Motley Crue has never been about the deep and meaningful love songs, they left that to Barry Manilow and the BeeGees. Instead what we have here is an album that chronicles the life and times of the world’s truly most dangerous band, and much like their previous three albums it’s laden with stories about drugs, sex and motorcycles. As deep as a pancake and filled to the brim with overtly sexist lyrics and stories of debauchery, this album stands testament to one of the truly wildest bands of the 80s. Here are some of my personal highlights from the record and I hope you enjoy, go give them a listen.
Girls, Girls, Girls.
The title track Girls “Girls, Girls Girls” still to this day holds the record for the most strip club shouts outs featured in one song (8 to be precise) and really sets the tone for the album. Mick Mars is all out blues riffin’ to a sleazy tempo while Vince spits tales of strip club decadence and somehow it works. Whilst lyrically this song was never going to appeal to everyone it stands up as a snapshot of the life of this party hard group and actually if you look past the playground humour it a pretty fun song.
You’re All I Need
“You’re All I Need” is the albums ballad and on first listen it’s a pretty song, featuring some Tommy Lee piano playing and some moody guitar licks by Mr Mars however lyrically the song is pretty dark. This is the story of a jealous and deranged lover who murders his partner so she can’t leave him anymore. Whilst it’s admirable that Nikki wrote about something he couldn’t snort, fuck or drink sometimes the lyrics fall the wrong side of tasteful and perhaps the song and subsequent video was intended to shock more than to be a legitimate song about domestic violence. Despite all this it didn’t stop the song becoming a minor hit worldwide.
Perhaps the albums finest moment comes in the form of the title track “Wildside”. The track kicks off with the dirtiest riff of Mick’s career grinding along to a Tommy/Nikki groove that slivers and slides in and out of tempo changes and syncopation heaven. Nikki said many years later that he wrote this song at his absolute worst stage of his heroin addiction and you can also hear the desperation in the lyrics which read almost like a desperate junkie’s prayer. Wildside continued to be a live standard at any Motley show until their retirement last year and stands up to this day as a formidable rock track.
So there you have it, my favourite tracks from this great record. Notable absentees from my list include the drug inspired Nikki Sixx lament “Dancing on glass” and the balls to the pedal anthem “All in the name of...” which are fine songs but against the above tunes pail into album filler obscurity.