November 10, 1981 - 2021: 40 years of: Too Fast For Love.
The birth of rawknroll !
West-Hollywood in the 80s: Ground Zero for rebellion and hardrock showmanship. Still ablazed and dazzled by the almighty untouchable VAN HALEN, from the trashed back-alleys, led by a rabid Nikki Sixx, comes the new kids on the block.
Power drug induced and rough punk-attitude ...CHECK !
Pushed and shoved to new levels, the opening-cut "Live Wire" is an Americanized-NWOBHM explosion. Double-bassdrums, deep rumbling bass, a burning guitar-riff and the raging voice of a very young Vince Neil. The initial and dangerous heavymetal MÖTLEY.
All cylinder keeps on pumping diesel with "Come On And Dance", another metal-riff supported killer, while the speedy "Take Me To The Top" brings more crunch into the crunch-department. The title-track is another slick street throat-cutter, while the powerballad-y "Merry-Go-Round" displays some sweet melodies that would later bloom deeper into their 40+ year career.
Originally independently released on none other than the band's own shoe-string-tiny-budget Leathür Records, the buzz was instant and all copies flew within weeks. Major-label Elektra Records finally came aboard and the rest is part of feelgood rocknroll-history.
The CRÜE's rage and aggression would bleed profusely again on 1983's darker and metaller, the eventual PMRC-feared Shout At The Devil LP.
Live Wire = video
Too Fast For Love = full LP
Interview in 1981
Live at the Starwood in 1981
Theatre Of Pain
Los Angeles in 1987 = MÖTLEY CRÜE !!!
The heydays of American hardrock, glamrock, hairmetal or plain ass-kickin' rocknroll: biker culture, unlawful activities, reckless attitudes and bohemian spirits ...let's celebrate the epitome of this movement with MÖTLEY CRÜE's finest offering, the album: Girls, Girls, Girls !
The debauchery started on Sunset Strip with VAN HALEN in 1978 and reached unprecedented highs (or lows) during the 1986-87-88-89 era ...it's still kinda hazy for me. Remember when being into hardrock was bad, bad as in good and when only the meanest badasses were into it ?
Being too fast for love and shouters at the devil inside the theatre of pain, it was now time for the real CRÜE to shine: motorcycles, girls, whiskey, girls, drugs and more girls, this is just another day at the office for the Tinseltown-rebels. The album is barebones hardrock with the most decadent vibe, during the US's most decadent times. A tale, written by 4 outlaws, that lived to tell: the 80s excesses, the crack epidemic and the good ol' ways of West-Hollywood.
Opening the party, the driving rattle of Sixx's bass on "Wild Side" grabs you by the balls and won't let go ...the perfect way to kickstart your heart ! The themed strip-club title-track leaves nothing to the uncensored imagination. Meet me tonight at Tattletale, The Dollhouse, The Seventh Veil or world-renown Crazy Horse in Paris ...girls I'll keep you over-employed ! You can smell the mix of fuel and leather from the speakers ...to the dangerous "Dancing On Glass" about white-powder addiction, another heavy guitar-driven riff.
Onto the flip-side with the fast paced "All In The Name Of..." where Neil shouts about a naughty obsession while Lee destroys the kit, to the inevitable power-ballad, the love/hate "You're All I Need" ...this time with a twist, a melodramatic cut that displays the band's other-side, the CRÜE's darkest song, ever.
All killers - no fillers - motherfuckers !
The LP also features some of hardrock's sleaziest lines: "Valentine's in London, found me in the trash" about Nikki's overdose and the pusher that left him in a back-alley garbage-bin. "She's only 15, she's the reason, the reason I can't sleep, you say illegal, I say legal's never been my scene" about ...well about you know what it's about. The PMRC's hotline went red hot for this one !
On tour, everything went into XXX-overdrive: a little bit to the right, a little bit to the left, fuck it let's go 360°
In 1987 MÖTLEY CRÜE didn't play rocknroll - rocknroll played MÖTLEY CRÜE !!!
