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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!!!

51qMElGc5NL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_It is Motley Crue week here on Moshpits and Movies as we continue to celebrate the release of the new Netflix rock biopic The Dirt which is based off of one of the best selling rock autobiographies The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band that was written by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Nikki Sixx alongside Neil Stauss and we are covering here for Heavy Metal Book Report. The way the book works is that each member of the band gets their own chapter to tell some wild and insane stories that also features chapters from Doc McGhee and Tom Zutant as well. The book tells the wild and insane story of the one of the 1980’s most decadent and dangerous bands in the world as they take you on a true journey through sex, drugs, and good ole fashioned rock and roll Motley Crue style. You get to travel alongside the band as they describe all their triumphs alongside all the tragedies that made the band notorious all over the world. It’s a one way ticket through hell and back so you better make sure that your strapped in because it’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Hear all the stories that made the film like the story of Bullwinkle, the tragic death of Razzle and everything that happened while Vince was in jail to the night that Nikki Sixx died and came back to life and so much more.

91S8-v4yBBLFor anyone that has read this book, there is so much that I would have loved to have seen make the film, but I understand how screen writing works versus writing a novel. One of the things that is probably going to happen to you is that if you had a favorite member before, it could possible change during this book. That was one of the things that happened to me when I read this book. I was a huge Vince Neil fan growing up because I thought he was the coolest frontman ever, but after reading the book I instantly became a fan of Nikki Sixx who is the unsung hero of the band. You have to read about his journey as a kid to adult that was toned down heavily in the film because it will shock the hell out of you. There is one story that just tugs on your heart strings and it’s about a sister that he never knew he had and the tragedy behind that story will bring a tear to your eye. One of the things that made me laugh at times was how every member had plenty of pages per chapter and then there’s Mick Mars who at times wouldn’t write much. He lived up to his persona even in the book, but he has some pretty interesting info as far as his backstory is concerned. As I said before in the previous paragraph, this book takes you on one hell of a ride and you’ll feel so dirty when it’s done that you’ll need a shower (just kidding, but seriously though). This is probably my favorite rock autobiography of all time that has never been duplicated and with that being said, I am giving the book five stars out of five for a final grade.

the dirtWhile Jordan Peele’s new horror film US may dominate what is on people’s minds this weekend, there was one film that was undeniably on my radar. Back in 2001, the world’s most notorious and decadent group to ever come out of the 1980’s was none other than Mötley Crüe and the band dished on everything with their book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band which was written by the band and Neil Strauss that helped spark a revolution in rock autobiographies that still dominates to this day. Then back when Mötley Crüe’s retirement tour announcement came in 2013, we found out that Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) was going to direct the film adaptation of the book called The Dirt. The film stars Douglas Booth (Noah) as Nikki Sixx, Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon (Game Of Thrones) as Mick Mars, and Daniel Webber (Thumper) as Vince Neil, the charismatic lead singer as the film follows the journey of their humble beginnings all the way through triumph, tragedy, and rebirth as we navigate through the hairspray filled, spandex covered Sunset Strip via Netflix. The film also stars Pete Davidson (Set It Up) as Tom Zutant, Christian Gehring (The Brink) as David Lee Roth, David Costabile (Breaking Bad) as Doc McGhee, Tony Cavalero (The Duff) as Ozzy Osbourne, Max Milner as Razzle, Rebekah Graf (The Amityville Murders) as Heather Locklear, Vince Mattis (Halloween) as Frank Feranna Jr., and many more.

crueAnyone that asks me how the film was is going to wonder how the film was in comparison to another film by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that just isn’t fair in my book. They are two completely different bands with two completely different outcomes and Mötley Crüe certainly didn’t allow them to hold back in this one with any of the ugly details. I definitely thought that was the key to how great this film was because while it does look like the most extravagant life, it shows you that deep down not everything is what it seems to be after a while. While that film did an amazing job as far as casting was concerned, I think the casting crew did an amazing job with the guys they found for this film because I believed that I was watching Mötley Crüe right in front of my eyes. One of the guys who deserves a lot of credit is Colson Baker who plays the wild man Tommy Lee and with the amount of experience he had in acting as compared to the others, he nailed it in my book from the beginning all the way to his look during Dr. Feelgood and beyond. Obviously, you can’t fit everything that you read from a book into a film so a lot of stuff had to be cut out of the book like the fact that Nikki Sixx was dating Lita Ford during the Shout At The Devil days and they left out Tommy’s relationship with Pamela Anderson from the film.

