21st century Crue fans are so lucky! At this moment I can go to any number of webpages & get a Crue fix. I can reach for four autobiographies on my bookshelf & read about the band at a depth that I wouldn’t have dreamt of in 1988 (I actually only own The Dirt but happen to have Nikki’s & Vince’s bio’s on loan. Tommyland will have to wait.). It really wasn’t until the ‘90s when things started getting surreal for Rock fans. Ozzy’s TV show with his family, I mean the idea of having that kind of candid access into his life was far more of a novelty than it may seem today. What I mean is that despite Motley & Ozzy & Metallica selling millions of records they were still rarely seen on prime-time TV & were mostly relegated in the press to genre mags, only making it into mainstream press whenever they did something outrageous or married famous actresses. I would say in the case of Motley, less info was a lot more. There’s almost nothing left to tell . . . & a lot of it was already told & retold in the ‘80s & early ‘90s.
So 1988. A whole year of no Motley public activity. They crashed & burned in Japan & back home in December 1987. 1988 was to be a very important year for them. The decisions they made in 1988 lead them to have the biggest record of their career & allow them to finish their decade of decadence on a high note. As soon as they got their shit together they started pre-production in L. A. & didn’t get up to Canada to record with Bob Rock until the next year. The near silence made the writers at Blast!, Hit Parader & other magazines speculate on the success of the band & give us some of that celebrated legend which has come to overshadow the fact that they wrote some of the best songs of their generation. The second Hit Parader article by Ernie ‘Spuds’ MacKenzie has Nikkie talking about rehearsals & his fight with addiction. Set time machine controls to 1988!!
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Here’s two articles from a magazine called Concert Shots. They both are in the biography vein with the second one by Susan Levine, ‘Tommy Lee: From Genesis To Revelation,’ retelling its hero’s & Motley’s career in a mock-biblical narrative style. Articles like this were the ones I really treasured & read over & over as a teenager. Again, because they had no new Crue photos to print (the above ‘straight-jacket’ sessions are from sometime in 1989) we’re treated to some vintage Crue shots, mostly from the Shout era.
Blast! was a real bubblegum-type mag, I would say aimed at girls mostly. They had really nice colour photo reproductions & usually featured the more Glam or Hair Metal type bands & Crue were regularly featured. They actually printed a bunch of really candid interviews with all four band members from when they were in Canada making Dr. Feelgood & I’ll be featuring those soon, but in 1988 the two following articles whetted the appetite of the curious Crue fan as to what the hell these guys were up to! A ‘spokesperson’ & then the boys give us some of the skinny on the making of the new record.
Before we go we’ll slide into early 1989 when the band headed up to Canada to record. By this time the album was being called Dr. Feelgood & to say they seemed jazzed about it is an understatement. The feeling you’ll get from these & the oncoming articles as the record is released is how truly excited they seemed about music & being Motley. Ah, the good old days . . . .
Stay tuned for Motley in the year 1989 & more lead-up articles to the release of Dr. Feelgood.