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (video filmed at LA's Seventh Veil)
30 YEARS DOCUMENTARY
September 1, 1989 - 2019: 30 years of: Dr. Feelgood.
There are good bands out there, there are big bands out there, there are better bands out there ...and then there's MÖTLEY CRÜE !
The 1988-89 era is the summum for the hardrock movement, commonly labeled as the glamrock movement. The hair was huge, the Harleys were roaring, the scene was exciting and all the bands were at their creative peak and commercial-success: AEROSMITH, WHITE LION, L.A. GUNS, WINGER, BON JOVI, GNR, WHITESNAKE, POISON, W.A.S.P., THE CULT and even the immortal Alice COOPER had a hit under his belt ...what a fantastic time to be alive.
1989's pristine album Dr. Feelgood is synonymous with this era. Loud, fun and dangerously MÖTLEY ! The pinnacle of the band and the pinnacle of the scene, the Diamond-clad crown that firmly sits on the tail-end of the 80s decade ...it doesn't get any better than this ! The Doctor is in, Mister Bob Rock is behind the mixing-desk. Finally a producer that will properly capture the music and makes it come alive on record, this marriage was meant to be and Feelgood still stands as one of hardrock's best sonically produced record, ever.
Fresh outta rehab, weird though ain't it ? ...all four CRÜE members where now fully focused on one simple thing: kick fuckin' ass ! And asses where kicked, I'm talking about major Chart-topping, Platinum-selling, MTV-dominating, worldwide-touring and hell-raising kick-ass rocknroll ! Don't call it a comeback, but a perfect follow-up and companion to the divine 1987 Girls, Girls, Girls LP and this one is, once again: all killers - no fillers rocknroll !!!
Your prescription is in:
The dramatic T.N.T emergency-room sound-clip is the perfect intro to the destructive title-track "Dr. Feelgood". One of the CRÜE's most ravaging song, ever, as a new level of heaviness is unlocked with the full fat Nikki Sixx bass-rhythm and Tommy Lee's earth-shattering eardrum-piercing percussions. A song about a badass drug-lord that owns the city and rules the streets, a somewhat wink to MÖTLEY's illustrious past.
How about a "Slice Of Your Pie" a monstrous boogie-vibed track that cleverly end with a BEATLES-esque outro ala "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". Another rock-punch is delivered with "Rattlesnake Shake" were we learn that "She's a sex machine, she keep's her engine hot, her motor clean", pure Vince Neil classiness. More sex is exposed on "Sticky Sweet" a Mick Mars mega-riff monster and the kinky bare-all tongue-out "She Goes Down"
The mandatory power-ballad "Without You" is a soul-searching experience, while the single "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" will help you to get rid of those unwanted one-night mourning surprises. The LP would also spawn a new MÖTLEY-signature, the heavier and fast-paced "Kickstart My Heart". Taking cues from the thrashmetal genre, wrapped in punk-attitude and simple woh-yeah hooks, "Kickstart" would take a life of it's own and become one of hardrock's new ballsy anthem ...the last massive hit of the glorious glamorous 80s.
The CRÜE's titanic return would hit the road, starting with a warm-up at the historic Moscow Music Peace Festival in August 1989, the Woodstock of hardrock, along other rocknroll buddies: Ozzy OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, BON JOVI, CINDERELLA and SKID ROW.
The CRÜE was on top of the hardrock food-chain, they could do no wrong, as the LP was selling, the crowd was chanting and the band was rocking, clean and sober, until the turmoil that led to Neil's departure in early-1992. 30 years later, Dr. Feelgood still feels good and stand on it's head as one of heardrock's defining release ...the soundtrack of a decadent generation !
Welcome to Jimmy's town !!!
Dr. Feelgood - uncensored video
Kickstart My Heart - video
Live in Moscow in 1989
Live in Kansas City in 1989
Interview a Solidrok en 1990
Live MTV Awards in 1990
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