ozzyThere are a lot of scenes and moments in the film that will just leave quite the impact on you and one of those scenes were the moments Vince had when his late daughter Skylar was sick with stomach cancer. Those were some emotionally tough scenes to watch because it was so real and so many people in the world can relate to the struggle. Another one of those scenes was the death of Nicholas Dingley a.k.a. Razzle of Hanoi Rocks who grew to be a very good friend of the band and his death was a huge turning point for the band that would effect them for years to come as you’ll see and read about in the book. One of the things that was absolutely amazing was how they transformed the Sunset Strip and all of the clubs to look like it’s heyday. The set designers deserve an Oscar for the work they put into this film recreating that as well as recreating all the amazing stage setups that Mötley Crüe had from their original club days all the way through. The costume designers also deserve an Oscar for the amazing job they did as they pulled it off and made me believe I was back in the 1980’s. This film is a work of art that needs to be checked out by Mötley Crüe fans everywhere. I would definitely rank this film right up there with some of my favorite rock biopics ever and if you’ve never read the book, do yourself a favor and check it out. The acting is great, the cinematography was great, the editing was great, and the film just kicked ass. I am going to give The Dirt an A+ for a final grade because I also loved the Goodfellas style narrating that you get from each member.

The Dirt SingleThe film that you all have been waiting for since the rumors some years ago and the announcement during their retirement tour press conference is going to drop on Netflix this month. That’s right, I am talking about the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt which stars Machine Gun Kelly a.k.a. Colson Baker as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx. To celebrate the film, the band returned to the studio to record four tracks together which includes a cover of Madonnas Like A Virgin and the track we chose for today’s Rock Single of the Week in The Dirt (Est. 1981) featuring Machine Gun Kelly. The track at first has a very Shout At The Devil feel with the intro, but when the band comes in, it’s very Saints Of Los Angeles sounding which is cool because it’s the natural evolution of the Crüe. If you wondering what it sounds like with Machine Gun Kelly, I have to say that his part is not overwhelming as it fits the track perfectly and it doesn’t overtake it. One of the other common questions asked is how is the band getting back in the studio without wanting to reunite and tour? Nikki answered that question in an interview with Classic Rock saying, “Yeah, I miss the guys, and I miss playing with them, and playing that music, but everyone’s fairly busy with their own thing. That’s a whole conversation that we haven’t even had at that point.” He however did not deny nor confirm the rumors, but simple said, “I don’t know if we ever will.” Check out the film on Netflix and check out the single below:

1800256For an album and a time that was super decadent, I feel that I have to set the tone before I can review this week’s album of the week. The year is 1985 and you’re lead singer has served whatever little time that he received for killing your band’s best friend in Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. What is your band supposed to do at this point in time when all the proverbial sh** has hit the fan? Most bands would crumble without their star lead singer behind the helm and then there are bands that would simply move on and try to find another singer to take his place. That is what 1980’s hair metal legends Mötley Crüe did when lead singer Vince Neil was arrested and charged. Nikki Sixx (bassist) took control of the situation as he started to write new material for the band’s third album Theater Of Pain and then he almost had Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy take Vince’s spot. Luckily for the band, that didn’t need to happen as Vince was eventually released and the album was recorded despite the tensions between the rest of the band (guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee) and Vince. The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 200 as it went well on it’s way to going four times platinum.

Elektra1. City Boy Blues– The first track on the record that kicks off the new, more glam oriented style for the band as Nikki wrote the song about being a country kid now injected into the city life. 4.5/5

2. Smokin’ In The Boys Room– This is the bands cover of the Brownsville Station classic which helped put them back on the map. 5/5

3. Louder Than Hell– Originally written during the Shout At The Devil sessions and known as Hotter Than Hell originally. The song was reworked and turned into this classic about their love for Metal. This is as close as you’ll get to Shout. 5/5

4. Keep Your Eye On The Money– an interesting track that sounds like their singing about gambling, but I think it’s more about the gamble you take in life in the music business. 4.5/5

5. Home Sweet Home– The ultimate 1980’s ballads which was the ballsiest move the band did at the time because no other band had done it. A live staple that begins and ends with Tommy on Piano. It’s about life on the road and in a little side note this track is what made me fall in love with Mötley Crüe. 5/5

