Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Year In Music, Pt. 6 ... Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe: Saints of Los Angeles

Mötley Crüe was one of those bands that as a teen I listened to religiously. The grooves on my Shout At The Devil album are non-existent. I sense some eyes rolling. The chick who declared 80's Alice Cooper too cartoonish wore the grooves off a Crüe record. I've already repented for my anti-Alice sins ... or something. Anyway, I go through extended periods where I don't listen to Mötley Crüe. But, as long as Nikki Sixx's hair still stands proud in all its rock 'n' roll inky black glory, I will always eventually come back to The Crüe.

So, back in June, Mötley Crüe released Saints of Los Angeles. This is the first Crüe record with the original line-up in over a decade. To be honest, I haven't really felt good about any Crüe records since Dr. Feelgood. Sure, I've continued to buy Crüe records but I'd give them a spin and toss them on a pile of stuff in the corner with the other CD's I don't listen to. Saints of Los Angeles proved to be different. Ok, yeah, I couldn't toss it in the corner even if I wanted to because I only bought the download but that's beside the point! I have a special virtual corner for disliked downloads. But I digress.

Feeling a bit nostalgic, I sat down and gave this latest effort a proper listen. I find Saints of Los Angeles enjoyable. It's the closest to back in the day Crüe they've come since well, back in the day! Now, while I don't enjoy it as much as those long ago records I hold near and dear, it certainly gives me a fulfilling dose of Crüe. To be honest, I like it better than Theatre of Pain ... I'm still trying to find some extra love for that record. Anyway, the catchiest numbers for me are the title track, "Saints of Los Angeles," "White Trash Circus" and my favorite of the bunch, "Just Another Psycho."

It's nice to know that Messieurs Sixx, Neil, Mars & Lee can still make a gal feel like a teenager again. In those nostalgic moments, little teenaged rock chick me happily flails around the room thinking my walls look too bare without the multitude of Crüe pictures peering down at me.

I'd recommend it to fans who were on the fence about the record, some casual fans and those special people with crushes on Nikki's hair ... yeah, they exist, I'm acquainted with a few of those people! If you're a beginner, start at the beginning.

Track Listing
  • L.A.M.F.
  • Face Down In The Dirt
  • What's It Gonna Take
  • Down At The Whisky
  • Saints Of Los Angeles
  • Mutherfucker Of The Year
  • The Animal In Me
  • Welcome To The Machine
  • Just Another Psycho
  • Chicks = Trouble
  • This Ain't A Love Song
  • White Trash Circus
  • Goin' Out Swingin'