"Got a little hideaway, does business
But at night he'll always be found"
Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood - 1989
the time I was born in 1969, music has always been in my life. Dad, and
Mum especially, liked listening to the current popular music played on
commercial radio, along with their favourite hits from the ‘50s and
‘60s. As a boy, this was the music I knew and mostly enjoyed. In 1979,
I was gripped by a rock phenomenon that controlled many other kids at
the time: Kiss. Their November 1980 tour in Australia where I lived
shattered concert records and received an enormous amount of media and
public attention. Although deemed too young to attend the shows, a
permanent scar was left on me.
As I entered
high school in the early ‘80s, my mates and I were still predominantly
listening to chart music, with favourites including INXS, Split Enz,
and Billy Joel. Seeing David Bowie live in November 1983 as my first
concert gave me more of a taste and I started exploring his back
catalogue. Through my early teen years I took hold of the radio dial
and started listening to the stations run by Universities. This
triggered my appetite for music as I was discovering alternative bands
like The Cramps, Violent Femmes, The Cult, The Birthday Party, Alien
Sex Fiend, and The Stooges.
listening then introduced me to all sorts of punk music and I enjoyed
early English giants The Clash, The Damned, Generation X and the Sex
Pistols. While I loved the melodies of these bands’ songs, I found
myself preferring the bands with more snarl. The Dead Kennedys were one
such favourite that continued to expose me to different styles. Lots of
American hardcore punk bands then occupied my turntable, like Channel
3, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Fear. So much so that in 1986 a friend
and I were spending some late nights at a University radio station,
playing hardcore and other punk music for listeners. I left High School
with my best marks in English and ironically a fail in History!
continued to enjoy exploring punk music listening to the more English
punk bands like Subhumans, The Exploited, Angelic Upstarts, The
Partisans, and the Clay Records trio: English Dogs, Discharge, and
G.B.H. It was these latter three I liked the most, and when I sang in
my first band called Barbary Corsairs in 1987, I belted-out some
versions of our favourite songs from these bands. Coupled with punked
Rose Tattoo, Devo and Sixto Rodriguez covers amongst our set of
originals, we found ourselves frequently opening for local act Cremator.
the first speed metal band in hometown Perth Australia, influenced by
the likes of Slayer, Possessed, Dark Angel and Metallica. I found
myself getting into this heavier music more and more. Slayer’s Reign In
Blood and Metallica’s Master of Puppets wore thin on my turntable as
well as discs from bands like Whiplash, Exodus, Anthrax, Onslaught,
Death Angel and Death. I loved listening to these bands but after a
while found myself preferring a slower pace with a heavier groove.
Enter Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Trouble and some Led Zeppelin.
As 1988 came
around, The Cult’s Electric was all over the night scene and Guns N’
Roses’ Appetite for Destruction was just breaking ground in Australia.
It was not only the hard rock sound that grabbed me but the image style
these bands had. My discovery of these bands and a re-discovery of Kiss
had me exploring more hard rock. By the time early 1989 came around I
was digging up vinyl on more of these rock bands. I remember buying
import records of Skid Row, Faster Pussycat, Dangerous Toys and Poison,
and turning many friends on to them. I also began collecting videos and
audios of my favourite bands around this time, as it was near
impossible to obtain anything but standard commercial releases in Perth
– the most isolated capital city in the world.
was at this time I met a lady Sara through a mutual friend from the
punk days. We clicked instantly and it was Sara that then introduced me
to Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love album, which we
partied to for many, many months on end. My path somehow never
previously crossed with Too Fast for Love, nor Shout at the Devil and
Theatre of Pain in their day. I recall seeing the Girls, Girls, Girls
record in a store prior to this but never picked it up.
For my next
birthday, Sara had a pair of black leather pants with a lace-up crotch
made for me by the ex-wife of Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and they were
just like Vince’s from the Too Fast for Love album cover. I remember
making myself a handcuff belt and screen-printing Crüe t-shirts for
friends and myself.
Later in 1989,
I obtained a ‘hot off the press’ bootleg video of the Crüe’s
performance at the Moscow Peace Festival. If I wasn’t hooked before I
certainly was now. That video was played over and over and over. When
Dr. Feelgood was released soon after, the Crüe was building mainstream
popularity in Australia. When they toured Australia in late March-early
April 1990 – the one and only time until Dec 2005 – they did not play
on our west coast. Sara and I were unemployed at the time and preparing
for our wedding in a few months, so we had to sit back and hear stories
from people we knew that were able to make the 3,500km journey across
the country to see them. Crüe-fever died down in Australia after that
tour but it had hooked many other Aussies.