Motley Crue - Theatre Of Pain -ak-6. Tonight (We Need A Lover)– interesting track that is all about the backstage festivities that went on during the decadent 80’s. 4/5

7. Use It Or Lose It– An in your face track that is about life in the fast lane and how you better use it before you lose it. 4/5

8. Save Our Souls– Power chord heaven as this track opens up with a bluesy tinge to Mick’s guitar. It’s another track that explores their decadent ways and how their lucky to be alive. 4/5

9. Raise Your Hands to Rock– a track that starts with a more clean channel guitar sound at times in this anthem about never giving up on the dream of becoming a rock and roll star. 4/5

10. Fight For Your Rights– a track that is all about living your life to the fullest no matter what laws or what people have to say. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I always thought highly of this album even back in 1985 when my brother would play it for me. After all it contains the quintessential ballad of the 80’s which is also my favorite track on the album. Sure, Mötley Crüe did what any band would do and that is they got better with every release. My least favorite track on the album is actually Raise Your Hands To Rock. I am giving the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

1313We already know that Nikki Sixx is back with Sixx: A.M. after the end of Motley Crue and we already know that Vince is planning to go solo. What we do not know is what the remaining members of the Crue are up to. Well, last night I discovered just what Mick Mars has been up to lately since the band played their last show on New Years Eve. Mick has released a teaser trailer for a new project that I believe is called 1313. The project features Mick on guitar and John Corabi, the former replacement singer of Motley Crue (he replaced Vince Neil in 1992) on vocals. They tease a new track called Gimme Blood and it sounds amazing. It sounds almost like the music he created with the Crue with the self titled album and let’s be honest because that was an amazing record in it’s own right. The music sounds amazing and I am waiting to hear more information about the project. So, check out the teaser below and as soon as I find out more information I will let you guys know.

unnamedI have a couple of pieces of Lemmy Kilmister news for all you Motorhead faithful out there. A bronze statue is going to be erected in Hollywood outside the Rainbow in honor the late legend. A Youcaring crowdfunding campaign was started and the goal was to raise $21,000 with artist Travis Moore not charging a single fee for it and to date they have raised the money. If you still want to donate to the cause, you can do so by going here. The next piece of the news is according to the House Of Hair, “Lemmy will once again have an iconic action figure available for purchase.  Originally released in 2008 as the first piece in LocoApe’s ongoing Icon Figure series, the six-inch tall figure will be reissued in July. There are four different figures – each version will have a different Rickenbacker replica bass guitar (featuring real strings!), a microphone a stand and a base.

In more Lemmy related news, Alice Cooper was asked about the tribute his supergroup The Hollywood Vampires (Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper) were doing in honor of Lemmy at The Grammys. He said, “We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too. He was always funny,” he continues. “I’m a ‘healed’ alcoholic and I haven’t had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, ‘Alice, I’ve quit drinking.’ And he’s got a glass in his hand. And I go, ‘Really?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, I don’t drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.’ And I went, ‘Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?’ He said, well it’s a step down from whiskey.’ And I went, ‘OK. Any step’s a good step.”

skid rowThis next piece of news, I do not know what to think of it because I think enough is enough. I obviously do not know the full story as to why Skid Row hasn’t reunited with Sebastian Bach, but I think they need to bury the hatchet and get back together. Anyways, the band may have a brand new lead singer or at least that is what people believe when they showed up to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The band showed up with former Dragonforce singer ZP Theart singing a whole entire set including the classics like I Remember You, 18 & Life, and even Youth Gone Wild. To check out his version of I Remember You, just click here. While I believe that he is a good singer, I just do not feel that he is a perfect fit for a band like Skid Row. Johnny Solinger was a better fit for the band because he had a ferocity to his vocals. It remains to be seen what comes of this, but I will keep you posted.

mayhem2014-8733We covered Asking Alexandria with one of our posts a week or two ago, but nothing has come up with former singer Danny Worsnop. Now we have some exciting news to share with all of you as Danny reveals the first of four album covers for his solo record The Prozac Sessions. Here is what he posted, “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, album cover A. Every piece of artwork was so perfect that I have decided to use them all, which means there will be four versions of the album, all with different visuals. I am thinking of writing a couple more songs so that each version will have a different bonus track.

 I’m in Nashville now to talk to labels and find a home for what I’ve created. Stay tuned for more news and updates. See you on the other side!” Check out the first of four album covers below:

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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”