[[caption-width-right:350:The classic line-up of Mötley Crüe. From left to right: Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee.]]

->"''When we started this band, all we needed\\
Needed was a laugh\\
Years gone by, I'd say we've kicked some ass\\
When I'm enraged or hittin' the stage\\
Adrenaline rushing through my veins\\
And I say, we're still kickin' ass\\
So ooh-ahh, kickstart my heart, hope it never stops\\
And to think we did all of this to rock''"
-->-- "Kickstart My Heart"

''M[[HeavyMetalUmlaut ö]]tley Cr[[HeavyMetalUmlaut ü]]e'' was a HardRock[=/=]HairMetal band formed in and popular in TheEighties by drummer Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx, joined by guitarist Mick Mars and lastly by singer Vince Neil. Like most of their contemporaries from the Glam era, they were probably more well known for their [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll sleazy, sordid antics]] than their music: during their first tour in Canada they were banned from Edmonton for carrying "dangerous weapons" (their stage spikes) and "indecent material" (Neil's porn) though customs, got accused of a bomb threat and threw a TV out the window of their hotel (all publicity stunts). They rose to international fame on the release of ''Shout At The Devil'', ''Theater of Pain'' and ''Girls, Girls, Girls'', receiving heavy rotation on Creator/{{MTV}} and selling millions of copies. Sixx has overdosed on heroin over a dozen times, [[OnlyMostlyDead three times near-fatal]] (the first of these in which he was [[BackFromTheDead declared dead for a minute]], inspired the song "Kickstart My Heart").

In 1989, in light of Sixx's near-fatal overdose--at the plea of their managers--the band cancelled their tour of Europe and went into rehab (except for Mars, who cleaned up on his own). Finding sobriety and quitting drugs, the band recorded their highly successful ''Dr. Feelgood'', getting a Grammy nomination for "Kickstart My Heart" and the title track. The band's popularity declined in the wake of the 90's and the {{Grunge}} movement like it did for all bands of their kind. Neil quit/was fired (he maintains he was fired, Lee says he quit) from the band in 1992, being replaced by John Corabi, who would record their 1994 SelfTitledAlbum. They reunited in 1997 to record ''Generation Swine'', receiving lackluster sales in part thanks to bad support from their label, Creator/ElektraRecords, ultimately prompting the band to form their own label, Mötley records (this made them one of the few bands at the time to have total control over their own publishing, recording and back catalog).

In 1999, Lee left to pursue a solo career. His replacement, Randy Castillo recorded ''New Tattoo'' with the band before dying of cancer while on tour, and with no replacement set, they went into hiatus. During this time, they released an autobiography, ''The Dirt'', Lee started the NuMetal band Methods of Mayhem and married Pamela Anderson (divorced and re-married multiple times), Neil toured as an on-and-off solo artist, Sixx played in several other bands and Mars [[ReclusiveArtist became a recluse]] due to his inflammatory spinal arthritis [[note]]Ankylosing Spondylitis for the curious[[/note]].

Since 2005, the band announced their reunion tour, has co-headlining with Music/{{Aerosmith}} in 2006 (a true {{irony}}, see below), and has run a small circuit in Europe. The group released their [[HesBack return-to-form]] album ''Saints of Los Angeles'' in 2008, for which they received a Grammy nomination for the title track. They started their personal summer tour ''Crüe Fest'' with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:A.M. (Sixx's side-project) opening, becoming the most successful festival of the summer. ''Crüe Fest 2'' featured Theory of a Deadman, Music/DrowningPool, Charm City Devils and Music/{{Godsmack}} (Godsmack singer Sully Erna appeared in the Crüe video for "White Trash Circus"). Although there are plans to turn their 2001 autobiography ''The Dirt'' into a feature film, the project has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for several years. However, in November 2013 it was announced that Jeff Tremaine (of ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' fame) has signed on to direct a film adaptation of ''The Dirt'', with plans to start shooting in June 2014.

In March of 2013, Sixx has stated that the band will break up past their final album and farewell tour, as to end their career on a high note (going so far as to sign a legally binding contract preventing them from ever touring again). Dates were announced in January of 2014, with Music/AliceCooper opening.

They played their final show on December 31st 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Not to be confused with that other kind of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley crew]].

