My Sunday Song – “Hooligan’s Holiday” by Motley Crue

For My Sunday Song #183, we are going to discuss a song from the self-titled gem called “Hooligan’s Holiday”. The song was the first single off their 1994 album and was the first song the world got to hear with new lead singer John Corabi.  The song did pretty well reaching #10 on the U.S. Rock charts, but overall the album was a dud, sales wise.  I find it to be quite a satisfying record and one of Crue’s best although the band now ignores this album.  But it is an album that shouldn’t be ignored.

The title of the song come from the news that Nikki was watching during the LA Riots where the broadcaster stated that the rioters were on a Hooligan’s Holiday.  Nikki liked it so much he and John based a song around that concept.  The song is basically about living large and doing whatever you want.  What started out as a demo between John and Nikki that no one wanted to do, became the first single and one of the more popular songs on the album.

The song is a pure, fun, rock song.  It sounds like Crue at a time when Crue were going through major changes with a new lead singer.  It opens with Mick and Tommy hitting a few riffs and fills and turns in to a ball buster when the whole band kicks in.  The song has balls and delivers quite a punch.  John Corab’s gravelly voice gives the vocals an edge of rebellion and toughens up the sound of the band without the high vocals they would have had with Vince Neil.  It was the perfect combination the band needed and for me a shot of adrenaline the band needed.

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