Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Feelgood’

musicbowl 53Last year, we skipped doing MusicBowl 52 because I couldn’t find a suitable band from Philadelphia to challenge a band from New England. Well that has all changed thanks to some tweets and some Instagram posts courtesy of Nikki Sixx. Nikki has proclaimed his allegiance to the Los Angeles Rams on several occasions and I have seen Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sing the national anthem while wearing a Patriots jersey. So, I figured the perfect matchup for this year’s MusicBowl was to have to be Motley Crue vs Aerosmith as it is the LA Rams vs the New England Patriots in SuperBowl LIII (53 for those who do not know Roman numerals). It makes the most sense since Aerosmith threw the first shot at Motley Crue in 1987 with Dude Looks Like A Lady, but it didn’t matter much when Motley Crue silenced their critics with 1989’s Dr. Feelgood which happened to be the band’s biggest selling and charted album of their careers with great songs like the title track, Kickstart My Heart, and Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). One thing you do have to remember is that the original Toxic Twins were in Aerosmith who were making waves in the 1970’s when guys like Tommy Lee and Vince Neil were still in junior high. Both bands have had legendary careers and were the tops of their genre and have had some legendary comeback stories as well. The problem is that only one of them can win MusicBowl LIII much like only team will come up victorious tonight in Atlanta. I am going to run the poll in two areas with this one being one and the second run through Twitter where you will have until 8:30PM ET tonight to decide. Two legendary bands, but only one can win, vote and enjoy!!! Also below the voting poll is also some examples to help you decide.

motley crueTonight is supposedly when all bad things come to an end for hair metal legends Motley Crue as they prepare to play their last show ever tonight at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s kind of a sad moment for yours truly as Motley Crue was the first metal band that I fell in love with when I was a kid. I can remember hanging out with my older brother listening to Shout At The Devil on Cassette at night. I can still feel the electricity I felt the first time I saw all the original members back together again in 2005 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. I can remember being right in front of Tommy Lee when he shot up to the ceiling to do his drum solo at The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI the following year. I remember riding the bus to school every day with my walkman listening to Dr. Feelgood which I forced my mother to buy me (I was only 7 when the album came out).

10508181_104158163295753_1280681589_nI remember being blown away by how close to the stage I was when I worked the Pit for Cruefest 2 at The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Motley Crue has filled my life with so many great moments and memories that I just wanted to take the time to thank the band. I can’t believe that this is the end, but the end is just the beginning of something new. We have solo material to look forward to from Vince Neil, we have Nikki Sixx’s amazing band Sixx AM to look forward to, and whatever Tommy Lee or Mick Mars decides to do in the future. So, for all you lucky Californians that get to see this show, revel in the moment and soak it all up and party like it’s 1985 all over again. Never fear though because the band announced that the final show is being taped for a concert film that will air in theaters and be shown on Pay Per View. The concert side is being directed by Christian Lamb while Jackass director Jeff Tremaine directs the documentary side of the film. Be on the look out for that and stay updated by going here. With all of that being said, R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015) thanks for all the memories.

As most of you already know that I am a huge Motley Crue fan since I was three years old and that is not a lie. I’m 33 years old now and the Crue have been around a little longer than that, but that hasn’t stopped them from tearing it up. The band last year announced that they were going to call it a day saying that “all bad things must end.” The band said that you may in the future see new Crue songs (not albums), but they would never tour again after the last tour date in December of this year unless all the members agreed to do it. As is the case with most of their last few tours the band has written new music for each tour as you can remember before the final tour announcement, Sex was the latest song from the band. For the final tour, the band wrote the track All Bad Things which coincides with what the band had been saying in the press conference. The band has also released a music video for the track and that is why it is this week’s Music Video Of The Week. The video for the song is a retrospective video that shows you footage from when they got together all the way through all the albums which show all their transformations with each album. It’s cool to see footage of them in the Shout At The Devil days all the way through Dr. Feelgood and the current time.You get to see all the hi-jinks that Nikki and Tommy were always up to as well as seeing the new rig they brought along on the tour. Check out the band and say goodbye before they “leave” forever and in the meantime check out the video below:

717X-fRStVL._SL1036_I was trying to think of something special to have for the 50TH album of the week post on this blog. I had Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power as the 25TH album of the week and rightfully so as it’s my favorite album from them. So, since Mötley Crüe announced that they were going to do their final tour yesterday in a press conference which you can read about here. So, I decided to choose a Mötley Crüe record for the 50TH Album Of The Week considering they are my favorite band. The album I chose is celebrating it’s 25TH Anniversary on September 5 and at the time it was the last album that would feature Vince Neil on vocals until he returned for 1997’s Generation Swine. It was also the first album to feature what we were told was a fully sober Mötley Crüe who had their Girls, Girls, Girls tour cut short because their management felt they would have died in Europe if they had continued. It is also Mötley Crüe’s highest selling album and their first album to chart at number one on the Billboard Top 200.

