For My Sunday Song #185, we will discuss “Afraid” by Motley Crue off their 1997 release ‘Generation Swine’. This was the first single off the album and first single to feature Vince Neil back in the band. The song reached #10 on the rock charts, but I don’t remember much noise being made as music had changed significantly.
The song was written by Nikki Sixx and was about his relationship with Donna D’Errico. As she felt she was getting to close to him, she ended up running away. I think he feels she is so broken that she is incapable of a relationship. That fear of being too close to anyway; heck, I think that is something we have all felt at one time or another.
Musically, the song rocks out, they tried to modernize their sound to fit the late 90’s and they do a good job. However, it sounds like Motley Crue like it should. They didn’t try and turn it in to anything grunge thankfully as Grunge was kind of over at this point. The guitar work by Mick is great, loud and heavy, but has a melodic feel that gives the tune some solid emotion. Nikki and Tommy lay down the groove and keep a great rhythm. Vince sounds fantastic. The trademark little screams and it was nice to hear the band back together again.
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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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