Welcome to the second part of my look through Mötley Crüe‘s back catalogue, this instalment is looking at the bands sophomore album “Shout At The Devil,” which also happens to be my favourite album by the Crüe.
There is no two ways about it, “Shout At The Devil” is a stone cold classic, there isn’t a song on here that I don’t like, and it was the first time that we really saw the image and the music all come together for the band, in hindsight “Shout At The Devil” is the album that “Too Fast For Love” should have been, as it made a much bigger impact for the band than their damp squib of a debut.
The band adopted a Mad Max glam warrior style for the promotion and subsequent tour of the album, but the things that make “Shout At The Devil” such a badass album are the aggression and leap forward in songwriting that the band displays in such a short period between their debut and this.
I mean take the title track for example, that track is heavy as all hell, twice as catchy and single handedly head and shoulders above anything else anyone else was doing at the time, then you look at the two singles the album produced in ‘Looks That Kill,’ and ‘Too Young To Fall In Love’ both of which are bona fide anthems.
My particular favourite track on the album is the closing track ‘Danger’ which kind of gives you a sense of the gang mentality the band had at the time, the band even manages to take a Beatles‘s song in the form of ‘Helter Skelter’ and turn it into something worth listening to.
“Shout At The Devil” is one of the Mötley Crüe albums that has aged the best and still sounds like hell on earth now, with this album Mötley Crüe sent a very clear message to the world and that message was “We aren’t fucking around, get onboard or stay the hell out of our way.”
If anyone out there is unfamiliar with Mötley Crüe then I always suggest this album as your starting point, you will not be disappointed and you will thank me later.