When it was the late 80's,no matter what year it was-a hair band would show up EVERY day-some of which included Slaughter(although their first album did not come out until early 1990),Warrant,Poison,Def Leppard,etc.and of course,Motley Crue. Even though their third album,"Theatre Of Pain"(1985)had had the hit songs/singles "Smokin' In The Boys Room"(which was not an original song by the group,it was a cover song)and the lovely ballad "Home Sweet Home"(this was an original song by the group),things were changing for The Crue-and not in a good way. Even though "Theatre Of Pain"went gold,a lot of Crue fans had a negative reaction to it(it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either)and not only that,by the time it had been released,Vince Neil,Nikki Sixx,Tommy Lee,and Mick Mars had all become druggies and alcoholics(Vince Neil even served time in jail around that point because of drunk driving and manslaughter)-which meant that The Crue were going to have to pull themselves together and make a new album,which would become "Girls,Girls,Girls". Would it be any good? Read on for my review of this:
This CD is defnitely a fine hour in the classic era of Motley Crue,and it was a big step up from "Theatre Of Pain".The songwriting here was also a bit of a step up for The Crue compared to the material they had written and recorded for "Too Fast For Love" and "Shout At The Devil". The opening track,"Wild Side",is very cool and tough and kind of sounds like a lighter version of Quinten Tarantino's classic "Pulp Fiction" film if it was a song and not a film,the title track rocks,and other highlights to be found here are "Five Years Dead","All In The Name Of...",and "You're All I Need",which has really pretty music(there is even a piano on this track)and lyrics(deep and good ones)which are similiar to the lyrics of Aerosmith's classic "Janie's Got A Gun" song,even though the lyrics to this song are a different concept then that song(Janie).
All of Motley Crue's albums have been re-issued(that was around 2003)and because of that,this album is a great album made even greater. There are expanded liner notes,the CD is enhanced and features the "Girls,Girls,Girls"music video on there,and five bonus tracks were included here:the live version of "All In The Name Of...",instrumentals for "Wild Side",the title track on this album,and "Nona",as well as a demo for a song that was never released at all:"Rodeo".
This album is definitely,without question,one of Motley Crue's best albums,and also one of the best hair metal records. The title track did not get overplayed like some people thought Warrant's "Cherry Pie" song did(it(Cherry Pie)maybe got overplayed a little but it was a great song/album also)so that helped the album and Motley Crue stay around. Like I already said,the guys in Motley Crue all worked harder on this record then they had on "Theatre Of Pain"(again,not a bad record,but not outstanding either)so sit back,relax,crank it up,and enjoy a great record by a first rate hair metal group:Motley Crue.