!!People that were in the band over the years.(Founding members in '''bold''')

* Randy Castillo - drums, percussion (1999-2002, died 2002)
* John Corabi - lead vocals, guitar, bass, piano (1992-1996)
* '''''Robert Alan Deal (Mick Mars)''''' - guitar, vocals, bass, sitar, mandolin (1981-2015)
* '''''Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna (Nikki Sixx)''''' - bass, backing and lead vocals, synthesizer, keyboard, piano (1981-2015)
* '''''Thomas Lee Bass (Tommy Lee)''''' - drums, percussion, piano, backing and lead vocals, synthesizer (1981-1999, 2004-2015)
* [[Music/{{Hole}} Samantha Maloney]] - drums, percussion (2002-2004)
* '''''Vincent Neil Wharton (Vince Neil)''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, guitar (1981-1992, 1997-2015)
* [[OnlyOneName Robin]] - guitar (1981)
* [[OnlyOneName O'Dean]] - vocals (1981)
* [[Music/QuietRiot Greg]] [[Music/{{Dokken}} Leon]] - guitar (1981)

!!Studio and Live Discography:

* 1981 - ''[[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Too Fast For Love]]''
* 1983 - ''[[DarkerAndEdgier Shout At The Devil]]''
* 1985 - ''[[LighterAndSofter Theatre Of Pain]]''
* 1987 - ''Girls, Girls, Girls''
* 1988 - ''Raw Tracks''
* 1989 - ''Dr. Feelgood''
* 1990 - ''Raw Tracks 2''
* 1994 - ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Mötley Crüe]]''
* 1994 - ''Quaternary''
* 1997 - ''[[FanonDiscontinuity Generation Swine]]''
* 1999 - ''Live: Entertainment Or Death''
* 2000 - ''New Tattoo''
* 2006 - ''Carnival Of Sins Live''
* 2008 - ''[[GrandFinale Saints Of Los Angeles]]''

!! "Tröpes, Tröpes, Tröpes":

