Available in the Motley Crue book - Vol. 2 The Nineties
Mötley Crüe manager Doug Thaler wants the band to take a long time working
on their next studio album as it will be a big challenge to write an
album to top the hugely successful Dr. Feelgood. The opportunity of
renegotiating a larger record contract given more time is also in mind,
after the band’s attorney David Rudich suggests to the band members,
management and their business manager that he feels the time is right
to renegotiate based on their tremendous success; to which they agree.
Despite the fact the band has at least two albums to deliver on its
current record contract signed in September 1986, Elektra is approached
with a proposal, without threat that the Crüe will go to another label.
Dr. Feelgood becomes Mötley’s highest selling album, now reaching quadruple-Platinum
status. Brokum release a series of trading cards called RockCards, featuring
Mötley Crüe and other popular hard rock bands.
Nikki Sixx and Brandi’s first child is born and named Gunner Nicholas
Sixx. He measures fifty two centimeters long.
Tommy Lee and Vince Neil accept an American Music Award on behalf of
the band for Favourite Heavy Metal / Hard Rock Album. Dr. Feelgood is
chosen ahead of Poison’s Flesh & Blood and Aerosmith’s Pump albums.
Tommy and Heather move into a new Mediterranean style country home,
fifteen minutes away from their previous home. The four-acre property
has views of lakes and golf courses, as well as a recording studio for
Tommy in the guest room. He is keen to make a family of his own with
Heather, now being the only Crüe member not to have a child. Tommy enjoys
driving his latest car–a new Ferrari Testarossa.
At an L.A. Kings game, Richard Marx asks
Tommy to play on a heavy track he has written called Streets of Pain
and Tommy accepts.
With a lull in Crüe activities, Vince
gets further involved with car racing. He also collects model cars from
all over the world, as well as specialty license plates. He also collects
art, including some works by Dali, but he is also starting to drink
heavily again, often coming to album rehearsals drunk and leaving early
to make out with girls on his way home.
For the second year in a row, Mötley Crüe is nominated in the Best
Hard Rock Performance category of the Grammy Awards and beaten by
Living Colour: their Time's Up album beats Kickstart My Heart. Other
nominees are AC/DC for The Razor's Edge, Faith No More for their
song Epic, and Jane's Addiction for their Ritual de lo Habitual
A daughter for Vince and Sharise is born and named Skylar Lynnae Neil.
They move into a mansion in Simi Valley, which they feel will be more
appropriate to raise her.
The Crüe forms their own record label called Mötley Records, which is
affiliated with Elektra. The Crüe can sign people and produce artists
on Mötley Records, but it’s distributed by Elektra, which is in turn
internationally distributed by WEA. Mötley Crüe is the first band on
the new label.
Word gets out that Mötley is keen to
renegotiate their record deal with Elektra and other labels express
interest, including Geffen, the new place of employ for A&R executive
Tom Zutaut who first signed the Crüe to Elektra almost nine years ago
Indiana security guard Mark Elrod is awarded nine thousand dollars in
damages after filing suit against Vince Neil and Mötley Crüe a year
ago, shortly after he was hit in the back of the head when Vince hurled
a cowbell off the front of the stage while he was working at the band’s
Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum concert on March 21. Vince claimed he thought
he threw the cowbell to a stage-hand like he did in all the band’s shows
on the tour, while Elrod claimed lighting was sufficient for Vince to
be able to determine that he wasn’t the stage-hand ready to catch the
three pound metal bell and acted recklessly instead.
Doug Thaler phones Vince and tells him that he is not welcome at band
rehearsals until he finds sobriety again. Without telling anyone, Vince
flies to Hawaii with a porn star until he has to return when his credit
cards reach their limit. After calming wife Sharise, he checks himself
into a rehab facility in Tucson, Arizona where the band soon visits
and encourages him to make the Crüe his priority again, to which Vince
Tommy drums on the title track The Urge from Stu Hamm’s third solo album
released today. He also contributes backing vocals to the track If You’re
Scared, Stay Home. The liner notes of the album reads, “Tommy Lee appears
courtesy of Elektra Records and Heather Locklear.”
