In their very early days, Motley Crue
was just about as scary as Twisted Sister, with the make-up,
crazy looking outfits, Satanic over-tones, drugs, wild PR
stunts, crazy women, and nutty stage
antics. Motley Crue was an L.A. band that formed back in
1981 by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. Although initial
incarnations of the band did not include vocalist Vince Neil or
guitarist Bob Deal (Mick Mars), the two were still hired in 1981 (Vince
and Tommy knew each other from high school). Indeed the band's
name is a purposeful miss-spelling of the phrase "motley crew", and word
has it the metal umlauts above the letters O and U (Mötley
Crüe) were an allusion to Löwenbräu (yes, the beer).
Motley Crue self-produced
their first album in 1981 (Too Fast for Love),
although it was re-released in 1982 after the band signed with Elektra
Records. While on touring in Canada to support the release, there
were several staged PR stunts that had the effect of getting the band
international attention, as well as getting them banned from Edmonton.
As many of you know, Motley Crue has also had their share of wild
issues. In 1984, while driving drunk, Neil killed Hanoi Rock's
drummer Razzle Dingley (more detail on this are available on the Hanoi
Rock's page). In 1987, Sixx nearly died due to a heroin overdose.
Technically, he was dead for 2 minutes. However, the medic shot
adrenaline into his heart which revived him (this incident was the
inspiration for the song "Kick Start My Heart").
As MTV became more and more popular, so did Motley Crue.
Albums such as
Shout at the
Theatre of Pain (1985),
Girls, Girls, Girls
(1987) had the band rolling. By 1989, all members had been
through rehab, and their highest charting album, Dr. Feelgood (1989),
stayed number 1 on the album charts for 109 weeks. In 1992, Vince
Neil left the band (according to Sixx) or was fired (according to Neil).
Motely Crue hired a new vocalist, John Corabi, and one album was
released in 1994 with John. By 1997, Vince was back. In
1999, Lee left the band temporarily, but was back by 2005. Since
then, Motley Cure has continued to tour and produce new material.
We really think fans of Motely Crue will like the 2008 release,
Saints of Los Angeles (we were pleasantly surprised by it).
At the time of this writing, the Motley Crue Discography
was as follows:1981: Too Fast for Love
1983: Shout at the Devil
1985: Theatre of Pain
1987: Girls, Girls, Girls
1989: Dr. Feelgood
1994: Motley Crue
1997: Generation Swine
2000: New Tattoo
2008: Saints of Los Angeles