For My Sunday Song #189, we are tackling one of the band’s signature songs, “Dr. Feelgood”. The song is the title track of the 1989 album and the band’s first album sober!! The band had some radio success as this hit #20 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs and it did go to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, but their success was really MTV and those videos. This one was played all the time!
Being newly sober, it was funny how many songs on the album were about drugs and OD’ing, but I guess that was still all Nikki and company knew. This song is no different. It is about drug dealers…not one drug dealer all of them as Nikki has been quoted as saying that “every good drug addict always has more than one.” The drug dealers gave Nikki his fix and they also gave him and Motley Crue a song to be remembered.
The song comes slamming in with Tommy’s drum beat that grabs hold and pulls you right in just like a good fix will do. Mick lays down a nasty guitar riff that is instantly recognizable. Already the addiction to the song is in full swing. The lyrics written by Nikki and delivered by Vince who captures the essence of the song and he sounds fantastic hitting notes he only now wishes he could still hit. Then Mick’s guitar solo comes in slow and dirty before he shreds the strings like the needles shred your arm. It is junky filled rush of a song.
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For My Sunday Song #184, we will discuss the rocking track “Kickstart My Heart” off their 1989 album ‘Dr. Feelgood’. The song was from the band’s 1989 album ‘Dr. Feelgood’ and was the the 2nd single from the album. And it did well. It was on constant rotation on MTV and reached #9 on the US Rock charts. It helped propel Motley Crue even higher in their rise to the top.
The story of the song is really well known, so nothin new I can bring to it other than rehash it. The song title of “Kickstart my Heart” is famously documented as a result of Nikki Sixx overdosing the paramedics having to use the paddles on him to jump start him back to life. Of course, Steven Adler from Guns ‘N Roses disputes some of the accuracies of that statement. He claims he assisted in bring him back and not so much the paramedics. Either way, still scary that he died and was brought back (on more than once occasion I believe).
Nikki had written the song, but didn’t feel it was good enough for the album until the band’s former manager read the lyrics, he told him to take it to the band. And thankfully he did as it turned in to one hell of a rock anthem.
The song kicks off with some cool notes on guitar by Mick imitating an engine revving up shifting gears and then another cool riff comes through electrifying the song and taking it to another level with breakneck speed. The driving riff, bass and drums makes you feel like you are speeding down the road ready to crash in to everything. There is a break and change in tempo before ripping it again. There is a voice box used on the guitar (like a lot of 80’s rock songs did) and the band crushes it from beginning to end.
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Motley Crue called it quits back in 2016 with The End Farewell Tour. I have The End Deluxe Edition Tombstone set which I love and I have all their CDs (only missing a couple that will be remedied shortly. I was listening to them the other day and thought it was time to rank their Albums from Worst to First. As usual, I will keep it to strictly the Studio albums and will exclude greatest hits and live albums. However, I am going to include the Supersonic And Demonic Relics album which was a collection of rare songs and unreleased tracks. It isn’t a greatest hits collection and I think it stands out nicely on its own.
With all that being said, let’s get started…
10 – THE WORST – ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’ (1985):
The album was an utter disappointment after the first two. There was so much filler and not enough memorable songs. Yes, you have “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” but the album felt lost. The band lost it’s edge of the last two albums and overall it was just lacking. There were a couple other good songs as I really liked “Tonight (We Need a Love)” and “Louder than Hell”. Outside of that it wasn’t the same band. Luckily, the regained that edge for the next release.
The album did well and sold over 4 million copies and went to #6 on Billboard. The success of the ballad “Home Sweet Home” was good enough to keep the momentum going and drive further success, but it is one of the albums I revisit the least.
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Motley Crue just released a 30th Anniversary edition of Girls, Girls, Girls. It is totally unnecessary concsidering they aren’t offering anything new. Look to Def Leppard and Whitesnake in how to do a 30th Anniversary Edition. Plus, I just bought The End box set so I don’t need that album again. Because of all this, I thought we would laugh at and with Motley Crue for this week’s Tuesday’s Memes. They are usually good for a few laughs. Enjoy!
This one made me laugh for some strange reason. It is not like Crue was original to begin with.
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I have been wanting this box set since the day it was announced. I finally was able to get my hands on a copy and couldn’t be happier. Well, almost. Let’s first talk about what is wrong with this box set. There is a HUGE OMISSION of several albums. The albums ‘Motley Crue’, ‘Generation Swine’ and ‘New Tattoo” are for some strange, f**king reason are not included in this box set. I am sure they had a reason, but a good reason it was absolutely not!
Now that I got that out of the way…the Motley Crue Box Set is to commemorate the 35 years of the band. The set goes through their final show on December 31st, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Motley Crue were
- Vince Neil – Vocals
- Nikki Sixx – Bass
- Mick Mars – Guitar
- Tommy Lee – Drums
I mentioned briefly what was wrong, now let’s go through what was included in the box set and what they did get right.
The Case: As you can see from the featured image, the case is actually quite large. It is a grave headstone marking the death (or ‘The End’) of Motley Crue. My youngest daughter thought that it was weird, but it is actually quite fitting for the occasion. When full, the case is rather heavy and seems durable enough for its purpose. The only down side is it won’t fit in my LP cabinet as you can see from the picture as well. However, it is nice enough to be a nice accent to the cabinet when I place it on top.
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