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Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe Biography


Mötley Crüe is a glam metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. They soon found guitarist Mick Mars through a classified ad that stated simply: "Loud, rude, aggressive guitarist available." Singer Vince Neil, whom Tommy had known in high school, joined last. They went on to become one of the the most infamous bands of the 80s. In late 1981, they released their first album, Too Fast For Love, on their own Leathür Records. It sold over 20,000 copies, which caught the attention of Elektra Records. Elektra signed the band and released their second album, Shout At The Devil, in 1983. Elektra also remixed and re-released Too Fast For Love, chopping off the intro to the title track and dropping Stick To Your Guns altogether. They released Theatre Of Pain in 1985, Girls, Girls, Girls in 1987, and Dr. Feelgood in 1989, embarking on sold out tours for each record. In 1991 they released Decade Of Decadence, a "best of" compilation with a few new tracks, to commemorate 10 years together. In February 1992, Vince Neil left the band or was fired, depending on which account is to be believed, to be replaced by John Corabi (of The Scream). They released the self-titled Mötley Crüe with Corabi in 1994, which didn't sell well despite being one of their better recorded and produced albums. Vince Neil released two solo albums, 1993's "Exposed", featuring Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, guitarist Dave Marshall, and Enuff Z Nuff drummer Vikky Fox. The band scored a big hit with the single and video "You're Invited(But Your Friend Can't Come)". Vince's second solo album, 1995's "Carved In Stone", featured a different band and a more alternative sound, which didn't sell well, but was a solid effort and would contribute to the direction of the next Motley Crue album when he rejoined the band for 1997's Generation Swine, appearing for the first time in years on national television at the American Music Awards with their new version of Shout at the Devil. The band was in peak form, but the album sold poorly. The reformed band left Elektra records to form their own Mötley Records, bringing with them ownership of all their master recordings. A band in control of its own publishing and masters is something very rare in the recording industry. They released remastered versions of all their albums in 1999, each one containing bonus tracks of previously unreleased material from that era. That year also saw a new album, New Tattoo, which sold fewer than 150,000 copies. Tension between Neil and Lee caused the latter to leave the band. Tommy Lee put together the band Methods of Mayhem and recorded an album with them. It was released late in 1999, and solo albums were released in 2002 and 2005. He also starred in a reality TV show that followed him to college in 2005. With Mötley Crüe essentially finished, Nikki Sixx started an alternative hip-hop techno-rock experiment with a couple of good friends called 58 in 2000 and released a single (Piece of Candy) and album (Diet For A New America) that year. Then in 2002, he started forming Brides of Destruction, and released an album with them in 2004, but left the band to reunite the Crue for a world wide tour in 2005. The time spent apart was apparently enough of a cooling-off period to make reconciliation a possibility, and they recorded several new tracks for 2005's compilation, Red, White and Crüe. The album was released in February, and they embarked on their Carnival Of Sins tour that same month (starting on February 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), quickly selling out shows. They released a concert DVD later that year of their show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nikki Sixx also co-wrote the titlesong on the latest Meatloaf album, "Bat Out of Hell III-The Monster Is Loose". On January 26th, 2006, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary with a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame. Recently, in September of 2007, bassist Nikki Sixx released an album with Beautiful Creatures guitarist and drummer as the band Sixx:A.M.. The album is called "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack", the companion piece to the book of the same name based on Nikki's journals from the mid 80s, chronicling the height of his heroin addiction. After a protracted legal battles with Tommy Lee's manager Carl Stubner, in April 2008, the band released the single Saints of Los Angeles, from the forthcoming album of the same title, just released June 26, 2008

Mötley Crüe Metal Albums

Live: Entertainment or Death Thumbnail Image

Following the rather public dismissal of singer Tarja Turunen in late 2005, the remaining members of Nightwish decided to mark the end of this chapter in [...]

Motley Crue - Greatest Hits Thumbnail Image

Through lead-singer strife and domestic blisters, the Crüe have endured. Greatest Hits is a breather for the group and provides an opportunity to look back at the [...]

Saints of Los Angeles Thumbnail Image

First Motley Crue album with all original four members in over a DECADE!

Red, White, & Crue Thumbnail Image

There is no shortage of Motley Crue hits collections out there, but this one just might be the definitive. All the essentials are on disc one, [...]

Generation Swine Thumbnail Image

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008. Generation Swine has the potential to be visceral and [...]

Shout at the Devil Thumbnail Image

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