Friday, December 9, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Girls, Girls, Girls, by Motley Crue
Motley Crue was known back in their 80's heyday for being one of the druggiest, drinkingest, most partying bands on the entire planet. Sadly however, it got to a point where the need to do drugs and other vices outweighed their need to make music. It came to a bit of a head when in 1987 bassist/song writer Nikki Sixx overdosed, died, and then came back. During the months leading up to this however, the band wrote, recorded, and put out their infamous Girls, Girls, Girls album. Though successful, it definitely reflects the troubles they were having.
Though there is a distinct metal crunch to the sound of Girls, Girls, Girls it seems to be more of a rock oriented record like many of Motley's recording endeavors. You can hear that old blues rock influence in there all over the place. Despite the fact that Sixx was using way too much heroin among other drugs at the time, he somehow managed to put multiple commercially successful songs on the record like: Girls, Girls, Girls, Wild Side, You're All I Need, and a live recorded cover of Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock. A couple of tracks sound fairly similar to one another on this record, but all in all it's still solid despite Sixx's health at the time.
Dancing on Glass is my personal favorite track from Girls, Girls, Girls. Sadly it was never a single (though I think it should have been). It is a very sexy blend of 80's metal riffs mixed with 50's rock n' roll piano plunking. I'm not surprised it works as well as it does though, considering Sixx's rich musical background. All he really did was take an old musical concept, but make it a bit more dark, modern, and crunchy. I think my favorite part of the song however is the tail end where they have a female soul vocalist howling her lungs out. It's pretty cool.
Girls, Girls, Girls is one of THE quintessential Motley tracks. When they were still together, no concert would be complete without them playing this anthem to dirty, sexy LA women and everything we all know and love about them. You can't go to a strip club without hearing it at least half a dozen times. It's a good song, though. That guitar riff just digs right into the dirt and doesn't let go till it's over. The steady mid-tempo rhythm just thunders and booms through your chest. It's just the slimiest song and makes you feel dirty even listening to it, yet you love it the entire time.
It's absolutely extraordinary what the human spirit can achieve even when in the most dismal of states. Girls, Girls, Girls is kind of a testament to Sixx's will to keep going on even when he didn't really want to; when all he wanted to do was either die or just do more and more drugs. Got to give him credit for that, especially since it turned out to be one of the albums that any fan of the Crue (myself included) would consider a must have classic. Even if you don't know the album's background, you should definitely do yourself a favor and pick it up.
Girls, Girls, Girls, by Motley Crue receives 4 out of 5 stars.
1. Wild Side
2. Girls, Girls, Girls
3. Dancing on Glass
4. Bad Boy Boogie
6. Five Years Dead
7. All in the Name Of...
8. Sumthin' for Nuthin'
9. You're All I Need
10. Jailhouse Rock [Live]
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