One of the best things that came out of 1989

It’s been thirty years since Mötley Crüe released their only album worth a real damn, and so as Christmas approaches and in the wake of that shitty movie about them (and worse soundtrack album) and the news that they’ll be dragging their fat asses (Vince Neil’s at least) around on stage next year despite Sixx saying they never would again, now’s as good a time as any for them to cash in and do an anniversary edition.

The Crüe might have set the standard for Sunset Strip sleaze during the 1980s but they spent so much time looking the part, playing the part, killing people in accidents, ruining lives, taking drugs and being assholes that they usually forgot about being an actual band. All their previous albums had a few good songs, but most of the time it was Mick Mars carrying everyone despite not really being a very good guitar player.

Perhaps the biggest reason this album turned out not to be a second-tier piece of shit like the other Crüe albums was Bob Rock, who did such a good job here that he went on to apparently ruin Metallica (which is totally not true – Metallica ruined Metallica). Getting everyone to record their parts separately actually made Dr Feelgood the only coherent album they would ever make and even though it’s as dumb, narcissistic, self-referential and shallow as everything else they’ve done it’s also one of the best things that came out of 1989, and when you consider what a genuinely kick-ass year that was for shit-hot albums, that’s saying a lot. Even Neil sounds good, which again is saying something because let’s face it he could’ve barely won a sing-off with Stephen Pearcy even then.

So, what’s there to review? Um, the extra demo tracks? The extra shit you get in the deluxe edition, like vinyls and “collectable” merch? This is one of the biggest-selling, most famous heavy rock albums of the 1980s. You’ve heard every song like, dozens of times and a couple of them fucking thousands of times over the last 30 years. Do I need to tell you if it’s good or not? Dr. Feelgood showed everyone that Motley Crue really did know how to be a band and make a good record. I mean, they forgot again, almost immediately, but at least they managed this.

Buy it or not. I don’t care.

  1. TNT (Terror n’ Tinseltown)
  2. Dr Feelgood
  3. Slice of Your Pie
  4. Rattlesnake Shake
  5. Kickstart My Heart
  6. Without You
  7. Same Ol’ Situation
  8. Sticky Sweet
  9. She Goes Down
  10. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  11. Time for Change
  12. Dr. Feelgood (demo)
  13. Kickstart My Heart (demo)
  14. With You (demo)