I was in college in the fall of 1983 when I bought this originally on vinyl. I was huge (and still am) into KISS and thought these guys were trying a bit too hard to look like KISS. However, the graphics and look intrigued me and I bought this after seeing the “Looks That Kill” video and finding out Motley Crue wasn’t a second-rate KISS after all. Maybe the attraction was due (in part) to the fact that KISS was dropping the make-up and I didn’t want them to lose the look that made them, well, KISS!
I found that the Crue had their own style and sound that was a breath of fresh air in the mainly synth-pop early 80’s. Rock n’ roll was still ALIVE after all!
This CD is, from start to finish, THE best rocking Motley Crue ever gave us. “Too Fast For Love” was a primer and they hit their stride on “Shout At The Devil.” EVERY song is excellent and it’s non-stop nail biting rock all the way. They do mix it up a biy though. “God Bless The Children Of The Beast” is a suprisingly piece that (like KISS’ “Beth”) shows a dimension to the band that, on the surface, you would never guess was there.
“Too Young To Fall In Love” was perfect for the MTV crowd, and “Red Hot” and “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” was there for the true headbangers. The Crue even took a crack at The Beatles ‘White Album’ classic, “Helter Skelter,” put their own mark on it and came up with a gem. Vince Neil is no Paul McCartney in the vocal department, but his voice works for the band regardless.
After seeing Motley Crue live in Pittsburgh in 1984 I was primed to have a new album. They came back in ‘85 with “Theatre Of Pain,” but I found that one a bit “too MTV” – with the edge of “Shout” clearly tamed down. “Dr. Feelgood” may be their biggest seller, but they never sounded more like Motley Crue to me than on this TIMELESS CLASSIC – “Shout At The Devil!”
I don’t think any Crue fan was disappointed when they heard this for the first time. I BECAME a fan thanks to this one.
Thanks Nikki, Vince, Tommy & Mick…for a true masterpiece of rock n’ roll – and good luck on the road in 2005! SEE YOU THEN!