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Sunday
Mar242019

"I Do"

GEICO insurance knocks it out of the park again with an awesome ad featuring the lyrics and music of none other than our beloved Whitesnake. The clip was created and produced by The Martin Agency.


If you ride, you get it.


Saturday
Mar232019

'The Dirt' - Movie Review

It's early days since The Dirt was just released on Netflix. I don't want to ruin it for anyone so I will try to be cautious and not post spoilers. And quite frankly, you already know the story and what happened if you've read the book (which you absolutely must!)

First things first: there was tons of criticism online in advance of the film about the casting. Many said the men selected to play the members of Motley Crue "didn't even look like them." Well, this is true but it becomes more believable as the show goes on. Eventually you just forget about it. 

This movie is not for children. Just like The Dirt is an adult-only book, this is a movie for those over 18. Heck, maybe over 35. There's tons of nudity and sex and drugs. I mean, it's Motley Crue. But really, a ton of sex.

Yes, all the wildest parts of The Dirt are covered. At one point, Eric turned to me and said "Wait, did this really happen?" And I would nod and say, "Yep." I got texts from two different people last night, asking me the same thing. The Crue were degenerates, what can I say?

A few things are wrong for no reason. Why have Vince driving a Corvette on that fateful night with Razzle? His real car that night was a Pantera. And Skylar Neil was born in 1991. Not so in the movie. Sharise, Vince's wife, is pregnant with her the night of the Razzle crash. Sharise and Vince didn't even get married until 1987. 

Some stuff is glossed over and time is sped up, which probably explains the Skylar issue.

Of course Nikki's heroin addiction is addressed but probably not as fully or as painfully as it should have been. Mercifully, Pam Anderson doesn't make an appearance anywhere in the film. Mick Mars is an alien and we all love him. No, the actor Iwan Rheon doesn't look like Mick, but he does a good job portraying the coolest, wisest member of the band. Machine Gun Kelly has the mannerisms of Tommy Lee down cold. Douglas Booth had to ditch his British accent to play Nikki Sixx and he did a good job. It was a heavy lift, playing the star and leader of the band and also the biggest jerk most of the time. Daniel Webber portrays Vince Neil. He must have done a good job because I felt sorry for Vince all over again for just about... everything. Some souls are just tortured. Or maybe Vince is just a mess. 


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In the end, the movie was at once cringeworthy and fun. We waited so long for this film and I was honestly nervous to watch. I was worried it wouldn't live up to expectations, but I have to say it exceeded mine. I knew it wouldn't be 100% true to the book because that's nearly impossible. But man it was darn close and it was fun reliving the history and music all over again.

It's 3 stars for me. Not the best movie I've ever seen but certainly one of my most anticipated. I also knew exactly what to expect and nothing much shocks me.

After I watched, I looked up some fancy reviews in big publications. My thing is this: if you haven't read the book or don't know the music or even have any idea about the Crue, how can you appreciate this biopic?


The New York Times hated the film.


Vulture didn't like it much either.


The Atlantic didn't like it either.

 

Friday
Mar222019

Motley Crue Week: Open Review Thread

Today is the day! The Dirt is finally out via Netflix. I won't be able to watch the movie until tonight so a review will be a little delayed. #SorryIHaveToWork


Let's use this space as an open forum for reviews. Feel free to post your review in the comments section. I suggest not reading other people's reviews until you've seen the film yourself. Don't cloud your judgement!


For now, my fave Motley Crue track: "Danger"


Friday
Mar222019

Motley Crue Week: Friday

The Dirt is out today - finally! It all started with a book by the same name and we shouldn't forget that. So here's my review of that book, originally published here on December 20, 2006! At that time, I had been publishing this website for less than one month. Seriously.

 

Finished The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Oh, what a read!

The biography of Motley Crue is so good, it makes you want to roll around on the floor. It's one of those rare books that suck you in, and make you obsess about the storyline, characters, plot and eventual outcome. In this case, the stories and characters are real, and knowing this, I'm baffled how the guys in the Crue are still alive.

