Motley Scrapbook #2, Part 1

 

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I got into Crue at a very young age. I must’ve been only 8-9 years old when I heard Shout At the Devil. I lived in neighbourhoods where you learned about the birds & the bees & such things at a tender age & Motley were the perfect soundtrack to my youth.

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As soon as I could I tried getting my dirty little hands on Crue stuff. Sometimes it would just be a scrap of a pin-up with Nikki’s face, sometimes your older cousin would give you his huge Shout era door poster because he was moving on to more ‘mature’ music. I wanted it all. Early on I’d plaster my walls with whatever band I was kinda into but as my Crue collection got bigger there simply was no room for any others.

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The scrapbooks were a way to put all those little bits of Crue stuff in order. Some of this is simply taken out of the second copy of a Crue tribute mag to beef up the content but the really great items are the random clippings from all kinds of magazines. The above Heather Locklear pic (with Tommy mention) woulda came from a copy of the National Enquirer (probably) that my mother had lying around . . . or I purloined it from a dentist’s waiting room copy, that kind of thing. The 1980s scrapbook really shows that Rock print culture was alive & well in those days. It’s still present for the teeny-bopper crowd, but certainly the days when the Motleys graced the pages of so many magazines is long gone.

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There’s another Tommy-Heather clipping above that looks like it came from an entertainment magazine. Tommy’s marriage to Heather meant that us Crue fans would get some Crue content in popular magazines.

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Above is an ad for the old Motley S. I. N. club (Safety In Numbers). I would look at that big Allister door poster & the shirt & tour book & drool wishing I had an allowance! To the right is an early media mention of the infamous Izzy Stradlin harassment of Vince’s then wife Sharise. This was even before Vince punched Izzy at the MTV Awards. Looking back I have to say Vince handled this the right way. Can you imagine some guy doing this to your wife or girlfriend?! That Vince didn’t murder him is surprising & Axl Rose’s meathead response is laughable, what a fucking dickhead. IMO, Vince woulda kicked Axl’s ass if they had ever actually scuffled. Check out Paul Miles’ Chronological Crue page for the year 1989 to learn more about this classic ‘80s battle (HERE) (starting with the August 13th & then the September 5th entries). And look below for a brief news item about the altercation & a mention of the latter’s bathroom proclivities.

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More to come of my second Motley scrapbook at the Sleaze Patrol Files. Check out my first Motley scrapbook HERE.

***Apologies for the somewhat intrusive watermarks on the images. I’m finding my collection popping up on a lot of folks’ pages on the internet & although I of course do not own the copyrights of the actual photos I DO own my copy of them & it’s annoying to see my pics (with my old tape & nicks & rips present) used & uncredited on so many people’s pages (cropping doesn’t hide them either, I know my collection like the back of my hand). So go ahead & use my photos but maybe offer a link to my blog or something you fucking vultures :)

Vince Neil Part 2–The Blast! Interviews, 1989

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The Sleaze Patrol Files brings you Vinnie being interviewed by Blast! Magazine’s Judy Weider at the Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver. This is early 1989 & Vince talks about Nikki & lyrics & getting sober & clean. Again. You’ll notice a theme to all these early Dr. Feelgood interviews.

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Blast! magazine was a low-budget publication with the reader’s drawings making up much of the visual content. Blast! didn’t seem to care if the reader could draw or not, they’d still use the art, with the ‘Famous Last Words’ rock stars quotations getting a lot of the subpar submissions. Of course they knew kids would be buying copies to see their work published, the ‘contest’ ad below doesn’t even mention if the chosen artists get a measly free copy of the Blast! issue or not! 

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I can’t find a very convincing chronology to my Vince Blast! interviews so I’ll just post them in the order they were scanned. Judy Weider seems to be assuming that her & Vince are much more chummy than they actually are when she asks about Vince’s marriage to Sharise Ruddell & he politely tells her it’s none of her business. The next few articles are from a late 1989 interview.

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Weider talks about car racing with Vince (foreshadowing yeah?), who gets a little defensive when she asks if Tommy & Nikki did pre-production work for Dr. Feelgood. She brings up the wild success of G N’ R & Vince comments on the 1989 Grammys, the Bulletboys & rainy, depressing Vancouver.

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Arlett Vereecke conducted an interview with Vince soon after Dr. was released. Vereecke attended the Crue’s back-to-their-roots show at the Whisky A-Go-Go club in L. A. in October 1989 & Blast! featured their interview in several issues over the next few months.

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(A note on some of the above photos): The shots at the top of the post & the centerfold above show a Vince that looked like he got a ‘cheek-bone job,’ perhaps trying to compete with the then very famous & pretty Sebastian Bach of Skid Row (see a pic of the two together in the previous post). I will be posting a reader’s ‘mailbag’ in the near future where a fan asks Vince if he got plastic surgery! More 1989-1990 Blast! Magazine content to come with Tommy & Mick getting their turns.