Mötley Crüe

Glam Metal

Years active: 1981–2015

Website: http://motley.com/

 

The band became rapidly successful in the United States after playing at the US Festival, and also with the aid of the new medium of MTV. They then gained the attention of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and found themselves as the opening act for Osbourne on his 1984 world tour. The band members were well known for their backstage antics, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, heavily applied make-up, and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as well. As for their recordings, their mixture of heavy metal and hard rock stylings with influences by AC/DC and Aerosmith and guitar picking style of Judas Priest produced several best-selling albums during the 1980s, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), which showcased their love of motorcycles, whiskey and strip clubs, and which told tales of substance abuse, sexual escapades, and general decadence.

The band members have also had their share of scrapes with the law and life. In 1984, Neil was driving home from a liquor store in his De Tomaso Pantera when he was in a head-on collision; his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley, was killed. Neil, charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter, was sentenced to 30 days in jail (though he only served 18 days) and received a $2,000,000 fine. The short jail term was pleaded for by his lawyers enabling Neil to be able to tour and pay the fine. The album Theatre of Pain (1985) was dedicated in Dingley’s honor, and it started a new glam metal phase in the band’s style. The band would also later release two box sets titled “Music to Crash Your Car To”.

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Mötley Crüe – Live Wire

   

Mötley Crüe – Looks That Kill

   

Mötley Crüe – Smokin In The Boys Room

   

Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls

   

Mötley Crüe – Kickstart My Heart

   
 

Too Fast For Love

 

Shout At The Devil

 

Theatre Of Pain

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

 

Dr. Feelgood

 


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