61iLM692csLT.N.T (Terror In Tinseltown) is the intro to the album that kicks off with a solo from Mick Mars before we get some EMT’s speaking and police sirens before it kicks into the title track and first single off the record. Dr. Feelgood is the only gold certified single that Mötley Crüe ever had in their careers and it’s a track about the rise and fall of a Mexican drug lord. Slice Of Your Pie starts with a real bluesy beginning before it gets real heavy and sleazy. You can only imagine what the lyrics are about and it’s not food their talking about. Rattlesnake Shake continues the trend with a sleaze tinged blues track all about the way a woman moves her hips that leaves you hypnotized. Then the epic and amazing shot out of a cannon, freight train going a 1000 MPH, turbo charged I want to drive my car way past 100 Kickstart My Heart is next on the album. According to wikipedia, “The introduction is a classic example of a Floyd Rose bridge trick, in which Mick Mars drops three consecutive strings resulting in sound similar to a motorcycle shifting gears, borrowed from the similar-sounding intro to Montrose’s Bad Motor Scooter.” The song is about the 1987 overdose that Nikki went through, but I have to say that this may be one of the most ultimate rock songs of all time.

Motley_Crue-Dr_Feelgood-CDWithout You is the power ballad on the record which is rumored to be about Tommy Lee’s relationship with Heather Locklear. The song features Mick playing a slide guitar during the intro and solo to give the song a little something extra. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S) is a kick ass rock song about lesbianism which is still a concert staple to this day. Sticky Sweet is the power chord heavy sleaze rock song while She Goes Down gets a little naughty with the sound effects and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out what the song is about. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) was always an ultimate must have track from this album in my opinion cause you can relate to it in so many ways. I always felt that it just spoke about life even though it has obvious references to their lives. Nikki once said that he heard it as a line from a film that he couldn’t remember (which was Heartbreak Ridge from 1986) and he also could have heard it in a Blondie song (doubt it) called Just Go Away.

File:WithoutYou.jpgTime For Change is the socially conscious Mötley Crüe at work, but the song features Sebastian Bach and Bob Dowd doing background vocals for the track as well as Bob Rock playing bass on the track. The album features various rock stars doing appearances on the record like Steven Tyler doing the intro to Slice Of Your Pie and background vocals for Sticky Sweet along with Bryan Adams. Robin Zander does background vocals on She Goes Down, Jack Blades On Same Ol Situation and Sticky Sweet. The other element different about this record was the fact that the album also featured background singers for the whole record that the band also brought out on tour with them in Donna McDaniel and Emi Canyn. I am giving this album four and the half stars out of five because it is the ultimate Crüe album that helped cement them as the kings of sleaze. I can not wait to see the Crüe this summer on their final tour ever.

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The Original Album Cover
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I gave everyone on here an option as to what album I was going to review next for the album of the week and it was a tie between Stay Hungry by Twisted Sister and Mötley Crüe’s Shout At The Devil. I bet you can figure out what album I chose to do just based off what the title of this article is. So, with that being said, I chose the second album by the kings of sleaze that was released on September 26, 1983 which means it is celebrating it’s 30TH anniversary this year. It’s weird to think that I am one year older than this record, but very understandable because it still stands the test of time. It was the first and only real heavy metal album that Mötley Crüe put out in their careers and the songs still kick ass every time you hear them live. It was also the album that brought Mötley Crüe international success and some infamy as well because of the use of the Pentagram on the original album cover that would eventually be switched over to a photo of the band. I feel fortunate because I own a copy of the original vinyl with the album cover. The funny fact is that the remastered version of the album contains a warning that the album may contain masked backward messaging due to the possibility of Bassist Nikki Sixx and Drummer Tommy Lee saying “Jesus Is Satan”  on the title track. Vince Neil on Vocals and Mick Mars on guitar round out the gang so let’s check out the tracks.

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In The Beginning starts off the album and it’s basically  just an intro with Nikki Sixx pretending to be the Mötley Crüe mascot Allister Fiend chanting something about the doom of mankind. Right when it’s done, it kicks in to one of the most iconic Mötley Crüe tracks in Shout At The Devil, a track that makes you want to bump your devil horns in the air until your arm is ready to fall. It’s a track that was doomed in the 80’s because the band was being accused of being satan worshipers even though the chorus plainly says in English, “Shout At The Devil” not shout with the devil. The second Looks That Kill kicks in, it’s just ferocious from the beginning till the end and Nikki’s amazing bass and songwriting skills shine through. I always thought that Tommy Lee was an amazing drummer and I love how Bastard starts off with his drum playing fading up as the song starts. The song has punk attitude along to go with it’s 80’s metal groove and it definitely contains one of Mick’s best solos on the album. God Bless The Children of The Beast is another intro, but a fitting intro to describe the family of Charles Manson as the children of the beast before Mötley Crüe gives us their rendition of The Beatles most misinterpreted classic, Helter Skelter. The song is everything we would want out of a cover, it’s heavier and maybe faster than the original. Granted Vince Neil doesn’t have the vocal abilities of any Beatle, but he’s not supposed to.

