Mötley Crüe Biography
This Hard-Rock Pop-Metal band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California USA, when bassist Nikki Sixx, real name Frank Carlton Serafino Ferranno and drummer Tommy Lee, born Thomas Lee Bass come together to make music; soon after guitarist Mick Mars, real name Bob Deal joined the ranks of Mötley Crüe and vocalist Vince Neil completed the line-up.
That same year the band recorded in three days their debut album, "Too
Fast For Love", which was issued on the independent label Lethur
In the following months the quartet inked a new deal with Elektra Records who released their major debut album in 1983; "Shout At The Devil" cracked the top 20 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and by the time reached the triple platinum mark; the title-track entered the top 30 of The Mainstream Rock and was followed by two Billboard's Hot 100 charting tracks: "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young To Fall In Love".
In the summer of 1984, Neil, driving under the influence of alcohol, caused a deadly car crash; the singer spent 30 days in jail and the band was forced to take a hiatus; the group's next release, 1985's "Theatre Of Pain", peaked at #7 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list thanks to their first American top 40 hit: the power-ballad "Home Sweet Home"; the third LP also included the single "Smokin' In The Boys Room" which rose to #16 and #7, respectively, on Billboard's Hot 100 and Active Rock charts.
Mötley Crüe returned two years later with "Girls, Girls, Girls", the record peaked at #2 in U.S. and spawned two charting singles: the title-track rose to #12 on The Billboard Hot 100 and "You're All I Need" scraped the bottom of the same list; the band supported the album with their headlining international tour, but the European dates were canceled because Nikki Sixx overdosed and was declared clinically dead.
After a period of rehabilitation, the foursome headed back to the studio to record "Dr. Feelgood". Mötley Crüe soared to new heights with their fifth album, it was released in September of 1989 and shot to #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, the record included no less than five smash singles: firstly the title-track hit #6 and #7. respectively, on Billboard's Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts, "Kickstart My Heart" hit the top 30 on U.S. Hot 100 and peaked at #18 on the Active Rock chart, "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" broke the top 20 on both these charts, "Without You" was another huge hit as it climbs up to #8 on The Billboard Hot 100 and to #11 spot on The Mainstream Rock Tracks list; the final single, "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)", entered the latter chart at #34.
In 1991, the band issued the compilation "Decade Of Decadence '81-'91" which rose to #2 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, the disc featured some re-worked tracks and three new songs; "Primal Scream", released as a single, reached the #21 position on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Mötley Crüe started up their own label signing with Elektra Records a new deal and in March 1994 the group released their eponymous album which was recorded without Neil who was fired because of his excessive drinking, John Corabi was hired to replace him; the record hit #7 on The Billboard Top 200 and the main single, "Hooligan's Holiday", rose to #10 on the Active Rock chart and was followed by the minor hit, "Misunderstood".
Another three years passed before the band returned to the spotlight, during this time Vince Neil rejoined the Crue that made their first live appearance since the reunion in early 1997 and by the next summer they had "Generation Swine" ready for release, it peaked at #4 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart while its lead single, "Afraid", hit the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks and "Beauty" scraped the lower regions of the top 40 on the same chart.
A year later the band split from Elektra and decided to release another CD-collection, simply titled "Greatest Hits" which made it to the top 20 in North American charts and the previously unreleased track, "Bitter Pill", reached the #22 slot on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Around this time the band was on the road, but was forced to stop touring when Tommy Lee was incarcerated for spousal abuse against wife Pamela Anderson; in 1999, he finally left the band to pursue solo projects; Ozzy Osbourne drummer, Randy Castillo was chosen as his replacement.
In mid-2000 the group resurfaced with "New Tattoo", the record failed to enter the top 40 of the Official U.S. Albums chart and generated only one Active Rock top 20 single, "Hell On High Heels"; the band embarked on tour with Megadeth, but Castillo was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he checked in to a hospital to undergo treatment for serious illnesses; Hole's drummer Samantha Maloney joined to complete the live line-up. Sadly, Castillo passed away on March 26, 2002, at the age of 51.
Mötley Crüe original members Neil, Mars, Sixx and Lee announced dates for a world tour in 2005 and in February released the greatest hits collection, "Red, White & Crue" which crashed into the top 10 of The Billboard 200; the first single off the double-CD set, "If I Die Tomorrow" hit #4 on The Mainstream Rock list and another previously unreleased song, "Sick Love Song", entered the top 30 on the same chart.
That same year, Mötley Crüe recorded a new version of their classic "Home Sweet Home" with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington a twenty-five member Gospel choir and twenty-six-piece orchestra to help Hurricane Katrina victims. The track was due to be made available for download through iTunes, with all proceeds going to Katrina relief efforts.
The Hot Mainstream Rock top 5 smash "Saints Of Los Angeles" is Mötley Crüe's first single from their ninth album of original material; the song, which also includes backing vocals by Buckcherry's main-man Josh Todd, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, James Michael from Sixx:A.M. and Trapt frontman Chris Brown , is the title-track of the group's latest album, released in June 2008 through Mötley Records.