"Got a little
hideaway, does business all day
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.
Further varied 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.
Cremator were 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 Sara (pronounced Sarah) 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.
So, fast 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
After reading 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 obvious choice.
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 singular
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.
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.
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
books in April 2006.
In 2011, I
relocated to New York City, which will enable me to have more Mötley
experiences than in Australia.
This website is my SHOUT for all you
Crüeheads worldwide. Enjoy it!
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