Motley Crue singer Vince Neil underwent surgery to remove kidney stones after the band were forced to cut their Sydney, Australia show short to rush Vince to the hospital. Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, I have some alarming news for you. While browsing DarkLyrics.com, I discovered a terrifying fact: that approximately 100% of metal songs made in the ’80s are about rape. That percentage might seem high, but I assure you it is only mildly exaggerated. Whereas nowadays bands who write songs about rape tend to depict it as brutal and unpleasant (all the while expecting us to revel in its brutality and unpleasantness, which is a huge problem in and of itself), bands of the ’80s seemed to take a lighthearted, “boys will be boys” approach to it. I honestly can’t tell which is more gross.
Take for example, Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” from their 1980 album Women And Children First. And I quote,
Can’t take it anymore
I’m takin’ whiskey to the party tonight, and I’m looking for somebody to squeeze.
I ain’t looking for somebody to fight
Baby, don’t get uptight
The rabbit hole goes much deeper than “Romeo Delight,” of course. While the, uh, “protagonist” of the song sounds like a pushy asshole, he doesn’t appear to make any outwardly rapey overtures. Telling an apparently reluctant/unwilling woman not to be uptight gives me some serious pause though.
Poison’s “I Want Action” (form their 1986 debut Look What The Cat Dragged In) is a lot more direct.
These girls hit me where it hurts
I can’t wait to get my hands on them
I won’t give up until they give in
Now, first of all, the long-legged short-skirted people in this song are schoolgirls, as is explicitly stated in the first verse. Second of all, someone needs to go back in time and hose Bret Michaels down.
If I can’t have her, I’ll take her and make her
Don’t even get me started on Mötley Crüe’s “All In The Name Of…” from their 1987 classic Girls, Girls, Girls.
She’s the reason, the reason that I can’t sleep
You say illegal
I say legal’s never been my scene
So right off the bat, you have a protagonist who knows that what he’s doing is wrong but doesn’t care. Excellent. The rest of the song implies that the 15-year old actively entices him later on, so at least he’s not forcing her to do anything, right? Wrong, you sick fucks. A quick Wikipedia search shows that Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil wrote “All In The Name Of…” together — Sixx was 29 and Neil was 26 at the time of the album’s release. Two grown ass men sat down together and wrote a song about a 15-year old seductress.
Curiously, “All In The Name Of…” is just the tip of the ephebophilic iceberg. “Statutory Date” by Twisted Sister is exactly what you’d expect from the title.
She’s every inch a woman but there’s years to go
Someone help me, make me forget
Or I’ll do something that I’ll regret
The age of this “heart stoppin’” girl is never stated, but she’s referred to as a “little girl,” “statutory date,” and “jailbait” throughout the song, so your guess is as good as mine. I can’t seem to figure out who wrote this little ditty but all the band members were in their 30s when it was released.
Speaking of “jailbait,” have an excerpt of “Jailbait” by Motörhead, written by yet another team of adult men:
Still tied to momma’s apron strings
I don’t even want to know your age
I’m just happy you’re backstage
I’m beginning to think the headline should be “Why Was Everyone In The ’80s A Pedophile?” instead.
In today’s From The Vault their are quite a few metal birthdays being celebrated this week: Continue reading
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Today’s From The Vault is an interview with bassist, Rik Fox who will take us on a trip back through his life, his experiences in the music industry in NY and LA, his tenure in WASP, Steeler, Sin and Surgical Steel and much, much more. Continue reading
Last week, Vince Neil announced in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun that Motley Crue and KISS would be co-headlining a tour this summer. Today both bands have announced on their websites that tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 23 on Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Dates and venues are as follows: Continue reading
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Vince Neil confirmed after many weeks of speculation that Motley Crue will join forces on a co-headlining tour this June to September. Neil said:
“It’s going to be really cool because KISS is bringing their full stage show, and Motley will be bringing our full stage show,”Neal revealed to Robin Leach. “So, you are going to see two huge headliners at the same time. It’s going to be one of the biggest tours of the summer, if not the biggest.”
Dates and official announcement will come next week and Motley Crue is headed to Europe prior to the US tour this June.
Vince is also doing a soft opening of his new strip club Girls, Girls, Girls with the grand opening a month later. Vince noted that this is the business he is most excited about saying:
“I love the tequila business, I love the restaurants and the nightclub stuff, but I’ve always wanted to have a strip club. It’s … a dream come true. I’ve been going to strip clubs my whole life, so I might as well own one. It’s going to be a great summer, and now every time I get back home to Vegas between shows, I’ll have my own strip club to hang out in — it’s all perfect!”
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Today’s installment of From The Vault takes us back to 1983 and to Motley Crue’s second album “Shout at the Devil.” The album is often regarded as the heaviest sounding Motley Crue album by both critics and fans with themes including sex, violence, drugs and rebellion. Side one begins with engineer Geoff Workman and Nikki Sixx’s narration for the introduction to Shout at the Devil:
In the beginning, good always overpowered the evils of all man’s sins, but in time, the nations grew weak and our cities fell to slums, while evil stood strong. In the dusts of hell, lurked the blackest of hates, for he whom they feared awaits you. Now many, many life times later lay destroyed, beaten down, only corpses of rebels, ashes of dreams and blood-stained streets. It has been written that those who have the youth, have the future. So come now children of the beast, be strong and Shout at the Devil.
Shout at the Devil reached #17 on the 1983 Billboard 200 chart and the album had sold over 4 million copies by 1997. Motley Crue released Looks That Kill and Too Young To Fall In Love as singles in 1984 along with videos for each song that received heavy rotation on MTV. The album is also one of the first albums that contributed to the glam metal movement.
Upon re-release of Shout at the Devil on their own label, Motley Records, the band included some never before heard tracks including demos of Looks That Kill, Shout at the Devil, Hotter Than Hell (which was re-recorded and re-titled Louder Than Hell for Theater of Pain) and Too Young to Fall in Love, as well as a song called I Will Surivie.
This album fell under scrutiny with the PMRC in the 80′s citing that Motley Crue must be satan worshipers. Nikki Sixx however, refuted the PMRC’s claims saying that the title of the album was not Shout With The Devil, it was Shout At The Devil. The album however does contain a warning that the album may contain masked backward messages because of Sixx and Lee trying to chant “Jesus is Satan” as an underdub on the title track.