Mötley_Crüe_Shout_at_the_Devil_back_coverI imagine Vince telling the band give me a little bass and some drums right before they would kick into Red Hot. Then all of a sudden you can hear Mick scrap the pick down the fret board right before the madness begins. You can definitely hear the 70’s punk influence in the track. Too Young To Fall In Love is the best song on the record in my opinion and it has always been one of my favorites. Whenever I needed advice or someone to remind me that at 21, “you are too young to fall in love” I would play this song. Tommy kicks off the song before Mick goes all power chord crazy and this is definitely one of Vince’s best vocal performances on the album. Knock ‘Em Dead was dedicated to the LAPD back in times and it has that ultimate metal riff that just makes you want to headbang. Ten Seconds To Love may be the sleaziest song on the whole record and another one of my favorites. Danger isn’t the worst track on the album, but at 5 years old this song made me afraid of Hollywood because it’s very gloomy and it makes you think that there’s nothing, but tragedy at the end of the song.

shoutOverall, I still believe that this is the greatest album that Mötley Crüe ever put out in their whole entire careers besides Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood. I am so thankful that they left I Will Survive and Black Widow off the record because those tracks would have dragged it down. i remember being a little kid and every time my older brother and I were home alone, He would put the cassette in the tape deck and we would listen this album from beginning to end. So, if I am a little biased towards these guys, then you can understand why. I am giving this masterpiece a 5 stars out of five.

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I remember the first time my oldest brother Lino bought the album Sonic Temple by The Cult, we were on our way to the Azores (Portugal) to visit family and we knew that it was going to be impossible to find anything in the Azores to listen to. I think I was six years old when he bought it, but I remember the fact that Fire Woman had amazed me to the point that I was hooked. I must have hit rewind a thousands times on my cassette player just to listen to that. This was the fourth release for the British rockers and it was the follow up to Electric (which is also an amazing album). It was the last album to feature long time bassist Jamie Stewart and the first to feature former Hall & Oates and Bryan Adams drummer Mickey Curry and of course Billy Duffy on guitars and Ian Astbury on Vocals. The album cover features Billy Duffy posing with his guitar as he obscures a picture of Ian Astbury in the background. The album was produced by rock mastermind Bob Rock who literally has the King Midas touch. Just look at Metallica and Motley Crue for example.

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Sun King kicks off the album with it’s hypnotic guitar intro that leaves you weaving around like a snake before the song just explodes into a pure rock and roll classic. Ian Astbury’s vocals remind you of a bluesy Jim Morrison. Fire Woman was the bread and butter of this album as it reached number two on the Modern Rock Track charts back in 1989 and it was the first single released from the album. The track starts off much the same as the first track with the amazing intro before it kicks off on a hi-octane ride that you’ll never forget. This is one of the songs where Curry’s drum ability really shines through on the record. American Horse starts off a little different than the previous tracks, but it’s one hell of a blues rock song that has swagger.

File:Edieciaobabycover.jpgEdie (Ciao Baby) is the next track on the album and the song stems from Ian’s trip to New York when he was recording the Electric album. He was reading stuff about the fashion scene in New York and he became obsessed with the Velvet Underground and the Factory. So, if you didn’t guess it, the song is about Edie Sedgwick who was a tragic figure of the Factory era. The song starts with acoustic guitars and an orchestral background before it the electric guitars and drums kick in. The two elements blend in so flawlessly together as he sings the tragedy of Edie. Sweet Soul Sister starts off with the keyboards before Duffy chimes in on this straight up rock and roll track about Black Panther Angela Davis. Astbury’s vocals on this track are so full of soul (no pun intended) and the track is so bluesy especially in the breakdown when Stewart plays a funky bass line. New York City is a harder faster song with a punk flare and it’s no wonder when you have Iggy Pop singing backing vocals on the track. Automatic Blues is a balls out blues track that reminds me of Aerosmith’s Love In A Elevator.  The start Soldier Blue has that real punk beginning to it that reminds me of something cheerleaders would want to listen to. I don’t actually know if cheerleaders listened to that, but it’s the first impression I got from it and I don’t know why. Wake Up Time For Freedom is another rock classic from The Cult and even though it’s not as amazing as Fire Woman, Astbury’s vocal abilities and Duffy’s guitar playing combined really make the song pop. I think everyone in 1989 was messing with the blues instead of what they were usually putting out as we heard Cinderella do it with Heartbreak Station and so The Cult do it in the beginning of the song Medicine Train. The song opens with a harmonica and some twangy guitar.

