MOTLEY CRUE FACTS:
Members: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee
Genre: Hard Rock Music / Heavy Metal Music
Hometown: Los Angeles California
Albums: Too Fast for Love, Girls, Girls, Girls, Dr. Feelgood, Generation Swine
Hits: "Smokin in the Boys Room", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Dr. Feelgood", "Without You"
Mötley Crüe is one of the seminal hard rock bands from the ’80s, whether it be glam or not. With a hard-living lifestyle that perfectly matched with their fast-paced music, the quartet is one of the most recognizable bands in the history of Rock and Roll, and their legend has only continued to grow since their heyday.
Formed in 1981, the band's original line up of drummer Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars persists to this day. After their debut album failed to gain much traction, the group fared much better throughout the rest of the decade. Their proflific run began in 1983 with Shout at the Devil, which is often priased for being one of the band's heaviest sounding records. Thanks to songs including the title track "Looks that Kill," and "Too Young to Fall in Love" were all huge hits and put Mötley Crüe on the map.
Encouraged by the immesnse success of their sophomore album, Mötley Crüe typified the excess-driven lifestyle practiced by many of the superstars of the '80s. Whether it be in the form of girls, partying or cars, the band made no secret about their love for decadence. It was this reckless abandon that likely made them so popular. Despite various run-ins with the law, they remained atop the music world by the end of the decade thanks to the 1987 album Girls, Girls, Girls and the 1989 follow up Dr. Feelgood which, along with being the band's best-selling album, is widely considered to be one of their best musical efforts.
Like most bands of their ilk, Mötley Crüe suffered as a result of the grunge explosion in the early '90s but managed to come out the other end still a relevant band in the eyes of many music fans. Much like bands such as Aerosmith - whom the toured with in 2006 - and U2, Mötley Crüe has managed to make the successful transition from '80s era glam rock to 21st century mainstream.
Three decades after their formation, Mötley Crüe remains one of the most influential bands in recent memories. Acts such as Papa Roach, Korn, Linkin Park and Nine Inch Nails have all cited Lee, Sixx, Niel and Mars as one of the driving forces behind their music.
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