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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My Favorite Album: Shout at the Devil by Mötley Crüe

I was reminded of this album when "Ten Seconds to Love" played on the radio (XM) the other day. *This* particular album was my first venture into 'metal'. So this particular album is not speed, but it is pretty heavy and by far the heaviest put out by the Crüe.

None of this would have happened for me if it were not for MTV. "Looks that Kill" came on and I was hooked, line and sinker. This would be the start of my never-ending lust for Nikki Sixx.

I was in Homestead, Florida when this album came out. A freshman at Homestead Senior High. What a hell hole that place was. Years ago, Tim and I were in Homestead (before Andrew destroyed it) and I kid you not, I could NOT find my old high school (which is in Florida City, *not* Homestead). That just goes to show how hard I've tried to block that part of my life out...

But I met and wanted to marry Mötley Crüe. I would wait up until 2AM, watching MTV and waiting and waiting and praying and praying for "Looks that Kill" to show up again. I'm pretty sure, if you can believe it, this is before the VCR era. Wow. I'm really old.

I bought the cassette tape at the Base Exchange (Air Force brat). The first thing on Side One is "In the Beginning", narrated by Vincent Price. This thing scared the shit out of me. And then once "Shout at the Devil" came on, I thought "oh shit...I am going straight to hell".

"Looks that Kill" was still a good song, but now that I had the cassette, I could fast forward to other greats, like "Too Young To Fall in Love", "Helter Skelter" (i didn't know that was a remake), and "Ten Seconds to Love".

Mainly due to my infatuation with this album and most importantly, Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe remained my favorite band throughout high school. This, despite the fact that no album ever lived up to this one. Too Fast For Love was another favorite, but nothing that ever came out after Shout gave me the sound that entranced me like this one. In fact, they all sucked. But I still proclaimed loyalty to them. So much so that every one of my yearbooks has an ode for me for the band.

Now, they are a memory of what was important to me as a teen. Vince Neil, well, he jumped the shark a long time ago, but manage to do it again when he had plastic surgery on national television. Mick Mars has done well to remain under the covers, or maybe I just don't keep up with him to know what's going on. And then there's Tommy Lee, who's managed to make a star of himself outside of the band.

Nikki Sixx, while I still think is hot, is your typical egotistical rocker...more a has been now. What I wouldn't have done, as a teen, to marry Nikki Sixx. Now, it would never work...primarily because I'm not a buxom 20-something-year-old -- you know, the old, has-been rocker type.

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