Nikki and Mick Mars co-write the song Die For You on Alice Cooper’s
Hey Stoopid album. Mick plays guitar on the track, while Nikki plays
bass on the track Feed My Frankenstein and is really pleased to work
with one of his heroes. He even phones Alice to ask if he was thinking
of doing a video for Feed My Frankenstein. Alice says he is thinking
about it and if he does then Nikki will be the bass player in it. Other
guests on the album are Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve
Vai, and Joe Satriani.
A video for the forthcoming Mötley single Primal Scream is shot in three
hours from 1pm, the fastest of their videos to date. Another version
of the video is made for a future home-video release, featuring naked
girls dancing around, some covered in mud, some with blood and others
with water. The band and actors are lit with only a light bulb on a
stick, creating a dark and eerie feel to the video.
Mötley plays a warm-up show at the Marquee in London, once again under
the name The Foreskins, in the lead up to their second Donnington Monsters
Of Rock Festival appearance. The English press misspells the name and
advertise The Fourskins, which punters think is a return of the defunct
English skinhead/punk band. This is Mötley Crüe’s second club gig in
ten years. They play Primal Scream live for the first time and also
perform a cover of the Sex Pistols’ classic anthem Anarchy In The U.K.
The Crüe plays Donnington for the second time, going on stage after
the Black Crowes and Queensryche, and being followed by Metallica and
AC/DC. Mötley’s stage set includes a huge backdrop portrait of the famous
Mona Lisa painting that has been modified so she is showing her middle
finger to the crowd. While in Europe, Nikki slips up briefly with drugs
Mötley commences a further run of eight European Monsters of Rock shows
in Budapest, Hungary. Pre-recorded tapes are used to replace the Mötley
back-up singers, the Nasty Habits.
Primal Scream is released as a single, backed with Dancing On Glass
and live versions of Red Hot and Dr. Feelgood. Tommy wrote the chorus
of the new song that hits number sixty three during its five weeks on
the U.S. charts.
After the Monsters of Rock tour through
Europe, Nikki stays two weeks longer until the end of the month, enjoying
a family holiday in the South of France where he sits in the sun, writes
songs on guitar, and swims naked in the Mediterranean. He also has some
conceptual ideas for an animated video for the song Angela, which is
planned to be included on a forthcoming Decade of Decadence home-video.
The song was written by Nikki about his wife, Brandi Angela Brandt.
However, on return to the U.S., the couple soon begins to fight and
Nikki spends half of his nights at hotels.
Vince spends some time charity fundraising
in Australia and promoting the forthcoming Crüe compilation album. His
new car-racing hobby gets more serious when he becomes the co-owner
of an Indy Car Racing Team in Long Beach California, with former Formula
1 driver Eddie Chiva. He spends many weekends at race meets and Crüe
management hears he is often up drinking all night at them. Vince uses
his racing as an escape from problems he is having at home with wife
Sharise, plus him feeling like he’s becoming an aging rock star now
that he is thirty years old. He tells Crüe manager Doug Thaler of his
issues and pleads with him for assistance.
Mötley’s Decade of Decadence album is released. It enters the Billboard
charts at number two behind Garth Brooks who jumps from number four
to number one with his Roping The Wind album, and Guns N Roses at number
three and six with their Use Your Illusion releases. Decade of Decadence
celebrates Mötley’s tenth anniversary with remastered versions of Crüe
classics and three new songs recorded at A&M Studios, once again with
producer Bob Rock. It ends with the Sex Pistols cover Anarchy In The
U.K. that sports the first take of Vince’s vocal recording. Mick Mars
started playing the riff one day in rehearsals and everyone joined in,
thinking it sounded great. Nikki then obtained the lyrics from Pistols
guitarist Steve Jones, who likes the Crüe’s version. Johnny Rotten calls
Vince to tell him that he loves it. The song is included as preference
over a new track Punched In The Teeth By Love. The album also features
a live version of Kickstart My Heart recorded in July last year at Reunion
Arena in Dallas, Texas. It also includes a cover of ex-Deep Purple member
Tommy Bolin’s song Teaser. The album cover is a collage of Mötley images,
conceptualised and put together by a Crüehead, Mark Jackson. A small
picture of him is also included on the cover.
