by Zane Ewton
||Motley Crue – Red, White
Preparations are underway for the reunited
Motley Crue to come to your town with all the pomp and circumstance relegated
to these sorts of affairs. Far too much talk has been given to the
offstage behavior of this band so it is appropriate that we now have
Red, White & Crue, a focused overview of the Crue’s music, the
hits with a few of the misses.
The two disc set covers tracks from the
band’s debut, Too Fast for Love, to the sans-Tommy Lee album New
Tattoo. Anyone who has ever heard of the 1980’s will definitely
be familiar with songs from the first disc. Motley Crue is one of
the most popular and enduring bands of the 80’s primarily because the music
is so memorable.
Motley Crue’s first two albums set the
benchmark for what rock would be in the 80’s. The band came out as
a rough and rowdy rock band. This is evident on some of the most
exciting music the band has done in “Live Wire”, “Piece of Your Action”,
“Too Fast For Love”, “Looks that Kill” and "Shout at the Devil”.
But the band has never been perfect (a trait that may be the reason they
have been so popular for so long) and songs like “Toast of the Town” and
“Black Widow” demonstrate that well.
With Theatre of Pain the band softened
their image and the songs. This only meant increased popularity as
“Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Girls, Girls, Girls” became big hits and
are still being overplayed on the radio today.
Disc one closes out with the hits from
Dr. Feelgood, the pinnacle of Motley popularity, including “Kickstart
My Heart”, “Without You”, “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”, “Same Ol’
Situation” and the title track.
The 1980’s were arguably the decade of
Motley Crue, they can be blamed for hair metal but they were still better
then all of the bands that were riding on their coattails. Who remembers
those other bands anyway?
The second disc focuses on the band’s
90’s output and is more of a mixed bag. “Anarchy in the UK” was a
pointless remake but “Primal Scream” and “Home Sweet Home (’91 Remix)”
are strong additions to the successful formula. If the talk about
Motley Crue’s antics has been overblown, then the talk about grunge killing
hair metal can also take a rest. Just because the “scene” has changed
doesn’t mean the currently unpopular bands need to become boring.
With Vince Neil out and John Corabi in,
the Crue became a faceless band not helped by the middle-of-the-road songs.
“Hooligan’s Holiday” and “Misunderstood” lacked energy but “Planet Boom”
is just embarrassing. A reunited Crue failed to make any headway
with Generation Swine even though “Afraid” and “Beauty” are memorable
songs. Also included are the two new tracks found on Greatest
Hits, “Bitter Pill” and “Enslaved” both produced by Bob Rock, evidenced
by the back to basics approach in each song.
Motley Crue’s last studio album, New
Tattoo, focused on what brought the band to the table in the first
place but “Hell on High Heels” is to run of the mill to be exciting.
“New Tattoo” is a good ballad, even better since the band does not overdo
the slow songs.
Three new recordings are a bonus for the
compilation. “If I Die Tomorrow” is not good. “Sick Love Song”
is better. The Rolling Stones cover “Street Fighting Man” could have
Motley Crue has made an impact on rock
and roll. They defined an era and have written some great rock songs.
All of the pieces are in place. Vince Neil is an instantly recognizable
vocalist, Nikki Sixx is a strong songwriter, Mick Mars is an exciting guitarist
and Tommy Lee should really stay behind the drums. Up to their full
potential, this is the kind of band that could do some massive damage on
tour and in the future. Maybe it is time to be exciting again.
Crue – Red, White & Crue
Piece Of Your Action
Toast Of The Town
Too Fast For Love
Looks That Kill
Too Young To Fall In Love - (remix)
Shout At The Devil
Smokin' In The Boys Room
Use It Or Lose It
Girls, Girls, Girls
You're All I Need
All In The Name Of...
Kickstart My Heart
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S)
Anarchy In The UK
Home Sweet Home - ('91 remix)
Hooligan's Holiday - (Brown Nose Edit)
Misunderstood - (Successful Format Version)
Afraid - (Alternative Rave mix)
Hell On High Heels
New Tattoo - (single version)
If I Die Tommorrow - (previously unreleased)
Sick Love Song - (previously unreleased)
Street Fighting Man - (previously unreleased)
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