ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 12, 1987
By Steve Newton
When I first heard Motley Crue back in 1981, I was quite impressed. The group’s debut album, Too Fast for Love, had a rough-edged punk feel, and songs like “Live Wire”, “Public Enemy #1”, and “Piece of Your Action” made repeated rounds on the old turntable.
But on their second album, Shout at the Devil, the songs had lost most of their immediacy and spark, with the possible exception of the nifty single “Looks That Kill”. The third LP, Theatre of Pain, was lame, a quality personified by the Crue’s wimpy version of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room”.
With their new album, Girls, Girls, Girls, the band has recaptured some of the excitement of their first release on tunes like “Dancing on Glass”, “Five Years Dead”, and the title track, which sports a catchy guitar riff a la Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line”.
Mick Mars’ guitars are pushed back up to the front where they belong, singer Vince Neil is in good form, and the production by noted hard-rock knob-twiddler Tom Werman is top notch.
But this is still Motley Crue’s second-best record. They’re gonna have to do better to top Too Fast for Love, in my books anyway.