* AesopAmnesia: A RealLife example. You'd think nearly dying from a heroin overdose would convince one to quit doing heroin. However, according to at least one account, Nikki decided to celebrate his revival by discharging himself from the hospital that night, going home and... doing more heroin. He went to rehab with the rest of the band shortly after.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Tommy Lee has possibly the wildest reputation of anyone in the band, which is saying something.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Tommy cites this as the reason why Heather Locklear was initially attracted to him. Heather was the epitome of the blonde-haired, all-American cheerleader type, and upon meeting Tommy she was intrigued by the long-haired rocker with tattoos and piercings.
* AlliterativeName: '''M'''ick '''M'''ars
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Sixx, Mars, the whole band, really.
* BackFromTheDead: Er, kinda.... Sixx was declared dead for two minutes after overdosing on heroin in the 80s, only to be revived by two adrenaline shots to the heart. Then he wrote "Kickstart My Heart" about the incident.
* BreakupSong: "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
* CanonDiscontinuity: The fans of the band, and even the band members themselves, like to pretend that the self-titled 1994 album and ''Generation Swine'' never happened.
* ChorusGirls: "Girls, Girls, Girls"
* ClusterFBomb: A concert staple.
* CoolBike: They love this trope.
** They pose mounted on some on the cover of ''Girls Girls Girls'', and the video of the title track, which also features bike engine noises, features the members riding on bikes to a strip club. And just when you thought it was enough, the intro riff of "Kickstart My Heart" was made to sound like a revving motorbike.
* CoverVersion: Better known are "Helter Skelter" (Music/TheBeatles) on ''Shout at the Devil'', "Jailhouse Rock" (Music/ElvisPresley) as an extra track on ''Girls Girls Girls'', "Anarchy in the UK" (Music/SexPistols) on ''Decade of Decadence'' and ''Demonic and Supersonic'' (later live on ''Carnival of Sins''),"White Punks on Dope" (The Tubes) on ''New Tattoo'', and "Smokin' in the Boys Room" (Brownsville Station) on ''Theatre of Pain''.
** TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Slightly. They Americanized "Anarchy in the UK":
-->"Is this the [[MoralGuardians [=PMRC=]]]\\
Or is this the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_Enforcement_Administration DEA]]\\
Or is this the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA CIA]]\\
I thought it was the U.S.A."
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Shout at The Devil''
* DrFeelgood: The [[TropeNamers/{{Music}} Trope Namer]].
* DomesticAbuser: Tommy Lee did jail time for abusing his ex-wife Pamela Anderson and was also arrested for abusing his ex-fiance Bobbi Brown. Vince Neil has been accused of violence against women on numerous occasions.
** In one chapter of ''The Dirt'', Tommy Lee even admits to [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas punching a former girlfriend in the face because she insulted his mother while they were having an argument.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Music/{{Aerosmith}} was inspired by their high heels, teased hair and heavy make-up (and their constant use of the word "Dude") to write the [[TropeNamers/{{Music}} Trope Namer]], specifically about Vince Neil. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/motley-crue-dudes-look-like-ladys.jpg They were right, you know]].
** As the legend goes, Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith saw Vince Neil from behind at a party and immediately assumed he was a woman. And even after seeing Vince from the front, it took Tyler a minute to realize that Vince was actually a man.
** [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]]: "We thought we saw some hookers, but it was actually Motley Crue."
* EpicRocking: The Music/SkinnyPuppy remix of "Hooligan's Holiday" clocks in at eleven minutes.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Tommy Lee absolutely adored his mother, and did not tolerate people speaking negatively of her.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning : Tommy Lee had a rig that spun his drumkit up high and 360 degrees.
* FourthDateMarriage: Tommy Lee met Creator/PamelaAnderson at a party in February, 1995. 4 days later they were married.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Vince Neil's relationship with his bandmates has often been tense, and after he parted with the band in 1992 (Nikki claims that Vince quit the band, but Vince claims that he was fired) he sued his former bandmates for 25% of their future profits and also $5 million in damages. The other members of Motley Crue have often and publicly criticized Vince for his arrogance and selfishness, and have also accused him of being a habitual liar.
* GallowsHumor: See [[YMMV/MotleyCrue YMMV entry]].
* [[LesserStar The Garfunkel]]: Somehow, the lead guitarist (who tries to cultivate a mysterious image).
** There's also the fact that Mick is rather uncomfortable being the centre of attention. He is, and always has been, a very private person.
** Radio and [[Series/ThatMetalShow TV host]] Eddie Trunk states in his book ''Eddie Trunk's Essential Guide To Hard Rock & Heavy Metal'' that Mars can actually get pretty talkative if interviewers (ie himself) go out of their way to engage him, which he notes is a rare occurrence.
* LoveAtFirstSight: In ''The Dirt'', Tommy admits that he was obsessed with Pamela Anderson from the moment he met her. He even hopped a plane to Mexico the next day because she was doing a bikini photo shoot there.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: And funny. See "S.O.S. (Same Ol' Situation)."
* GreatBallsOfFire: A Crüe show wouldn't be complete without it.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: The Crüe loves putting out greatest hits compilations. So far they have released five greatest hits albums and three box sets.
* GroupieBrigade: Just read ''The Dirt''. Good lord...
* HairMetal: One of the all-time definitive examples.
* HandicappedBadass: Mick. His condition, ankylosing spondylitis, has wreaked havoc on his spine, causing him to lose 3 inches in height. The condition also caused one of his hips to degenerate so severely that he had replacement surgery in 2004. See also HeroicWillpower.
* HeavyMeta: While the entirety of the song isn't about this (see BackFromTheDead), the break in "Kickstart My Heart" (quoted at the top) qualifies. It could be said that, being a break in a song that otherwise ranks high on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness, this could be the part where Sixx's life started flashing before his eyes. Also doubles as a BadassBoast.
