Motley Crue Biography
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A Biography by Alan Stout
They've been widely successful, frequently controversial and extremely influential. They're one of the most celebrated American hard-rock bands of all-time, and they've constantly forged forward with new sounds, new looks and new attitudes.
They are a band that defines both musicianship and showmanship. A band that - despite being equally known for its well-chronicled escapades of sex, drugs, booze, fast cars, big stage shows, flashy videos and starlet wives and girlfriends - has always been centered first and foremost around the grinding sounds of rock 'n' roll.
They are Motley Crue.
And although sometimes championed by the press, radio and music television, they are - more than anything else - a band of the people. They are a band that's sold millions of albums and concert tickets, yet has always remained attached to the streets from which they arose nearly two decades ago.
The Crue's story began in Los Angeles in 1981, when bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil recorded their debut LP, Too Fast For Love. Released independently - something not nearly as common then as it is today - the album quickly sold over 20,000 copies and earned the band a national recording contract with Elektra Records.
Only two years after the band's inception, a new star was clearly on the horizon. And The Crue, whose success soon surpassed even the bands they once emulated, were more than ready to give the skinny-tied, overly-synthesized rock charts a swift kick in the ass.
With the 1983 release of Shout at The Devil, the band reached and shocked a new, hungry national audience. Songs such as "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young To Fall In Love" helped to create the first MTV generation and a headline-grabbing tour showcased the band's outrageous live shows. Fire, smoke and volume continuously powered The Crue's concerts and by 1984 photos of Motley Crue plastered magazine covers coast to coast.
"It was time to put the pedal down a little harder, put some faster fuel in the tank, turn the amps up and really push the envelop,'' recalls Nikki Sixx. ``Even though 'Shout' took us above ground, we were still the cult powerhouse on the street.''
With one foot on the street and the other on the gas pedal, Motley Crue's fast-paced rise continued. The band's onslaught of arenas, TV and radio continued throughout the mid-80s, with albums such as "Theatre of Pain'' and "Girls, Girls, Girls'' riding high on the charts and tunes such as ``Smokin' In The Boys Room,'' ``Wild Side'' and ``Home Sweet Home'' saturating the MTV airwaves. And with the melodic, hard-rock movement of the '80s in full swing, The Crue were clearly among the leaders of the pack.
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to the guy who thi.ks dave mustaine is a better guitarest than mick mars | Reviewer: nate | 9/11/13
Ive seen megadeath W mustaine open for motley and megadeath
And mustaine sucked crue kicked ass.as always
And mick can play like no other.his style is rock
Kick your ass with a deep blues influence.
Mick inspires me as a fellow guitarist and
Nikki as a lyricist.fuck the rest crue heads are best
Mic mars | Reviewer: Penis wrinkle | 1/3/13
Ummmm no Mic Mars is a great guitar player in the heavy metal sense since that's the sound I think he's going for and the band is also one of my favs but Mic Mars is not the best there is out there, maybe the best fit for motley crue but not the best. Dave Mustaine is by far better then Mic Mars, Chris Broderick is better then Dave. But anyways just thought I'd throw that out there.
So Motley Crue | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/13/10
I was in Las Vegas last month and i was flipping though the channels and thee on the t.v. is Vince Niel and he's talking about how he's been sober for 20 years...and im thinking good for you bro....then two days later I get home and all there talking about on the radio is how Vince got a dwi in Vegas....Motley Crue is def. someone you would want to hang out with and there music is badass, but you wouldnt want to leave you sister, daughter, mother, wife, or girlfriend in the same room with them.
most awesome band ever..........!!!!! | Reviewer: mark franzen | 1/15/10
I first listened to these guys in 1983 , when the shout at the devil album came out...i was in my friends car cruising and he put it in the tape-deck and from that day till today have a great desire for motley crue music!!!!!! i seen them in concert soon after , 1994 in wisconsins alpine-valley...it was the girls,girls,girls tour and the bad habits were up on the marshall stacks shaking everything imaginable!!!! "WOW" what a concert(im in the s.o.s. video) and love that i made it on thier video!!!!!!! i have recently moved to west palm beach , fla. and was at the grand opening of Dr.Feelgoods!!! i met vince for one second, and wish i could tell him my story....i also had nikki as a friend on my-space a few years ago, when he quit smoking supposidily...anyway will LOVE them till the day i die!!!!!!!!! i also have a tatoo of the two masks happy/sad....never stop rocking boys!!!!! love ya always , 1# FAN , MARK FRANZEN!
