Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1994 Articles » Motley Crue - 1994 Motley Crue
Motley Crue - 1994 Motley Crue

ARTIST: Motley Crue
ALBUM: Motley Crue
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 61534-2
YEAR: 1994
CD REISSUE: 2000, Eleven Seven, ESM 351 * 2003, Universal, 038 666-2


LINEUP: John Corabi - vocals * Mick Mars - guitars * Nikki Six - bass * Tommy Lee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Power To The Music * 02 Uncle Jack * 03 Hooligan's Holiday * 04 Misunderstood * 05 Loveshine * 06 Poison Apples * 07 Hammered * 08 'Til Death Do Us Part * 09 Welcome To The Numb * 10 Smoke The Sky * 11 Droppin Like Flies * 12 Driftaway * 13 Hypnotized * 14 Babykills * 15 Livin' In The Know

WEBLINKS: www.motley.com

After a decade of dominating the North American hard rock scene Motley Crue sacked vocalist Vince Neil in less than acrimonious circumstances during 1992. With Neil gone and heading straight into his first solo album 'Exposed', the Crue made the best decision of their career and hired The Scream's John Corabi, a more deep throated and traditional hard rock belter. The self-titled album was two years in coming and hideously over budget, but it turned out to be Motley's heaviest album since 'Shout At The Devil' as well as one of the best of the whole sorry 90's hard rock scene. Although it reached no 7, the album quickly faded from the charts, the Crue out of favour with a grunge orientated rock scene.

The Songs
Masters of the anthem, Motley don't mess about, launching into 'Power To The Music', far more bottom ended courtesy of Sixx's bass and with chunky riffing from Mars. Corabi's range is instantly more tangible than the one dimensional pitch of Neil, giving the sound some credibilty. There's a stunning trio of memorable tunes immediately following, 'Uncle Jack, 'Hooligan's Holiday' and 'Misunderstood', all melodic while remaining aggressive, a Crue trait ended in 1983! 'Loveshine' is Led Zeppelin like acoustic fare, very pleasant in tone and ultra commercial. 'Poison Apples' is a slight 80's throwback, but in reality it's classic rock that fits any decade. 'Hammered' and 'Til Death To Us Part' are slow, sludge like tunes, intensely moody, the exact opposite of the faster 'Smoke the Sky', with what sounds like fifty guitarists riffing at once to massive impact. Listening to 'Droppin Like Flies' reminds one of 1989 in the verses, but the band are happy to conclude affairs with more acoustics, this time 'Driftaway', aptly titled with it's light, dreamy feel.

In Summary
Despite producing a latter day classic, the Crue were accused of flirting with grunge, an incorrect observation. The styles range from 70's through 90's, the first time Motley Crue had diversified their sound. The tour unfortunately was a major flop, with shows ending up in clubs as Motley found out the hard way that 80's rock was obselete in the mainstream, fair or unfair. Typically the fault was laid at the shoulders of Corabi and as the band readied their next album, Vince Neil was brought back at the whim of Elektra who decided Neil would bring the glory days back. Thankfully he hasn't, and after two insufferable albums, 1997's 'Generation Swine' and 2000's 'New Tattoo', the Crue seem to have packed it in, with more interest in their sordid past than their music. With Corabi the band could have gone on to do anything, their loss. Satisfy yourself with their lone masterpiece.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Motley Crue 
#1 | jeffduran on March 31 2008 00:24:26
Agree! Just an overlooked piece of raw rock if there ever was one! Puts 'Dr. Feelgood' to shame in terms of sonic ferocity! The band playing their asses off. clap
#2 | gdazegod on March 31 2008 01:23:51
A review of the MC debut 'Too Fast For Love' is in the works.
#3 | MUSCLE on March 28 2010 18:20:10
this is the stuff right here. supreme hard rock. corabi kills it on vocals.
#4 | reyno-roxx on March 28 2010 19:53:20
A very underrated record. Corabi rules...should've joined Britny Fox though when he was offered it Grin but he had the pre-The Scream gig with Angora going on at the time.
#5 | spawn71 on May 25 2013 16:54:56
I agree with the other comments... When it was released I simply didn't like it so much, but now I think that it's really a great record, one of the peaks of Crue's career!
#6 | Explorer on December 19 2013 12:28:33
Superb...overlooked at the time, but now rightly seen as a great album.
#7 | gdazegod on March 02 2014 00:50:50
Pity John Corabi got the shaft after this album. We probably should look at The Scream album on these pages too..
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 50% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 50% [1 Vote]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Best of 2009 - 2009 gdazegod, Tantrum - 1979 Rather Be Rockin', Trust (#2) - 1970 Le Mutant, Visitor - 1980 Visitor, Snakecharmer - 1998 Backyard Boogaloo, Entwistle, John - 1996 The Rock, Fortnox - 1982 Fortnox, Dixon House Band - 1979 Fighting Alone, Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1969 Good Morning Starshine, Bardens, Peter - 1979 Heart To Heart, Sunstorm - 2011 Emotional Fire, Queensr˙che - 1986 Rage For Order, Wild Horses (UK) - 1981 Stand Your Ground, April Wine - 1982 Power Play, Queen - 1982 Hot Space
Bodine Meduza Ten Sharp Rock Candy Records Lone Star Pantera Michael Learns To Rock John Parr Geoffrey Downes Charlene Last Great Dreamers Jonah Koslen Phil Vincent DErcole Guido Mineo Enchant Y and T The Machine EP Yes Pantera Cutting Crew Thinkman Hope Krokus Eric Kaz Craig Fuller Foreigner Mick Jones Rose (Canada) Todd Rundgren World War III Danger Danger Mastercastle France (Band) EP
All Tags
Search DDG