The story of Motley Crue is not a well kept secret. In fact, there have been several books written, including an autobiography by the band titled The Dirt. As one of the kings of the eighties glam movement, each story has a different take -- a different version of the truth. The common thread throughout is the amazement that these four are still alive and making music together. This is the story of founder Nikki Sixx (bass), Vince Neil (vocals), Tommy Lee (drums), and Mick Mars (guitar).
In 1981 Motley Crue released the album Too Fast For Love on their label Leathur Records. A mix of hard rock, glam, and punk, TFFL was essentially a demo tape (because it was their own label) until Elektra picked it up and re-released it in 1982. The raw energy on this album laid the foundation for THE eight studio albums to follow. The album only released one single, the first track "Live Wire". There was also a video for "Live Wire" that has recently been revived, receiving airplay in the early morning hours and causing stoners and insomniacs to say out loud, "That's what they used to look like?" Other songs included "Take Me To The Top", a video has circulated for this song showing Vince Neil shaking his hips more than Elvis Presley and Shakira combined, then of course there was "Piece Of Your Action", the B-side that made every slightly overweight girl start smoking cigarettes to lose weight just in case down-the-line they would get a chance to hook up with Vince. The title track, "Too Fast For Love", is buried deep in the album -- but it doesn't matter, "She puts her leg up / Well, calls it good luck / Do you know what I mean?" Everyone just nods approvingly.
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