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Glam infused rock and roll continues on (despite the Rock of Ages box office bomb). Anyone else wonder if this year’s heat wave has anything to do with the amount of Aqua Net Poison used in 1987? Time to walk on the wild side and look at the bands that were, are still on the road today, and have influenced many…
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.
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. Mega-Hit albums Shout At The Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls Girls Girls, and Dr. Feelgood would follow. Then, as most bands eventually do, they broke up.
After several years the band got back together for Generation Swine, an honest effort to grow musically and try new things — despite a couple of minor hits, appearing on the cover of Hustler Magazine and promoting the reunion with a performance at the American Music Awards… it didn’t work. After their autobiography, and the grunge era dying off, something strange happened — the fans wanted Motley Crue back. The band started slow, self-funding a greatest hits tour and then followed with another hits tour and then their own festival. Most recently, Motley released Saints Of Los Angeles, originally a record to compliment their autobiography The Dirt — their ninth studio album delivered, pleasing both their diehard fans as well as a few critics. To go along with their studio albums the band has put out several greatest hits albums over the years, and has sold over 80 million albums world-wide. A lot of single words have been used to describe this band, but comeback, was not a word the critics thought was possible with Motley Crue.
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David S. Grant is the author of "Blood: The New Red" Follow David on Twitter .david_s_grant