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R-2542972-1500984918-1755.jpegIt is Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies where we are celebrating the release of the band’s brand new Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22). We figured that we would cap off Mötley Crüe week by covering one of the band’s albums for the Album Of The Week post and we are giving you two albums for the price of one this week. On November 10, 1981, the band which was made up of Vince Neil (Vocals), Nikki Sixx (Bass), Mick Mars (Guitars), and Tommy Lee (Drums) would self release their debut album Too Fast For Love on their own label Leathür Records. Eventually when the band was signed to Elektra Records, the label would remix the album and re-release it in August of 1982. As far as the track lisiting and artwork is concerned, we are giving you the Leathür Records Edition of the album which features ten tracks as opposed to the nine track Elektra Records release. The original pressing of the album was limited to 900 copies to which the band quickly sold and the re-released version  eventually went Platinum while also peaking at 77 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

MOTLEY_CRUE_TOO+FAST+FOR+LOVE+-+1ST+ISSUE+2ND+PRESSING+WINSERT+1-951b1. Live Wire– The fierce and ferocious opener kicks off the show with one of the most popular tracks that band performed throughout their careers. I think the track is about when your young you think you’re unstoppable just because what you think you bring to the table is fresh and new. 5/5

2. Public Enemy #1-an awesome track that takes a look at how amazing just being young, wild, and free is because you break all the rules and everyone wants you. The song was co-written with Nikki’s former London bandmate Lizzie Grey who is credited on the song. 5/5

3. Take Me To The Top– an amazing song that has a slight punk rock feel to it at times that is all about fighting those inner demons and temptations as you go to the top. 5/5

4. Merry-Go-Round– a slow and methodical track that apparently is about something that Nikki witnessed as a kid in Seattle when he saw a man refuse to come off a Merry Go Round and was taken away in a straitjacket. 5/5

5. Piece of Your Action– This is the last track on side A and one of two songs that Vince Neil co-wrote on the album that is the original version of Ten Seconds To Love (not really, but as far as lyrical meaning it is). 5/5

Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (Leathur) - Back Cover6. Starry Eyes-Another amazing song that is musically in the same style as Merry-Go-Round and it’s all about a girl who you are just memorized by because she can do things no other can. The song features one of my favorite builds up to a guitar solo the band has ever done. 5/5

7. Stick to Your Guns– a very Aerosmith like swagger to the track int he beginning before the band launches into overdrive Mötley Crüe style. The track is all about doing what you think is right for you and screw what everyone else says. 5/5

8. Come on and Dance-a cool, raw hard rock classic that is all about a stripper and what this stripper can do that just hooks all the guys in. You have to love the cowbell playing that Tommy Lee includes in this song. 5/5

9. Too Fast For Love-The second best track on the record that is already amazing to begin with and that punk infused rock is awesome in this track that is all about living that rock star life. 5/5

10. On With The Show– Another amazing song and what an amazing track to end an album with. The track is song is almost autobiographical at the time for the year as it chronicles the death of Frank Feranna Jr. and the birth of Nikki Sixx. This is the second song on the album that was co-written by Vince Neil. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Besides Shout At The Devil, this may be the greatest Mötley Crüe record ever recorded due to the fact of how hungry the band was and how raw their sound was in this track. Shout featured a more polished sound that was provided thanks to Elektra and their resources. I love every single song on this record which is why I am going to give the album 5 stars out of five for a final grade. Welcome to the five star club!!!

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.

This week’s choice for Cover Of The Week I will admit that I am not sure if it’s a weird one or a typical choice, but I am leaning towards the latter. While Nikki Sixx swore to the world that he would never play Motley Crue songs with Sixx: A.M., he did just that for a French radio show as Sixx: A.M. covered Motley Crue’s Live Wire. The only cool thing about the cover is like Nikki Sixx said in a tweet, “True but the band had a great idea to do a haunting version just for French Radio” which is what the band did on the La Bande Originale de Nagui radio show. The song is performed acoustically and it’s slowed down dramatically giving it that haunting feeling that Nikki is talking about. James Michael does an amazing job handling the vocals giving the track a whole new life to it. It was very impressive to hear and you guys should check it out. The band is currently touring Europe, but they’ll be back in the states later on. Check out all their tour dates here.

Yesterday I posted an article expressing my feelings on the final chapter of Motley Crue which took place last night at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was January of 2014 with the big press conference that took place where it all started for the Crue, they declared that they were going to hang it all up for good signing a cessation of touring. The only way the band could tour together is that all four members of the Crue had to agree on it otherwise the band was no more. What started out as just 7o plus dates on The Final Tour turned into 164 with the 164TH show last night. It must have been a bittersweet moment for everyone at The Staples Center as the most decadent group of the 80’s ran through their classics like Smoking In The Boys Room, Kickstart My Heart, Wild Side, Shout At The Devil, Wild Side, Girls, Girls, Girls, Live Wire, Saints Of Los Angeles, and so many more. The band closed out the show with the one track that made me want to be a rock star and that was Home Sweet Home. Once the show was over Vince tweeted out, “It was a privilege and honor to play with these guys! Rock on!” Nikki simply tweeted a picture of a typewriter with the words The End. I have the performance of Home Sweet Home here for all of you thanks to some fan filmed footage. Check it out, enjoy it, and thank you for the memories. R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015)

Motley Crue, Dec. 31, 2015, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Set List

1. “Girls, Girls, Girls”
2. “Wild Side”
3. “Primal Scream”
4. “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)”
5. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”
6. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”
7. “Looks That Kill”
8. “Mutherf—er of the Year”
9. “Anarchy in the U.K.”
10. “Shout at the Devil”
11. “Louder Than Hell”
12. Drum Solo
13. Guitar Solo
14. “Saints of Los Angeles”
15. “Live Wire”
16. “Dr. Feelgood”
17. “Kickstart My Heart”

Encore

18. “Home Sweet Home”