. “Hammered” … 5:15
8. “Til Death Do Us Part” … 6:03
9. “Welcome to the Numb” … 5:18
10. “Smoke the Sky” … 3:36
11. “Droppin Like Flies” … 6:26
12. “Driftaway” … 4:05
BONUS TRACKS:
13. “Hypnotized” [Previously Unreleased] … 5:29
14. “Babykills” [Previously Unreleased] … 5:26
15. “Livin’ in the Know” [Previously Unreleased] … 4:23

Band:
John Corabi – Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Mick Mars – Guitar, Bass, Sitar, Mandolin
Nikki Sixx – Bass, Piano
Tommy Lee – Drums, Piano

Produced by: Bob Rock

Misunderstood. It’s the name of a song on this album and that very same word could be used to sum up the album as a whole. When I first bought this, when it was reissued, I didn’t like it at all. The only track that stood out to me was “Hooligan’s Holiday”, and the rest just seemed like a totally calculated “let’s join the grunge/alternative bandwagon” move. I wasn’t in the mindset to listen to a more experimental Motley. I wanted sleaze and decadence.

Looking back, I like this album alot. John Corabi is a great vocalist and his voice fits the more serious and dark sound of the album. I definitely couldn’t see him fitting typical Motley sound and I’m glad they didn’t even try. If you took the band’s name away from this album, I think it would’ve sold better and been better reviewed. This would’ve been a nice side project for Nikki, Mick and Tommy while they tried to patch things up with Vince, but since they went ahead and said this was the new Crue, it backfired on them big time. So they had to go back and get Vince in the band again anyway!

There’s no big sing along choruses here, but what they produced is good alternative hard rock and even if this wasn’t the best idea from a marketing standpoint, I gotta respect Motley for going in a totally different direction with a totally different singer when they could’ve just called it quits or found a Vince clone.

Highlights: “Power to the Music”, “Uncle Jack”, “Hooligan’s Holiday”, “Misunderstood”, “Til Death Do Us Part”, “Welcome to the Numb”, “Smoke the Sky”, “Driftaway”

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MOTLEY CRUE – Dr. Feelgood

Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood (1989, Elektra Records; 1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “T. N. T. (Terror ‘N Tinseltown)” … :42
2. “Dr. Feelgood” … 4:50
3. “Slice of Your Pie” … 4:32
4. “Rattlesnake Shake” … 3:40
5. “Kickstart My Heart” … 4:48
6. “Without You” … 4:29
7. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” … 4:12
8. “Sticky Sweet” … 3:52
9. “She Goes Down” … 4:37
10. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” … 4:40
11. “Time for Change” … 4:45
BONUS TRACKS:
12. “Dr. Feelgood” [Demo] … 4:42
13. “Without You” [Demo] … 4:12
14. “Kickstart My Heart” [Demo] … 4:28
15. “Get It for Free” [Demo] … 4:14

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

Produced by: Bob Rock

Oh how, I love remasters. Especially when they add demoes, b-sides and live cuts to’em. In that regard, KISS has failed me when they released their remasters. >=[ Anyway, I had heard the original ’89 album a few years before picking up the 1999 “Crucial Crue” edition. One of my best friends owned the original and I borrowed it for what must’ve been close to a year. I honestly hoped he had forgotten about it, but he asked for it back one day, so being the good friend I was, I obliged. It all worked out though ’cause now I have the reissue with the bonus tracks.

Of course I was aware of songs like “Dr. Feelgood”, “Kickstart My Heart” and “Without You” before ever listening to the album, but when I finally had heard the whole album for the first time, I was disappointed. I had started at the very beginning with Too Fast for Love with the ’99 reissues, and this album fell flat for me compared to what I had heard earlier.

This was Motley’s biggest album in terms of sales, but I just don’t get it. And people say Girls, Girls, Girls was too poppy and slick? Nephew, please, this is total pop metal. I’m not saying it’s not good, but it’s hardly one of Motley’s best, IMO. Motley’s signature sleaze seems to be missing here for the most part outside of “Dr. Feelgood”, “Kickstart My Heart”, and “She Goes Down”. Even “Slice of Your Pie”, which is right up my alley in terms of song titles and lyrics, just doesn’t work for me. And what’s up with the extensive use of female back-up singers (at least where the bonus tracks are concerned)? Gee, that Bob Rock sure does know how to neuter great rock bands, huh?

A few rock ‘n’ roll all-stars lended their voices as back-up singers on the album: Steven Tyler (“Sticky Sweet”), Jack Blades (“Sticky Sweet” & “Same Ol’ Situation”), Bryan Adams (“Sticky Sweet”), Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander & Rick Nielson (“She Goes Down”) and Skid Row (“Time for Change”).

Highlights: “Dr. Feelgood”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”, “Sticky Sweet”, “She Goes Down”

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