Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Request Lines Are Open...'80s Flashback

In honor of my man, "mat", joining the blogosphere in earnest (a new blog site is almost sure to follow...), I am attempting to take his request. Unfortunately, after scouring my collection, it appears that, as I suspected, I never actually *had* Motley Crue's DR. FEELGOOD (1989). Of course, I wouldn't have needed it, as its presence was nearly as ubiquitous as both GnR's Appetite for Destruction and Def Leppard's Hysteria before it, and GnR's Use Your Illusion I & II after it.

A look at the track list reveals no less than 5 singles that charted (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10):

01. T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)
02. Dr. Feelgood
03. Slice Of Your Pie
04. Rattlesnake Shake
05. Kickstart My Heart
06. Without You
07. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
08. Sticky Sweet
09. She Goes Down
10. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
11. Time For Change

Now, I must admit that I was never the biggest Crue fan around. However, I'm not going to tell you that this album/tape/disc/whatever (1989-90 was a transitional time, format-wise) didn't sound good blaring in the dishroom of the U of I cafeteria, where both "mat" and "haahnster" were student workers. It had that high-energy, party feel to it (hence, "Dr. Feelgood"...it's not complicated).

My personal favorite, though, was the closing tune--the obligatory power-ballad "Time For Change". This was especially my favorite during drunken stupors as I mourned the end of a nearly-three-year relationship with my former high school sweetheart. We tried the long distance thing (as in, I wasted my freshman year in college), but it just didn't work out. Well, actually, it "didn't work out" because she decided that we "needed to see other people." That bitch. But, I digress.

Axel Rose and the boys in GnR were already saving themselves a fortune in reduced hairspray usage. In many ways, the Crue's Dr. Feelgood was the last of a dying breed. Well, I guess Poison released Flesh & Blood in 1990. But, suffice it to say the GreatWhiteLionSnake was almost dead, and few were mourning its (their) passing. Why weren't they mourning? How could the masses survive without their hair-metal? Because Kurt Cobain saved the world, of course. But that's a story for another day (and, if you don't catch that I'm deliberately exaggerating, well here's your clue).

Rock on, party people.


Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

We should thank, first of all, Athens, GA for saving music in the early 80's and then thank Seattle for seriously saving music in the early 90's.

Motley Crue had no redeaming qualities with the exception of various porno videos which seem to excite some people.

Do some early REM - take a close listen to "Life's Rich Pagent" and see the salvation inherent in the non-electronic/no power chord melodies with the Dylanesque lyrical content.

Oh to live on......Sugar Mountain. I guess we're all too old to get in these days.

10:57 AM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

EXCELLENT suggestion!!! I have all those '80s REM albums on vinyl. I cannot remember the last time I pulled them out...so lazy of me. I just reach for the best of CD ("Eponymous").

"I aaaam, I am Superman..."

I'm all OVER it!!! Great choice!

Oh, by the way, thanks for reminding me...I forgot to mention the Tommy Lee/Pamela Anderson videos...

11:46 AM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

Thanks for the welcome! I didn't actually believe you would go the hair band direction, but it brought back some memories! I would be interested in your interpretation of Robert Plant's latest release, "The Mighty Rearranger". Give it a listen if you get the chance.

5:41 PM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger JM said...

You have got to be kidding me. Athens and Seattle? They killed not only the enjoyment in rock n roll but also any form of humor. If we dismiss bands like Motley Crue and the overall 80's you might as well start plucking away at most of the bands in the 60's and 70's as well.

Now this album does suck beyond any doubt but to dismiss this band as having "no redeaming quanlities" seems a bit shortsighted to me. Beyond having a fucking dynamic and fundametally perfect drummer (I know he is an ass) this band put out a few great albums that helped put rock back on the map. Check out Too Fast For Love and Shout At The Devil.

8:32 PM, June 20, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Perhaps they're the exception that proves the rule, but I'm pretty sure The B-52s were from Athens. That's humor, isn't it?!

Yes, in general, Athens was home to the moodier '80s bands, while Minneapolis was home to the partiers (Replacements, Husker Du, etc.). Taken together, they formed a more complete emotional spectrum.

Admittedly, Seattle in the '90s was quite a bit more unbalanced emotionally. Maybe it was all the rain...

10:05 PM, June 20, 2006  

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