Mötley Crüe is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The band was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. The band members have often been noted for their hard-living lifestyles, and the persona they maintained. All members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in jail, suffered from alcoholism, long addictions to drugs, had countless escapades with women, and are heavily tattooed.
Their debut album, “Too Fast For Love” was released in 1981. While the album only reached #77 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the United States, it would ultimately reach platinum status. The song “Live Wire” was released as a single for the album.
“Shout at the Devil,” their second album, was released in 1983. Singles, “Looks that Kill” and “Too Young to Fall in Love” became huge hits reaching the Top 40 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and would be certified 4× platinum.
In 1985 they released “Theatre of Pain” which reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and eventually was certified 4× platinum. It contained the hit singles, “Smokin' In the Boys Room” and the power ballad “Home Sweet Home.” “Smokin' In the Boys Room” became their first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, peaking at #16.
“Girls, Girls, Girls” was released in 1987 and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. The 4× platinum certified album contained the hits, “Wild Side” and the title track, “Girls, Girls, Girls.”
The band’s fifth studio album, “Dr. Feelgood” was released in 1989 and became their first #1 album on the Billboard 200. It became the band’s best-selling album and was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA. The title track was a #6 hit on the Hot 100, while “Without You” reached #8 and “Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” reached #19. “Dr. Feelgood” and “Kickstart My Heart” were both nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance.
1991, the band's first compilation album, “Decade of Decadence,” was released. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. While working on new material in the studio, Neil and Lee had a falling out that led to Neil quitting the band (or being fired, depending on the source), effectively leaving Mötley Crüe without a singer. John Corabi the singer in a band called The Scream was recruited as Neil’s replacement.
Their self-titled, sixth studio album was released in 1994 and was the first release by the band after signing a 25-million dollar contract with Elektra Records. It was the band's first and only album released with singer John Corabi. “Mötley Crüe” debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Singles “Hooligan's Holiday” and “Misunderstood” were Top 25 hits on the Mainstream Rock chart.
The band reunited with Neil in 1997 and released Generation Swine that year. “Generation Swine” debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. “Afraid” was released as the first single and reached #10 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The second single “Beauty” reached #37 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Released in 2000, “New Tattoo” featured Randy Castillo, who was Ozzy Osbourne's drummer for 10 years, in place of Tommy Lee who had left the group. The album was their first since their debut in 1981 to fail to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #41. The song “Hell on High Heels” was released as a single for the album and charted at #13 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
In 2008 they released “Saints of Los Angeles” featuring the band's classic line-up, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. The title track and lead single to the gold certified album became their second highest charting single on the Mainstream Rock chart to date, peaking at #5.