Rock Power Magazine, Summer 1991


 

Mr. Sixx graces the cover of the British publication Rock Power Magazine in mid 1991.


Here is all the Crue content present in this issue including a gossip item about Vince going into rehab to deal with a drinking problem said to have been partly due the failure of his marriage with Sharise Ruddell. Motley's personal woes were always news in the Rock media of the day.


Tommy took part in the charity baseball game for the T. J. Martell Foundation in 1991. Lee and other Rock celebrities raised money for Lukemia research.


Nikki talks about the soon-to-be-released Decade of Decadence and the upcoming UK Monsters of Rock Festival performances. The next Motley record is discussed and is promised to be a more experimental Crue.

Crue Pin-Ups and Posters Home Video, 1991


Waaaayyy back in February of 1991
I made a three minute video showing many of my Motley pin-ups and posters from Rock magazines. I was fifteen years old. Back in those days, if I met a fellow Crue fan who said they didn't like the tune "Save Our Souls" from 1985's THEATRE OF PAIN, I thought they were jokers.
Enjoy!

School Notebook Crue Art and 2019's "The Dirt"



Going through some boxes at my folks' place recently I stumbled upon these old English and Math class notebook duo-tangs from the early 1990s. Tagging your school books with your favourite bands was a busy pastime for us old-school Metal Heads. I'm glad I went to public school where no one told me I couldn't graffiti my books! Looks like I was listening to Faith No More and Nazareth at the time, too. 


While we're here we thought we'd share the trailer for the Crue bio coming to Netflix on March 22nd, 2019. "The Dirt" is based on the 2001 Motley autobiography of the same same. Looks a little on the cheap side but hope it's entertaining.



They wrote three new tunes and covered Madonna's "Like A Virgin" for the soundtrack. They've released the tune "The Dirt." It's actually not as bad as I expected and grows on you.

Motley Used Images From the Sleaze Patrol Files . . .

 . . . on their trailer for the 30th anniversary release of GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS. I noticed when it came out and even contacted someone involved with the band, asking for a free CD but no luck. You can see the quick montage as it goes along with Tommy's fill at the 26 second mark. All the same tears and blemishes as my original copies. Kinda cool.

February, 1992 - The End of Motley Crue PART I


To get a sense of where Motley were at this time, let's go back just a few months to October, 1991 in Canada where Mick and Nikki were doing a publicity junket for the new Crue retrospective Decade Of Decadence. I recorded a bunch of stuff from their day at Much Music and Musique Plus (Canadian English and French video music channels in the 1980s-1990s). The video below has Nikki talking about the future sounds of Motley. What folks don't always remember is that Motley were about to enter a slightly more progressive, heavy and experimental phase of music with or without Vince. Even before Dr. Feelgood came out in late 1989, Nikki was talking about experimenting with the Motley sound. They flirted with Rap music on a few demos that never passed the demo stage. The albums Motley Crue (1994, without Vince) and Generation Swine (1997, with Vince) show us, in compromised settings, what some of the new Motley music sounded like just before Vince quit/was fired from the band. The keyboard, experimental music Nikki, Mick and Tommy were writing that Vince didn't like became the foundation of the sound fans would hear on  Motley Crue with John Corabi on vocals. Motley started jamming with John only a week after Vince was fired.


The following two interviews with Nikki and Vince for Hit Parader Magazine have the soon-to-be-parted band mates talking about the bond between the members and how it was never going to end . . . almost like they're over-compensating for conflicted feelings. 


I heard the news at school the day it was announced. A kid came up to me in the hallway and laughed, 'Hey man, Vince got kicked out of Motley!' I remember walking home and tuning into Much Music waiting to hear the confirmation ... and it came. February 14th the band issued a press release about the parting. Here's footage of the Vince MTV interview mentioned in the Metal Edge notice, above. We're going back to the week of February the 18th in our Crue history books. 


Lonn M. Friend is the talking head in this second video. He was the editor of Rip Magazine and it sounds like he was talking to Nikki and is sharing some of what was said about the parting. MTV talked to Vince on the phone in the ensuing days and a camera crue [cough -ed.] caught up with him in Long Beach on April 12th where he was racing (and crashed twice).


