After the critical and commercial success of “Dr. Feelgood” things were at an all time high for Mötley Crüe, but as is the case with the band, things took a turn for the worse and tensions further arose meaning that the band would kick out frontman Vince Neil and replace him with John Corabi or ‘Crabby’ as the band affectionately referred to him.
After the acquisition of Corabi the band headed into the studio to record a new album, the self titled Mötley Crüe. The first thing you notice about the album is that Corabi is a much better vocalist with a wider range than Neil which ultimately helps the direction the band wanted to go in, which was a bit more hard edged and in some instances blues orientated and that shines through on this album a lot.
The only single from the album ‘Holligan’s Holiday’ was a clear representation of the new and in some ways improved Mötley Crüe, its a great song that hinted at the bands past but gave glimpses of maturity, which is another key factor of the album, the band tried to mature too quickly on “Theatre Of Pain” but weren’t ready to make that album then, “Motley Crue” is the album that “Theatre Of Pain” could have and should have been, if they had waited a few years to make it.
Songs like ‘Uncle Jack’ and ‘Power To The Music’ creep inside your head and get under your skin because they are strong songs that have well written lyrics and something to say.
I know a lot of people hated Mötley Crüe when it came out and still do because of the missing Vince Neil factor but I think ditching Neil even for a brief period was one of the band’s better decisions, he’s always had whiny voice and Corabi had a more soulful voice that whilst it may not have suited the bands image it certainly suited them musically and make “Motley Crue” a far better album than people give it credit for and a hidden gem amongst the band’s discography.