forward through many more years of listening to hard rock and metal, I
then had my first exposure to the Internet in 1994 when the company I
was working for at the time connected. I had an email address and a web
browser, and I was away. There were only really two small Mötley Crüe
sites on the net back then and these were among the sites I found
myself visiting most often, hoping for news on what the band members
were up to and other fresh content. I also enjoyed the variety of Kiss
websites online back then.
various online FAQ’s covering all sorts of topics, I realised there was
no FAQ for Mötley Crüe. This realisation coupled with the desire to
actively contribute to the Internet gave me the initial concept and
idea for a website. I had often considered starting a Mötley Crüe
fanzine (being aware of the role of fanzines from my punk days) but I
held back due to my limited funds for printing and distribution, so I
saw a website as the best way for me to get involved. There was no
Mötley history available online back then as well, so I decided this
would be the unique focus for my website, as I found the stories of
their misadventures to be intriguing and so very rock ‘n’ roll. I saw
no point in just duplicating information or copying ideas from other
Mötley sites like so many other websites were doing (and still continue
to do). I wanted my website to be a timeline of the Crüe’s history and
in doing so it would answer the FAQ’s fans have about them, their music
and their lives; so I came up with the name Chronological Crue.
no idea of how to build a website, I realised I first needed to have
all my content in electronic format. So early in 1995 I began entering
as much information into my word processor as possible. Mountains of
magazines, books, newspaper clippings, video tapes, audio tapes, etc.
were scoured for dates and facts to be entered. Rather than copying
articles and information as it appeared, I stripped the editorialised
information back to the bare facts and completely re-wrote the text in
my own style and words. It was quite amazing just how much
embellishment was written around these facts by journalists, but I
understand that's their craft. The many inconsistencies I found were
also eye-opening and I have always strived to present the most accurate
version of events that I can. The content is presented as a third
person narrative in the present tense chronological, so readers can
ride the ups and downs as the band's amazing story unfolds.
Towards the end of 1995, or
early 1996, I felt I had enough content but still didn’t possess the
technical skills to turn it into a website. I approached the webmaster
of the official Mötley website hoping to come to an arrangement for my
history to be published on that site. For one reason and another,
nothing eventuated there, so I decided I’d do it all myself.
I also wanted the website to
be a Mötley museum of sorts, so when reading the history, a simple
click on linked information would display an image of the event as
well. Many images were scanned from my personal Crüe collection of
Mötley merchandise that had been steadily growing over the years.
Throughout 1996, I constructed the website locally on my laptop in the
format intended. I wanted to keep my site basic without so many of the
whistles and bells, yet still being able to present a professional
looking site. I recognised that depth of content and frequent updates
would be the key to the site's success, as that was what I appreciated
and looked for in websites generally.
In the latter half of 1996
with the information complete, the issue of hosting the website forced
me to restructure much of the work I’d done. Due to limited server
space and a lack of ongoing funds to invest in hosting, since the site
provided no income for such expenses, I had to remove the linked
historical images prior to uploading the site to its home at
Australia’s then-largest ISP, OzEmail. When it came time to choose a
username for the hosting account at my ISP, ‘cruekiss’ seemed the
So after many months of work over the last two
years, the site was ready to go live in the early part of 1997. On the
16th January, a teaser awareness campaign began directing fans to a
page that invited them to come back for the launch on 27th January
1997, the day Vince Neil was to re-unite with the Crüe onstage at the
American Music Awards. The website became fully accessible on the
morning of the 27th so Mötley fans could spend the day reading through
the band's past, then later that evening witness the beginning of a new
chapter in Mötley Crüe history.
The Chronological Crue website
has since gone from strength to strength, being featured in many print
publications around the world and having its pages viewed more than
five million times since 1997. Major US music networks MTV and VH1 have
drawn upon and credited the site for production of their TV programs on
Mötley Crüe. The site continues to update fans on all the latest on
Mötley Crüe and its band members both past and present.
Fans from all over the globe
constantly show their appreciation of my work, time invested, and
experience provided for them. They are often shocked to find out that
there is no team of people working on the site and it's just me, in
what time ‘spare time’ I can dedicate.
The site had its first
overhaul of the creative interface and navigational structure launched
on 29/6/99 to coincide with the Crüe kicking off their Maximum Rock
Tour and the release of their Supersonic & Demonic Relics CD. This
current antique sepia design was launched in March 2002.
My dream of one-day seeing
Mötley perform live on stage finally came true in December 2005, when I
travelled with the band on their Australian Tour, covering all six
shows in eight days. My tour adventures were released as a paperback
book, along with a range of other Motley Crue books that were first released in
April 2006, and now again in 2019.
was fortunate enough to travel to Los Angeles at the end of 2015 and
see the band's last two concerts, which culminated in a backstage party
with Tommy after their final ever concert.
This website is my SHOUT for
all you Crüeheads worldwide. Enjoy it!
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