Overall the album sounds amazing and that shouldn’t be a surprise since it was produced by Bob Rock. Rock seems to get the best out of every band that he works with especially during this time period. He had just finished working with Motley Crue for Dr. Feelgood and a year after this he was working with Metallica for The Black Album. This was by far my favorite album from this band and it’s been a hard album to beat in my opinion. I’m not saying The Cult hasn’t released anything good because Choice Of Weapon was a return to form in my opinion. I also feel that The Cult doesn’t get enough credit where credit is due. I am giving the album a grade of four stars out of five for 1989’s Sonic Temple.

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I’m not sure exactly how many people were a big fan of this album and what the initial reception was because I was only four years old when the album was originally released. As a child with significantly older brothers that were into metal, I could name the beast on the album cover because we shared the same first name, but I couldn’t name any of the members at the time. I remember it was the summer of 1990 and I went with my mother to a flea, hoping that she was going to buy me something cool. Instead of wanting a toy at the age of 8, I asked her to buy me three cassettes. She bought me Kiss’s Asylum, Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood, and Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time. I was a huge nut for Motley Crue (believe it or not) when I was a little kid, but there was something about this album that just amazed me when I placed it in the tape deck.

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The album was a little different for Iron Maiden in that it was the first time they had used synthesizers and it was the first album with Bruce Dickinson that he didn’t have one song credit to his name. Bruce, I guess had written some acoustic versions of songs that ended up getting rejected by the rest of the band during the writing process. The album is very notable for having full songs that were written by Adrian Smith, who wrote the albums two singles. It amazing too because the two songs he wrote were my two favorite songs on the album (Wasted Years and Stranger In A Strange Land)It was also the first album not to be released a year after the last one as Harris had stated that he wanted to band to be able to have time to do the record right. Sadly, Iron Maiden pretty much abandoned the album when it came to live shows only playing Wasted Years and Heaven Can Wait.

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The artwork for the album is what really got me interested in buying the album because Eddie was made into a cyborg like hunter. The regular artist of the band Derek Riggs in my opinion made an album cover that could hold a diehard fan’s attention for a longtime as you found all of the goodies that were laid on the cover. I’ll give you a couple of examples. A banner with the words, “This is a very boring painting” is displayed backwards within the lobby of the Bradbury Towers Hotels International. This can be seen to the left of Eddie’s right leg. The last example is An Eye of Horus neon sign at the top of a building, is a reference to the song, “Powerslave”. Those are just two examples of many that can be seen and as an eight year old kid, it sure as heck kept me busy for a long time. One thing that I will say before I get into the songs themselves is that I felt that a lot of Iron Maiden songs were like history lessons and this album had an example of that right in it.

File:Stranger in a Strange Land.jpgAs I had stated before, my two favorite songs on the album were the Wasted Years and Stranger In A Strange Land. Wasted Years starts out with Adrian’s trademark intro riff that displays what a masterful guitar player he is before you hear it kick in to the song about how the last tour had brought so much baggage, but in the end it was a decision the band doesn’t regret. It’s a song that no matter how many times I hear it, I still enjoy playing air guitar to. Stranger In A Strange Land contains some real epic riffs from Smith and even though it doesn’t feature Harris’s galloping bass lines, his playing in the intro of the song is still amazing and it gets you in the mood to head bang. The track is about a man that gets frozen in ice only to be discovered 100 years later by other explorer’s. Caught Somewhere In Time is another great track that starts the album which features some epic riffing and some galloping bass. Sea Of Madness featured more epic and funky bass playing from Harris with an amazing pre-chorus and some blazing  power chords. Alexander The Great starts with the King telling his son to conquer more land for a bigger kingdom before it breaks into the very slow guitar riff with Nicko playing a cadence military style drumming.  Then the epic guitar playing comes in before the madness begins. It’s a great history lesson from the professors.

Deja-Vu starts the same way as Alexander The Great did without the intro and military drumming. It’s a song that is about exactly what the title suggests, feel like you’ve been here before? Heaven Can Wait  is another epic song about realizing that you’re slowly dying, but you fight death because you refuse to die and their’s a part after the chorus that just makes you want to chant along with Maiden. The only song I was never crazy for was The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner because I never felt a song about track was cool enough for Metal. Overall, I give this album a final grade of 4 stars out of 5 as this was the last album from Maiden that I enjoyed from beginning to end until A Matter Of Life And Death.