Nikki, Mick and Tommy held a band meeting on February 11th and voted Vince out. The Crue told the world about it that Friday, on Valentines Day, and then remained quiet while Vince did a huge publicity response, appearing and being reported on a wide variety of television entertainment shows. We'll share more TV clips of Vinnie trying to process the firing and more magazine articles from the vaults.

Crue Shirts Part I


I got Crue shirts from record stores, carnivals, traveling vendors, department stores, mail order and other kids. I have no memory where the above THEATRE OF PAIN era shirt came from but I know I got it from another fan, some time in the 1980s.


As the years passed I kept most of my childhood Motley collection but I did lose a few vintage Crue tees like the DR. FEELGOOD one above captured in an old family movie.



These hearty rags survived. I got the GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS shirt in 1987 and it's in pretty good shape.



More old, moldy and stinky Crue shirts to come at The Sleaze Patrol Files!!

Vintage Motley Posters #2


Local record stores Radioland and Records On Wheels and even Canadian department stores like Towers and Zellers would sometime sell Crue posters in the 1980s. The 1991 Decade of Decadence era poster above show the Crue following the current trend of alternative, faux-punk, pre-grunge style. This was possibly their last big photo session before they would disband the original lineup in February, 1992.


The Theatre Of Pain era is a controversial and bitter-sweet one for old-school Crue fans. It was the end of their intense, two record debut explosion as a blood-thirsty metal-pop band. Theatre happened after that all crashed and burned with Vince's vehicular manslaughter charge. This was when the Crue got complicated and the music suffered. The band actually changed from here on in. They became more of a Hard Rock act in a classic 70s mold with a 1980s update.


The Theatre Of Pain style is so particular to 1985-1986. Glam Metal was born with Theatre no matter if others did it first: it was Motley's about-face in style that spoke to other Rock bands and you soon saw the emergence of a whole genre of music called Glam Metal and, later, Hair Metal. I got two copies of the poster above and below. This 1930s gangster session and theme was one of the more colourful and effective themed shoots. Every album or "look" has a series of photo sessions that Crueheads identify with the era. I remember when some of these images were first released to the public and I still closely identify these albums and years with the pin-ups and posters of the same eras.

This second copy of the poster has some Hostess Chips Motley stickers from 1987 decorating the bottom left-hand side.

Even more vintage Crue posters to come at the Sleaze Patrol Files!!

I've been inactive for years now but I still have more vintage Crue articles and images and collectibles to share and perhaps the Netflix movie of "The Dirt" will create more interest in the Crue in the oncoming years. I hope to post more in 2019.


Vintage Motley Posters #1 can be seen HERE

Motley Crue 2018

In the year 2018 the members of Motley Crue are still alive.

At the time of this writing (July, 2018), Mick Mars is 67 years old, Nikki Sixx is 59, Vince Neil is 57 and Tommy is the baby at 55.

They have remained retired since their last gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31st, 2015.

Mick has not yet released his solo record which he first mentioned way back in 1986. He and Vince both live in Nashville these days but do not speak.

Nikki retired from his radio show, Sixx Sense, and has been doing photography, writing tunes, practicing bass and guitar, updating his Instagram, living his life. He had some anniversary release(s) with some of his solo projects and generally stays busy. He was a judge on one of those music contest reality shows as well.

Tommy has been in the news fighting with his sons and has married again.

Vince continues to tour solo singing Motley tunes.

The Netflix production of the film version of their autobiography, "The Dirt," will be airing starting March 22, 2019.

I've been keeping up with the band and always on the lookout for "new" vintage footage to show up online, almost always at YouTube. Don't forget to check out CRUETUBE where we share Rare and vintage Crue film.

You'll want to check out Nikki's Instagram page for some really amazing Crue content. He posts old photos all the time and has been going through storage and sharing images and video of extremely rare Motley memorabilia.



The Terror Twins and Wives, July 2018

In September, Tommy and Nikki shared photos of the two playing and recording in the studio with Bob Rock. They are recording four new songs for "The Dirt" soundtrack. Nikki has said Vince and Mick will be joining them to play their parts.

Early photos of the actors portraying The Sleaze Patrol in the Netflix movie are not promising . . . 