Richard Marx releases his third album titled Rush Street that features
Tommy drumming on the album’s ninth track called Streets of Pain. Steve
Lukather of Toto and Randy Jackson also play on the track and Tommy
is thrilled to have worked with them in the studio.
Mötley releases their new Home Sweet Home ‘91 version and it peaks at
number thirty seven. It spends seventeen weeks on the Billboard singles
chart, the longest of any Mötley single to date, equal with Without
You. The new video clip, directed by Matt Mahurin, differs from the
original version in 1985. It contains a lot of scenes that can’t be
shown on MTV, including a shot of an eccentric multi-billionaire lady
at her home rubbing her cheeks on a statue of a man urinating. Tommy
re-recorded his signature intro and outro on a grand piano for this
new ‘91 Remix version, having never been satisfied with the Roland keyboard
sound on the original track.
The Crüe insists that MTV plays the Primal
Scream video during their daytime rotation and the Anarchy In The U.K.
video at night. It’s the first time in history that MTV plays two videos
from the same artist in their rotation. The Anarchy video is directed
by Brian Lockwood and features a blend of backstage and live footage
of the band during their recent European Monsters of Rock tour.
Tommy produces two tracks with Mark Dodson,
titled Sittin’ Pretty and Just Another Day, on the debut album released
by the Electric Love Hogs. Tommy is also pictured on the album sleeve,
riding a hog. The relationship came to be after Tom Zutaut, now at Geffen
Records, heard that Tommy was looking to produce a band and encouraged
him to see one of their shows at the China Club in Hollywood to check
them out. If Electric Love Hogs didn’t sign to London Records, they
were to be signed on the new Mötley Records label.
Vince says he would like to record and release his own solo album one
day. The album would probably be cover versions of his all time favourite
Decade of Decadence goes Platinum, as have all of Mötley Crüe’s previous
five albums. The song Angela from Decade of Decadence is released to
radio as a promo single for airplay.
Mötley signs a new five-album deal with Bob Krasnow at Elektra Records,
bearing a twenty-five-million-dollar advance. In addition, the band
will receive a royalty rate in excess of $2.18 per unit for CD sales,
and $1.50 per unit for cassette and LP sales, on both their existing
catalogue and any new material. Should the band continue to perform
in line with its track record, the deal could be worth in excess of
thirty five million dollars. Mötley Crüe management has been in negotiations
on the deal with Elektra since January.
Rehearsals begin in a Californian warehouse
for a new Mötley Crüe studio album, with a two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off
schedule for band members, especially since Bob Rock is too busy to
produce at this time. One new song is titled I’m a Victim of a Psycho
Bitch, while others include Try This One, New Blooze and Bittersweet.
They plan on recording seventeen to twenty tracks for the new album.
Nikki says the songs are very dark and lyrically profound, dealing with
current and critical subject matter, while musically they are extremely
aggressive with complex arrangements; some are in the vein of old Black
Sabbath. Whenever Doug Thaler visits the studio, Vince is never there,
often claiming he is too tired to sing. The rest of the band members
are also annoyed with his apparent lack of commitment to the new work
and it’s not too long before he starts taking Thursdays and Fridays
off to go to car race meets.
Heather buys Tommy a thirty-thousand-dollar guitar for Christmas, having
been inlaid with mother of pearl when it was custom made for Jimi Hendrix.
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