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: In this case, not for the sake of metal; they were drinking Löwenbräu while they were thinking of a name (one of Mars' previous bands had a member call the group "a motley looking crew"). Vince Neil said: "We had no idea that it was a pronunciation thing. When we finally went to Germany, the crowds were chanting, “Mutley Cruh! Mutley Cruh! “ We couldn’t figure out why the fuck they were doing that."
* HeroicWillpower: Mick Mars. Seriously, dude looks ancient, has a very debilitating form of arthritis and his entire lower spine is fused solid, does he let that stop him from playing guitar? Hell. No.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, nicknamed the "Terror Twins".
* HomePornMovie: In the late 1990s a sex tape featuring Tommy Lee and his then-wife Creator/PamelaAnderson was stolen from their home and sold to a pornographic video distributor, causing a huge stir in the entertainment media. The Lees sued the distributor and attempted to get the video taken off the internet, but failed. In the end, they simply got a cut of the profits.
** Similarly, Vince Neil made a sex tape in which he had a threesome with porn star Janine Lindemulder (you likely know her as the nurse on the cover of Music/Blink182's ''Enema of the State'') and Penthouse Pet Brandy Ledford. As with Tommy Lee's video, it was leaked and found its way to the internet.
* HomeSweetHome: Of course. It's the name of one of their biggest hits, after all.
* IntercourseWithYou: Their love of groupies and strip clubs have always been a strong theme in their lyrics (and [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy everything else they do]]).
* LeadBassist: Nikki Sixx is a Type C. He, along with Tommy Lee, was responsible for founding the band, and both do most of the songwriting.
* LicensedPinballTable: ''VideoGame/CrueBall'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Theatre of Pain'', which is noticeably softer and more mainstream than ''Too Fast For Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil''.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The original crew. Amazing that they ''lived'' long enough to qualify.
* MadeOfIron: Every original member of the band. During the peak of their popularity they all did ''insane'' amounts of alcohol and drugs in addition to indulging in other forms of reckless behavior. Yet they're all still alive.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly a 6, although they sometimes go up to a 7.
* MyspeldRokband: See the explanation on HeavyMetalUmlaut.
* MurderBallad: "You're All I Need".
* NewSoundAlbum:
** [[{{Grunge}} ''Mötley]] [[SelfTitledAlbum Crüe'']]
** [[AlternativeMetal ''Generation Swine'']]
* OdeToSobriety: "Kickstart My Heart" is a type 1, as is "Dr. Feelgood".
* OneWomanSong: "Angela," from the out-of-print best-of collection ''Decade of Decadence.''
* ThePornomancer: Could apply to any member of the band, but Vince in particular. As the frontman of the group, Vince was the one who received the most female attention, and he exploited that fact to the fullest extent possible. Following the incident where he killed a man while drunk driving, Vince was forbidden from drinking alcohol as part of his probation. So he simply replaced his alcohol addiction with a sex addiction. He made it a goal to have sex with as many women as he could in a single night. He would even have groupies waiting in the wings to the side of the stage during shows, and while the other band members were performing solos Vince would run offstage for a quickie with one of them.
* PowerBallad: Several of them, but the most famous one by far is "Home Sweet Home." During the peak of the song's popularity MTV was receiving so many requests to play the music video that they enacted a rule that it could only be played once per hour. In the 2000s, they had a minor comeback with another one, "If I Die Tomorrow."
* RashomonStyle: The details surrounding Vince's departure from the band in 1992 vary depending on who is telling the story. Vince claims that he was fired from the band, while Nikki and Tommy claim that Vince quit.
* RatedMForManly: Take away [[DudeLooksLikeALady the outfits]] (which they've abandoned) and it's guy music.
* ReallyGetsAround: All of the bandmembers are frequented by groupies, which has inspired their hit song, 1987's "Girls, Girls, Girls". Special focus goes on Vince Neil and Mick Mars, who became dads while still teenagers, with even more attention turned towards the band's general infidelity.
* SanitySlippageSong
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The Crüe were infamous for their backstage antics and the debauchery of their personal lives. In the band's autobiography ''The Dirt'' Nikki Sixx even admits that during the 1980s they were trying to establish a reputation as the wildest and most out-of-control rock band on the planet. In order to accomplish this they drank heavily, did every drug they could find, and had sex with every groupie in sight. But after Nikki nearly died of a heroin overdose (thankfully a paramedic was able to revive him via two adrenaline shots to the heart) the band's management convinced them to enter rehab and sober up.
** Many of the articles written about the band around that time discussed their displaced addictions, however (see ThePornomancer below). They [[FunctionalAddict replaced their addictions]] to substances with addictions to sex, exercise, and fast vehicles.
* ShotToTheHeart: The song "Kickstart My Heart" was supposedly inspired by Nikki being revived by an adrenaline shot to the heart after almost dying of a heroin overdose.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Nikki Sixx is hardly a household name, but on his radio show "Sixx Sense" he displays a massively overinflated sense of his own fame and notability.
* StageNames: Neil and Lee shortened their names a bit, while Mick Mars is Robert Allan Deal and Nikki Sixx is [[OverlyLongName Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.]] (Sixx has been his legal name since 1975).
* StagingAnIntervention: After Nikki's near-death due to a heroin overdose, the band's management decided that enough was enough and staged an intervention for the band, refusing to let them tour Europe out of fear that some of them "would come home in body bags." This led to all of the band members except Mick Mars going to rehab to give up drugs and alcohol. Mick cleaned up on his own.
* TheTysonZone: A full list of the controversies surrounding them would probably take up most of this page.
* TitleOnlyChorus: TONS of them, and it's just as likely to happen no matter how long the title. Better-known examples include "Shout At The Devil" and "Too Young To Fall In Love."
* VillainProtagonist: Jimmy in "Dr. Feelgood", a drug dealer whose nickname is the song's (and album's) title.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Mick Mars at the end of "Kickstart My Heart"
** And Mick again, at the conclusion of the guitar solo in "Dr. Feelgood".