Steven Page remarks on the Crue’s enduring appeal in his editorial & the tribute begins with a collection of fan letters, most of which are written in defense of the boys from their many detractors. As loved as the Crue were & are, they have always had their haters. There will be a future Sleaze Patrol File post of classic Motley fan letters from a variety of magazines.
J. Kordosh does a good job reviewing Motley’s first five records in ‘MC: For The Record’ & ranks Shout & Girls as their best efforts [this is a 1989 opinion]. Kordosh says of Girls, “ . . . this was the disc that established L. A.’s favorite sleaze gods as moneymakers on a par with the likes of Bon Jovi & Madonna (well, almost . . . the Crue, being as tough-sounding as they are, have never sold on the massive level that blander bands have).” Click the images below to enlarge & READ the rest of his review.
Most tribute magazines back in the day had the prerequisite band bio section, & here it is:
The centerpiece of the tribute magazine was the following ‘new’ interview with Mr. Sixx. He keeps up the Dr. Feelgood positivity & enthusiasm for the new record & talks about the success of Guns N’ Roses & then, suddenly, slags Metallica & boldly states, “ . . . I fucking hate Metallica. I think their music’s crap. It’s just garbage & they won’t be here in a few years . . . “ He continues on & you can read below the rest of his oh-so-inaccurate assessment of a band that would become the world’s most successful hard rock-metal act of all time. Nikki would have been reacting to the mechanical & progressive metal music Metallica were then (in 1988-89) writing with their album . . . And Justice For All & he could not have foretold the more pop metal & mainstream rock direction that band would take (influenced by Bob Rock’s work on Motley’s Dr. Feelgood no less). The irony of what would happen to Metallica’s career & what would not happen to Nikki’s was probably not lost on him in the 1990s. Metallica’s Black Album, released in 1991, is the best-selling record of the Soundscan era with 22 million copies sold worldwide.