Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars  Motley Crue 
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New Tattoo (2000)
Live: Entertainment Or Death (1999)
Supersonic & Demonic Relics (1999)
Greatest Hits (1998)
Generation Swine (1997)
Motley Crue (1994)
Tommy Lee (1981-1999), drums
Mick Mars (1981-Present), guitar/vocals
Vince Neil (1981-Present), vocals
Nikki Sixx (1981-Present), bass
John Corabi (1992-1997), vocals
One of Motley Crue’s biggest albums was Dr. Feelgood, which was neither a reference to the British band that popularized "pub rock" in the ’70s, nor a shout out to the bluesman Piano Red, who recorded the 1962 hit song "Doctor Feel-Good" from which Dr. Feelgood took its name.
Motley Crue
Rock’n’roll is full of bad boys, but few bands can rival Motley Crue when it comes to attitude and magnitude of misbehavior: sex, drugs, death, debauchery, divorce — it’s no wonder the Crue is cited as an inspiration by so many aspiring musical delinquents.

The saga began in 1981 when Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee left their respective bands to join forces. Within a year they had recruited singer Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, gone through several name changes (it was Mars who eventually suggested Mottley Krue), made a splash in the local club circuit with their flashy stage antics and convinced one Allan Coffman to finance an album. In 1982, Motley Crue’s debut Too Fast For Love was released on the band’s indie label, Leathur Records and went on to sell some 20,000 copies.

The next year, Motley Crue signed with Elektra Records, which issued its major label debut Shout at the Devil. With the album rocketing to platinum status and a hit video (“Looks That Kill”) on MTV it looked like Crue was poised to conquer the world, but a tragic mishap put the conquest on hold.

On August 12, 1983, a drunken Neil got behind the wheel and caused a deadly automobile accident which resulted in the death of friend and passenger Nicholas Dingley of fellow metal band Hanoi Rocks and serious injury to the passengers of the other car. Neil was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. Two years later he was incarcerated for 30 days, ordered to perform community service and pay a hefty cash settlement. While the court proceedings were moving forward, Motley Crue’s third album, Theatre of Pain was climbing the charts in leaps and bounds, spurred by the group’s first top 40 hit, a raucous rendition of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ In the Boys Room.” But the chart success of that single would be eclipsed by the video phenomenon of “Home Sweet Home.”

“Home Sweet Home” was the first “power ballad” aired on MTV and set a record at the time as the most requested video for four months straight. Perhaps inspired by the romance (or something like it) in the air, Lee proposed to actress Heather Locklear, who accepted.

Motley Crue’s popularity continued to grow and 1987 saw the release of its fourth album, Girls Girls Girls and a headlining tour. The forward momentum came to a halt however when Sixx suffered a near-fatal drug overdose, which spurred him and his bandmates to embark on an arduous rehab interlude. Clean and sober, the Crue returned to action in 1989 with Dr. Feelgood, which contained four hit singles including the title track, the first Top Ten hit for the band. More touring, a greatest hits collection (Decade of Decadence), another home video, a renewed contract with Elektra and the creation of Motley Records followed. But the times they were a-changin’ and by 1992 personality conflicts within the band resulted in the expulsion of Neil. He was replaced by John Corabi, formerly of Union. The arrangement lasted until 1997 when Corabi was fired and Neil returned in time to record Generation Swine, which made a brief blip on the charts before vanishing.

In 1998, Greatest Hits was released, followed by a supporting tour. Shortly after its completion, Lee became embroiled in a flurry of litigation set off by charges of spousal abuse brought against him by his second wife, Pamela Anderson and, simultaneously, the sale of a video tape of Lee and Anderson having sex. Motley Crue’s relationship with Elektra was also falling apart and it wound up signing a deal with Beyond Records. In 1999 Lee left the band and was replaced by Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo.

The summer of 2000 saw the release of a new studio album New Tattoo with a tour slated to follow — a co-headlining bill with Megadeth. Just prior to the tour, Castillo was sidelined with a stomach ailment; Hole drummer Samantha Maloney filled in. In 2001, the lurid band biography The Dirt was published. The following year Castillo passed away. The drummer had been diagnosed with cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) in 2000 and seemed to be in remission after aggressive radiation treatment and chemotherapy, but in early 2002 he suffered a relapse and died in his sleep on March 26th.

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