Motley Crue: Rock Legends | Reviewer: Daniel Dominguez | 8/8/09
They were one of the first rock acts to really make a big impression on me. The Crue stood apart from a lot of the crap that made up the glam scene "THEY WERE FOR REAL". Mick Mars's riffs just hit you in the gut in a way that still reminds you that heaviness is still a craft that only a very select few have accomplished so well; the Crue certainly did. They where also great composers and songwriters. Even though I love the rockers their power ballad "Home Sweet Home" is one my all time favorite songs and the dramatic Kick ass guitar solo is out there with some of the best leads ever recorded. Long live the Crue!!!!!!!!!
I love Motley Crue | Reviewer: Angie | 6/18/09
I'm a huge fan! All their songs rock! Nikki Sixx is an amazing Bassist, and Mick Mars is fuckin amazing! I hope that someday i can be as hardcore as them. They're my inspiration for why i play guitar! i wish i was alive in the 80's too see them live or something! That'd be fuckin cool! I hope someday i'll see them live, but they're gettin pretty old.. lol. Motley crue forever man!
Mick Mars | Reviewer: Brandon Cupps | 4/13/09
Mick Mars is the only good guitarist in the world He dominates every other guitarist. Vince Neils vocals kick ass. Nikki Sixx Bass is bad ass. Tommy Lee on drums is godly. I have started a motley crue tribute band to them i live in mississippi email me if you play bass or drums i am 15 but all i listen to is motley crue my hair looks just like vince neil's for 1983 shout at the devil extensions platinum blonde motley crue is kick ass best ever
Im loving motley crue | Reviewer: alanna | 10/2/08
My mate got into listening motley crue and ever since i have listened to them i think they are a true band for rock n roll in the 80's. My favourite song is starry eyes and girls girls girls they are one of my favourite songs out of the band. I love them i wuld do anything if they were to come back again!!! Alanna xxxx
the crue kicks ass | Reviewer: bra ndon meeks | 9/11/08
i have been listening to motley crue for about a year. since then i have wanted to start a band and if i do or when i do it will be because of the influence of Motley Crue.they are the graetest band i have ever listened to in my 16 years of life i hope they keep rockin for ever.
80's at its best | Reviewer: John | 4/14/08
I bought shout at the devil when it came out and have never looked back Motley Crue just keep the blood pumping rock coming. Now in 2008 I watch strippers dance to girl,girls,girls / wildside/Teaser/Looks that kill. once you get addicted to the Crue your in it for life ROCK ON!
motely crew rocks! | Reviewer: Oshlee Wannell | 2/26/08
I love motley crew!
they are the best band ever
dr.feelgood is the best song in the world, its the only song i have but its the best song in the world!!!!!!!!!!
I love nicky 6! and tommy leigh! and vinse neal! and mikey mars!
Motley Crue Rules!! | Reviewer: Ernesto Solis | 9/19/07
26 years of american hard Rock!! I been in several concerts and i would see them again and again...The best band in the world!! Keep rockin hard!
MOTLEY RULES! | Reviewer: R.A.S | 5/15/07
I'm glad to see some of the new kids noticing good tunes, i been listing to the Crue for 20 years and still only listen to the 80's 90's hair band music and still have my long ass hair too! keeps ya young I'm 41 and still get carded for smokes and my wife is 24. keep it rockin
motley crue the chet rokking to they die | Reviewer: allan | 4/9/07
the best song is dr.fellgood no doubt motley crue bithces
Motley Crue Kicks Ass! | Reviewer: Nicole (Nikki) | 3/24/06
The Crue is a timeless kick butt hard core rock band. Nikki Six (the guitar player with the sexy eyes and great smile)once said in an interview that he didn't know how they made it thru the 80's. I do, they played kick ass crank up the volume, tune out the world, and get wild music! Their songs will be played for years and years. I know I'll keep listening. Their recent video for the 'If I Die Tomorrow' song is great. It's good to see them all together again. You might want to also check out Tommy Lee's video 'Good Times'. It's a kick back and have a "good time" video. KEEP ON ROCKIN'!!!!
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