We have reached the jewel in the Mötley Crüe crown, the bands biggest selling and most commercially successful album of their career “Dr. Feelgood,” or as it would be known to some Mötley Crüe‘s Greatest Hits. Seriously, the amount of good tunes on this album is ridiculous.
After picking the pace back up with “Girls, Girls, Girls” the band was poised to take over the world, they just needed to write the album that was going to take them there, so they hired Canadian producer Bob Rock (you may have heard of him) to produce their next album and help them reach that next level and that is exactly pretty much what happened.
Pretty much every song on here is a banger and perfectly demonstrates how and why the Crüe became such a huge band. The title track for example was up to that point one of the heaviest and catchiest songs the band had ever written despite being about the bands drug dealer, the other big huge single from the album ‘Kickstart My Heart’ is about Nikki Sixx dying and being revived after a heroin overdose.
Even outside of the obvious singles though you have massive anthems like ‘Rattlesnake Shake,’ ‘Slice of your pie,’ ‘She Goes Down’ and ‘Sticky Sweet,’ which are gems in the bands arsenal, the band was able to rope in Bryan Adams for back up vocals on a track and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith on two tracks, such is the clout that the band now had. This all before I’ve even mentioned ‘Same Ol’ Situation,’ ‘Without you’ and ‘Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)’ which all help to round out the album nicely.
“Dr. Feelgood” is the definitive Mötley Crüe album for a reason and that reason is simple, they got the balance right, between writing killer songs, an image that worked and a producer that knew how to handle the band and get the best out of them, and it all came together and created one of the most timeless rock records of all time. Also, this album was the calling card that helped Bob Rock get the Metallica gig producing the “Black” album, so there’s that as well.