2017 . . . Thinking Back and Into the Future

No posts so far this year because life goes on and other blogs and interests get more attention. I have more 1980s collectibles to share and articles to write but until then . . . some gabbing . . .

I've been listening to Motley's first demos and the Leathur Too Fast For Love a lot this year. "Nobody Knows What It's Like To Be Lonely" at the correct speed and the Raspberries cover, "Tonight", along with the "Stick To Your Guns"/"Toast Of The Town" single show Crue coming together quickly and making engaging power Pop Metal. It's classic stuff, with elements of Sweet and T. Rex. They also demoed "Public Enemy #1" and "Take Me To The Top". This was all by about May, 1981. In around September they started working on the Too Fast For Love record which they would release in November under their own "Leathur" label. They'd rerecord some tracks, edit and even remove one altogether when they re-released it through Elektra Records in the summer of 1982. The April 1981 debut at the Starwood bootleg that has circulated since the 1980s has an incomplete version of another early Nikki song with the refrain "Why You Killin' Yourself?". It has the same wistful vibe as much of the other 1981 Motley music. A more complete version of this show is in a collector's possession. Perhaps, someday, we'll hear this tune in full.

I woulda first heard Motley in the summer of 1984. I wanted my own copy of Shout At The Devil more than anything and I asked for it for Christmas and birthdays but I believe my ma fought me off for a while. I might have gotten a copy by 1985 and then Theatre Of Pain soon after. I didn't get Too Fast until about 1987, after Girls, Girls, Girls came out.
I was always a huge fan of Shout and enjoyed the other albums but I probably liked Metallica's first four albums as much or more than Motley's music in those years. I think part of my Motley identity was due to forging a personality in school and in my group. One guy was a Metallica freak, another, KISS. I was the Crue head. When Dr. Feelgood came out in the Fall of 1989, I was 13 years old and I remember being disappointed in the album. I think I was one of those Crue fans that was hoping we'd hear SOMETHING like Shout again, but it never happened. I love all Motley's 1980s albums but I wouldn't say that post-Shout we got another album as powerful. Take the best from Theatre (1985), Girls (1987), Dr. F (1989) and even the singles from Decade Of Decadence (1991) and you could make one monster album or maybe even two stronger ones.

But Motley truly were more than their music. They had legit vibe and character and it invests their whole aura with a kind of depth and meaning that many of their contemporaries just don't have. Behind Motley's songs is a content that isn't reducible to "Shop Talk": we've gotten almost nothing from them as to the making of their classic albums. What we do get is what the songs were written about. What happened in life to create all theses texts and tunes. The albums are collections of experiences in song-form, not necessarily "recording projects".

There are many Motley audio bootlegs from the classic Decade. I am currently making my way through all the known video boots of Crue concerts in the 1980s-1991 (right now on the Theatre tour) and I've come to realize so much more is represented on those audio boots, and often with better sound, that I'm gonna need to start listening to these. Even just the amount of Shout audio boots is impressive and we're lucky to have so much.

The Illustrated Shout At The Devil Liner Notes-Part 1!


Let's take an in-depth look at Shout At The Devil by playing close attention to the liner notes.

If you want to view more images of the LP & cassette artwork, go HERE & click through.


Nikki gets top billing. His place as Mr. Motley Crue secured early on. He plays bass & sings back-up, it says, & 'bass pedals'. As a kid I've always wondered what that meant & it's like a bass keyboard you use with your feet!


 Mick & Vince get their appropriate credits & we see in Tommy's list something called 'Simmons Drums' which are early electronic drums. You can see them on his kit during the Theatre Of Pain tour & in a lot of videos from the 1980s.
 

Allister Fiend is listed as the narrator for the album's introduction, 'In The Beginning'. This is the first we hear of Motley's 1980s mascot who would appear on a lot of Motley merchandise starting in 1982-3 up until the Dr. Feelgood era. Band cartoon 'mascots' were big in the '80s with Iron Maiden's 'Eddie' being the most famous & iconic one of the bunch.



Now of course we know that cartoon characters can't talk but our Allister does . . . & he's British! We'll be doing a post dedicated entirely to Allister at some point but to give the credit where it's due, Mr. Fiend is actually Engineer, Geoff Workman. Geoff composed the eerie sounds & recited Nikki's poem for 'In The Beginning'. He also engineered & mixed
the album! His contribution to Shout At The Devil is significant.

