My Sunday Song – “Primal Scream” by Motley Crue

For My Sunday Song #182, we are discussing “Primal Scream” by Motley Crue.  The song is one of three new songs that were released on the band’s 1991 greatest hits package “Decade of Decadence”.  The song was released as a single, but only reached #63 on the Billboard Hot 100, but made it to #21 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.  Those low ranking surprised me as this is one of the best Motley Crue songs ever.

The song was written by Nikki Sixx and is pretty much about his childhood and his rather rough upbringing.  His abusive childhood was both physical and emotional and luckily he escaped out of it, but not without major mental issues and drug addiction throughout most of his life.  Nikki also has said the song is based off a book by Arthur Janov called “The Primal Scream. Primal Therapy: A Cure For Neurosis.”  And if you listen to the song, you will hear a shout out to Janov.  Nikki has a way of capturing his pain and turning it in to some great music.

The song opens with a primal drum beat by Tommy Lee and Nikki with a great little bass line.  Mick’s guitar comes screaming in and then Vince’s vocals come in angry and primal in nature.  It is a heavy song with a lot of pure, raw emotion being delivered.  An energy that conveys the stark, disturbing childhood Nikki faced and how he persevered by fighting it head on. Mick does a great solo, but the best part is that primal scream by Vince towards the end after the last verse.  That made the song for me.  It was short and sweet, but just what the song needed.  This is a darker, more edgy Motley Crue and I am totally okay with that.  Actually, I would like more of that.


Check out the video and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.  Sad to think Nikki had  such a bad childhood and hopefully he is in a better place now.  Have a Happy Sunday…if you can after this.

“Primal Scream”

Broke dick dog
My head slung low
Tail knocked in the dirt

Time and time of being told
Trash is all I’m worth

When I was just a young boy
Had to take a little grief
Now that I’m much older
Don’t put your shit on me

Grab it and shake
Reach down scrape it
You just got to

Primal scream & shout
Let that mother out
You just gotta say “hey”
Primal scream & shout
Oooh tear it out
You just gotta say

Janov said
Meters are red
Blow a neurotic fuse Show a little
A little pain
Unlock a lotta truth

When daddy was a young man
His home was living hell
Mama tried to be so perfect
Now her mind’s a padded cell, ya


[Chorus with adlib]


Hey man, get out of my face
I deal with my problems at my own pace
With your screwed-down, anti-human views
Deal with the pressures by playing the blues
If you wanna live life on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn

[Chorus with adlib]

Scream shout
Come on come on come on
Scream shout

Written by Nikki Sixx

12 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Primal Scream” by Motley Crue

  1. I remember being blown away when I first Decade and this track was on here. I was really looking forward to the vibe that they had created with this track and then a few months later Vince is canned and all momentum is lost.
    Shame but what a great driving bass line and Bob Rock delivers the production.
    Awesome pick for this week Mr Snow

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