I've read quite a few music biographies, but this one is so far above the rest. The band doesn't sugarcoat their drug use, and man, did they use drugs. They also don't sugarcoat their sexual exploits, failed marriages, money troubles or rivalries with band members, other musicians, and their inner selves.

Let's start with the drugs. I mentioned before that Nikki Sixx has a planned biography called The Heroin Diaries. When I was first learning about that book project, I was confused. I didn't think there would be enough material for two books considering The Dirt  is so complete. I'll go ahead and assume that I'm wrong. The human body is truly amazing and resilient. And life, like always, ironic. Here are these four men, who are literally (and openly) trying to commit slow suicide through drugs, alcohol and a berserk lifestyle. Fast forward a decade, singer Vince Neil has a daughter that dies from cancer when she's just four. All the money and medical treatments couldn't save her, so Neil drinks even heavier after her death. She had a pure body, he shoots his full of poison. There's a brief moment in the book that hints at this revelation, although I'm not sure Neil really gets it. After all, it was just a few months ago he was so drunk he nearly stumbled off a stage during a solo gig.

The money issues confused me the most in the book. This is one area that didn't have a lot of explanation, just comments like "his wife took all his money," etc. There is one section that talks about Sixx and the amount he blows on, well, blow. It's something like a thousand a day for years and years on top of a 40 thousand dollar a month mortgage. At one point, Neil was so broke, the band would do special shows just so he could pay his bills. Another time, during a poorly received tour, Mick Mars was so broke he couldn't contribute 75 thousand to help the band. Being a poor nobody makes me sick when I think how much money these guys wasted when so many people are starving to death in this country.

Now to the enigma of the book and the band: Mick Mars. He has the fewest chapters, and they have a completely different tone then the rest of the book. He suffers from a rare disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis that basically destroys your spine and makes living very painful. So, during the book, Mars doesn't really dwell on his disease, except to say that he feels guilty for not being able to move around on stage like the other guys. Plus, he's way older, so he wasn't really into the wild debauchery the other three always seemed to enjoy. According to the book, he didn't cheat when he was married and never fell off the sobriety wagon. He was just the outsider, trying to fit in. Now that I think about it, no other band member mentioned Mars'  rare condition. All through the book, Tommy says "silence equals death," and they were never really there for each other, including when Mars was at his sickest.

So, that's the final point. While the men acted as a party unit to create havoc in the world, they never really considered themselves more than a band. When you're with the same four people for more than 25 years, you have to start thinking of each others as more than coworkers and more like family. Or, at the very least, friends.

 

 

 

Thursday
Mar212019

Motley Crue Week: Thursday

We're just one day away from the big Netflix debut of The Dirt, the movie about Motley Crue!

Here's a little treat: we actually have a person in our midst who got to attend the red carpet premiere on Monday night... and he emailed me some tidbits!

BBG! reader and author Thomas Scott McKenzie (that's a link to his book!) attended the premiere for fun and here is what he told me:

--The movie is really good. It does the era justice. While it's funny and it points out some of the funny clothes, it's still treated seriously. It's representing the era, not making fun of the era. 

--All the actors did a great job with the mannerisms of the musicians. But in the theater and afterword, everyone was talking about Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee. He was eerie in his portrayal of Tommy's childlike enthusiasm.

--It's no secret that the movie really only focuses on about the first 15 years. That has been speculated online and it's largely true. 

--The Ozzy Osbourne scene is amazing.

--And they do a "day in the life of Tommy Lee" that is a lot of fun.

--Whenever you take a book of that size and complexity, you have to make cuts and do different things. I appreciated that --as a geek-- whenever they took liberties or changed things, I thought "Oh, yeah, I see why that had to happen. That was a good way of dealing with that."

--All in all, it's a movie that I think most Crue fans can be proud of. 

--Be sure to watch all the way through the credits. Fans will appreciate what they see. 

After the movie, McKenzie attended some after parties, too. He saw some celebrities and musicians, including Dj Ashba and Billy Rowe. He thinks he saw Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters. Motley did not perform during the party at the Whisky but there was an all-female Motley tribute act called Girls, Girls, Girls (I've actually written about them before). 

