Dr. Feelgood- Motley Crue

Motley_Crue_-_Dr_Feelgood-frontRelease Year: 1989

Rating: 7.5/10

When you think of Motley Crue now, you just think about the disease ridden Tommy Lee and how Vince Neil was on Dancing With the Stars (and lost). But at one point back in the glorious 80’s they were one of the biggest bands on the planet and nothing proves that more than this record. Since its release it’s received nothing but positive press. While it is a good album, it suffers from some of the conventional sounds and themes found in music from the 80’s, but as long as you’re looking to let loose and have a good time, then this record is for you.

What’s interesting about the album is that this was the first effort since the Crue went sober back in the day, so it makes sense why the title track talks about the gritty, unglamorous lifestyle of a cocaine dealer named Jimmy. With talks of crooked cops and mean Bario streets, the song is actually pretty dark. It’s also the best found on the album. It has some of the best guitar work found on the record with slick riffs sounding like motorcycles revving up. Plus, it’s catchy as hell; everyone knows about the good doctor by now. It would’ve been interesting if the band continued in this dark direction, but after this track it’s back to business as usual for the boys.

One song that’s kind of cheesy, but still really fun is “Rattlesnake Shake.” The sound here is more blues mixed with rockabilly, rather than heavy metal and that’s part of what makes it so fun. It even has a brassy horn section that makes the track almost danceable. The chorus of “Doing the rattlesnake shake/shake, shake, shake” is simple, but makes the song super catchy. Another great and classic song from the band is “Same Ol’ Situation.” This is another song that’s nothing, but pure fun. With a killer riff and the irresistible hook of “It’s the same ol’, same ol’ situation/It’s the same ol’, same ol’ ball and chain” it’s another classic for the guys and one that they are most known for. But as usual most of the band’s songs are about girls, girls, girls.

“Slice of the Pie,” “Sticky Sweet,” and “She Goes Down” are all about what else but sexy girls the Crue wants to sleep with. The songs are sleazy and dirty just like you expect them to be from the boys. They’re all filled with hard driving riffs that get your blood boiling, but out of all these sex filled songs the most interesting one is “Sticky Sweet.” Aside from the title track, this is another song I really like because the riff stands out among the rest. It has more of a rocking blues sound here; it actually reminded me of something that Joe Perry would play. But another thing that makes this song interesting is how this seems to be about a woman whose in control, rather than the other way around. This seems to be implied when Vince sings “Now when I’ve done good/She slaps me on the ass/It takes more than ten seconds to please this lass.” From this it sounds like Neil likes being smacked around by his lady friend.

Like any good metal album from the 80’s, this one has its share of ballads. The only problem is they sound pretty cheesy by today’s standards. “Without You” finds Neil singing how he can’t do anything without his number one girl, while music that sounds like it should be in an 80’s sitcom plays in the background. The slightly better “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” has more of the corny feel good music, but the band actually manages to sound sincere here. This could be because they’re not trying to express their love to one girl, rather they’re telling her to fuck off. The closing track “Time For A Change” seems to be their attempt at “We Are the World.” It’s just hard to believe the guys actually want a call for change in the world when 90% of the songs on the album are about getting laid by as many girls as possible. With these tracks they try to be sincere, but I don’t think anyone is buying it. Still, if cheesy slow songs are your thing, then these tracks are for you.

Overall, the album gets 7.5/10. While it’s not the greatest metal album from the 80’s I’ve ever heard, it’s still among the Crue’s best. Also, it’s just a fun album. If you’re looking for sleazy songs about drinking, sex, and more sex then this is the record you want. But corny songs aside, it does have some of the band’s most memorable and well known songs. Some elements of the album have not held up over the years, but it’s something that’s fun to put on whether you want to party with your friends or just head bang alone in your room.

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