Motley Crue – from Too Fast For Love To Saints Of Los Angeles

circa 1981. Too Fast For Love

Although I didn’t become a true fan until around 1987 when I was 10, the 1981 era of Motley Crue and the Too Fast For Love album is where it’s at for me. I prefer the Leathur Records version of the album. The mix is more lo-fi and the song order is different as well as the versions. I really don’t understand the recent re-issue of Too Fast For Love which states that it comes from the original analog tapes, yet it’s the Elektra Records version. The Leather Records version is available though on Songs To Crash Your Car To Vol. 1.

1983. Shout At The Devil

Pictured at right is the Shout At The Devil era Motley Crue. Songs like “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” and “Ten Seconds To Love” are among my personal favorites off of that album. I really like their cover of The Beatles “Helter Skelter”although it in no way compares to the original. Visions of the video “Too Young To Fall In Love” run through my head. I always seem to remember in the end when Tommy Lee tries the bowl of rice sitting on the table and spits it out and throws and handful at the man behind the counter. It also took me a few years to realize that Nikki Sixx narrates “In The Beginning”. The vinyl edition has a gatefold featuring a photo of each member and should be framed and hung on every wall in America.

Theater Of Pain era Motley Crue, also the album which contained their biggest hit to date, "Home Sweet Home'

The glammed out band picture below is Motley Crue, Theater Of Pain era. Always one for re-inventing themselves this album feature their biggest hit to date, “Home Sweet Home”. To this day, the staying power of that one song has solidified their legacy in our culture for ever. It was recently featured in Hot Tub Time Machine. I suggest waiting until the end when Lou states he was a part of the legendary band, replacing Vince Neil as lead singer. He is then superimposed into the video. This being the hit off the album it is not the best. See “Keep Your Eye On The Money”, “Raise Your Hands To Rock”.

Girls, Girls, Girls era

I remember thinking I was the coolest 7th grader in the world because I owned and wore a Girls, Girls, Girls tee shirt. I also remember how shocked I was to hear their music in the Kirk Cameron/Dudley Moore film Like Father, Like Son. It was also around this time that my older sister and brother went to the Utica Auditorium (August 26, 1987) to see them, without me because I was “too young”.  Apparently they all came on stage on motorcycles and outside the venue before the show, the crowd chanted in unison, “open the fucking doors please”. “Wild Side”, and “Girls, Girls, Girls” are the songs people remember but for me it’s “Five Years Dead” and “Dancing On Glass”.

Dr. Feelgood era

1989 saw the release of Dr. Feelgood. Released 3 months after my 12th birthday, at the time I simply hated the video and song(and still do) for “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). “Dr. Feelgood” is a good one off of that album for sure and to me, is the only thing it has to offer. “Kickstart My Heart” is best known as being written by Nikki Sixx about his brush with death. The song also appears in every movie, show, etc. having anything to do with car chases, high speed action, thrills, and spills. Mick Mars’ solo featuring a talk box is bound to get your blood pumping. “When we started this band all we needed, needed was a laugh, years gone by I say we’ve kicked some ass”, words to live by. Produced by Metallica’s Black Album blondie Bob Rock as well, big deal. James Hetfield and crew made fun of him for it.

John Carabi replaces Vince Neil

In 1994 the unthinkable happened, the boys in the Crue fired Vince Neil. He says he quit, either way the four piece moved on despite Nikki Sixx stating that if any member moved on it would end the band. “Hooligans Holiday” is all that’s recognizable as containing any semblance to a band worth a damn. That to me, was the end of the band and they have failed to live up to the past. I’m sure they don’t care too, and that didn’t stop me from paying $60.00 to see them on the first show of their reunion tour in Tampa, Florida on November 22, 2006. I lost my voice.  Before their reunion show, I had the “pleasure” of seeing Vince Neil perform solo. It was just as entertaining and he clearly wasn’t into it.

To this day, the one thing I find great pleasure in, is listening to the Leathur Records version of Too Fast For Love. Despite the over-use of cowbell, the production is stellar even though it isn’t as produced.

I didn’t pay much attention to Generation Swine other than the remix of “Shout At The Devil”. Nor did I care to listen to and/or buy New Tattoo featuring temporary drummer Randy Castillo. And, Saints Of Los Angeles didn’t interest me either.


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