Also, our own Kari is an extra in the film. I can't wait to stare frame by frame to see if I catch a glimpse of her! Much of the film was made in her hometown of New Orleans. 

Guys, I think we brought back glam! 

 

 


Wednesday
Mar202019

Motley Crue Week: Wednesday

I originally wrote about this on February 19, 2011. A true piece of Motley Crue history. The band preforms the Beatles hit "Paperback Writer" at the Starwood in 1981. This isn't a polished Beatles cover - but it does give us a glimpse of what Motley became! Just think - this performance is 38 years old and the band became huge beyond their wildest dreams. I thought this look in the vault was worth another peek - especially since we're praising all things old Crue this week!


Tuesday
Mar192019

Motley Crue Week: Tuesday

I originally wrote this review for Metal Express Radio a long time ago. Like, probably in 2007 or 2008. I was surprised to find the article still on the station's website. Enjoy! 


Originally released in 1983, Shout At The Devil is the seminal rock album of the 1980s. With their sophomore effort, Motley Crue continued to define both their musical and stage styles. As they honed their skills in the recording booth, countless other bands found ways to copy bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, drummer Tommy Lee, and vocalist Vince Neil.

The narration “In The Beginning” sets the tone for the entire album. Immediately, listeners realize they are about to embark on a sonic experience of Metal proportions. With the album’s title track, Motley Crue created a stadium anthem guaranteed to get fans on their feet, fists in the air. “Shout At The Devil” as a track is simple enough: it relies on heavy guitar riffs, steady bass, and chanting. The opening arrangement is both pleasing and painful to the ears. The chord changes and clashing notes transport the listener to an underworld where good and evil collide; where fantasy and reality are one in the same.

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With “Looks That Kill,” Motley Crue helped make Metal commercial. Through the new invention of MTV that had emerged during this era, the band used the strength of this track to produce a major budget music video. The “Looks That Kill” video helped Motley Crue create a synergy of music, mayhem, and moxie. The heavy intro keeps the Metal train rolling, and the hook keeps the song running through your head all day long. It’s also through “Looks That Kill” where lyrical master Nikki Sixx really lets his talents shine. A true testament of any good songwriter is the ability to transport a listener to another place and time, and Sixx accomplishes this goal with this track.

The heaviest song on the record is “Bastard;” not a single, but destined to become a concert staple. The pace of the track is frenetic and the lyrics alarming. As with all things Motley, shock value is of the utmost importance and the boys achieve their goal with this head-banging classic.

The Beatles cover “Helter Skelter” seems somewhat misplaced among the Metal majesty that is Motley, but somehow, the quartet makes it work. Perhaps it’s the enterprising guitar solos by Mick Mars or the thunderous rhythm of Tommy Lee. Whatever the reason, Motley tackles this British Invasion track, transforming it into a Sunset Strip sleaze staple for cover bands in bars all across the world.

Even though “Too Young To Fall In Love” peaked at number 90 on the Billboard chart, today the track is synonymous with all things Crue. Always the wordsmith, Nikki Sixx is able to sum up every bad relationship with two simple sentences:

You say our love / Is like dynamite.
Open your eyes / ‘Cause it’s like fire and ice.

With blazing guitars, screeching vocals and lyrics that succinct, it’s hard to argue the importance of “Too Young To Fall In Love” in Metal history.

The tracks “Red Hot,” “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid,” “Ten Seconds To Love,” and “Danger” all play their role in rounding out this classic Metal masterpiece. Always eager to spawn controversy in favor of gaining street credibility, the boys in Motley Crue dedicated “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid” to the LAPD. Ready for a “star spangled fight and back in black,” the Crue threatens other bands that come too close to their Metal empire, built and glorified on the strength of Shout At The Devil.

The special 2003 re-master of Shout At The Devil contains extra goodies like demo versions of the title track, “Looks That Kill,” “Hotter Than Hell,” and “Too Young To Fall In Love.” The 2003 re-release also includes the previously unreleased track “I Will Survive.” The enhanced CD also includes the video “Looks That Kill.” Original artwork, complete liner notes, and updated band interviews are also included in the re-mastered package.

For more information, please visit www.Motley.com

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