For My Sunday Song #181, we are going to tackle the song “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. In fact, the next 10 songs will all be Motley Crue songs. I figured we will start with a bang and with very early Crue. “Live Wire” is off the debut album “Too Fast for Love” which came out in 1982 and reached #24 on the BillBoard Hot Rock songs chart. Not bad, but it was MTV that made them blow up, not the radio.
If you’ve seen the Motley Crue movie “The Dirt”, you will see that Nikki’s childhood wasn’t the greatest. This song is about that life and the domestic violence he was surrounded with. The way he was treated and his mom by his stepdads is played out in the song. The verse below spells it out nicely…well not really…
I’ll either break her face
Or take down her legs
Get my ways at will
Go for the throat
Never let loose
Goin’ in for the kill
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on top tonight
I have seen people say it is about rape and glamorizing that behavior, but that is far from the truth. The song was a way for Nikki to work through his demons and what he experienced as a child.
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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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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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