Mick Mars Part 4: Popular Unpopular, 1991

This is a great interview with Mick conducted by RIP Magazine's Editor-In-Chief, Lonn M. Friend in August 1991 when the Motley's were in England for the Monsters of Rock Festival.


Mick is a funny guy & displays a lot of the special charm he has through some (rare) interviews back in the day. He's also, clearly, a misanthrope & displays a general dislike for the human race! He's especially honest here with longtime friend, Friend, & talks about his co-members with a welcomed candor. He talks shop & tells us how some of his most classic riffs were written ('Girls, Girls, Girls': drunk as shit), details on how he & the Crue sobered up, his working relationship with then-wife & Nasty Habit, Emi Canyn & the future of Motley.

The Motley Crue Library

 
Hard to believe that the amount of literature published on the subject of our heroes could fill a moderate-sized bookshelf. Although there were some fan & low-profile publications from the 1980s-1990s, the real Motley book boom came with the 2001 publication of their Neil Strauss-penned autobiography, 'The Dirt'. It is one of the most celebrated Rock biographies of the last 15 years & was the impetus for the band to get back together in 2005: a reunion that would end ten years later in 2015. 
 

'The Dirt' showed that beyond the highly publicized & mythologized 'Decade of Decadence' (1981-1991), the Motley Drama continued on in equally chaotic & sensationalistic tones in the 1990s. Their star may have fallen but they remained a subject of controversy.


I got the 10th Anniversary edition of 'The Dirt' & was disappointed to find that it was an EXACT reprint of the 2001 first edition, right down to the typos. It came with a slightly redesigned cover & is housed in a black cardboard slipcase with a cool graphic so it's a nice collectible but there is ZERO new content inside, don't buy it hoping they did a catch-up. Knowing Motley, Neil Strauss has had no contact with them for a looong time. 


Tommy Lee published his autobiography, 'Tommyland' in 2004. I do not own the book but take a look at it as well as possibly the most comprehensive Motley Crue bibliography online at Paul Miles' amazing Chronological Crue.


Nikki Sixx's 'The Heroin Diaries', published in September 2007, is almost 'The Dirt ... Plus' in that it goes over events already covered in the band bio (I guess all the Motley bios do that) but Nikki's book is one that he was talking about publishing as early as the late 1980s. He had two books he constantly talked about publishing in those days: 'An Education In Rebellion': a book of early poems & song lyrics; & the book based on journals he kept as a heroin addict in the years 1986-1987. This would eventually be published as 'The Heroin Diaries'. It's a well-done book with lurid graphics & guest commentators which make it a pretty good read. It sold well & Nikki even published a second book of photos soon after (see Miles' bibliography above).


Vince has been the latest Motley member to release a bio with the world still waiting for the Man from Mars to publish his and his LONG awaited solo album. Like Tommy & Nikki, Vince's book was part of several tie-in media ventures, most obviously a full length album or soundtrack to the autobiography. Vince published 'Tattoos & Tequila' in September of 2010 & it continues the standard set up by 'Tommyland' & 'The Dirt' of offering brutal honesty & even antagonistic feelings for other Crue members & transgressions from the past. From these books you get the sense that the damage of the 1992 break-up was never fully addressed & a lot of resentment remains. 


Neil Zlozower's 2010 picture book, 'Motley Crue: A Visual History: 1983-1990' is THE best publication featuring top quality & rare vintage shots of the Crue in their absolute sweet spot heyday. Zlozower's photos of Motley live & in many different studio settings are among their most iconic & are gorgeously reproduced in this 232 page coffee table book.

 

The latest Motley publication is Martin Popoff's 'Kickstart My Heart: A Motley Crue Day By Day' & is an expert look at Motley's entire career with a tonne of rare Motley memorabilia & images. I particularly like some of Popoff's chapter introductions & how he puts each Motley era in context. This is some of the only writing out there, in book form, written about the Motleys & not BY the Motleys . . . in fact, that book still needs to be written, despite Nikki's protestations! You can purchase Martin's awesome book from the author HERE.