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  • Awesome Moment: "S.O.S. (Same Ol' Situation)". Seriously. In Rolling Stone in 1989 to promote the release of Dr. Feelgood, Vince Neil described the song as a "kinda comedyish" song about lesbians. The chorus of "It's the same ol' same ol' situation/It's the same ol' same ol' ball and chain" is them saying that gay marriage would end up no different from any heterosexual marriage. This isn't Sonic Youth or L7 or Rage Against the Machine or Riot Grrrls or any other band known for Feminism/Political Correctness. This is Mötley Crüe saying this, all the way back in 1989. They were so far ahead of their time that nobody even realized what they were really saying.
  • Covered Up:
    • "Smokin' in the Boys Room", featured in Theatre of Pain, was originally from Ann Arbor, MI band Brownsville Station.
    • Their version of "White Punks on Dope" is significantly better-known than the original by The Tubes.
  • Crazy Awesome: The All Bad Things Must Come To An End tour featured a specially-constructed 'Drum Coaster', which carried Tommy Lee high above the crowd's head as he played, even slowly turning him upside down in the process!
    • Awesome, but Impractical: ... Unfortunately, at least a couple of times, it broke down with him stuck in midair, forcing stagehands to go up with ladders to fix it while he played.
  • Critical Dissonance: Most mainstream music critics hated Motley Crue, but that didn't stop them from being one of the biggest bands of the 1980s.
  • Dead Horse Genre: Glam, of course. Their resurgence in the Turn of the Millennium says maybe not so.
    • In a 1989 (!) interview with MTV that would be later used in the special "It Came from the 80s II: Metal Goes Pop", Nikki Sixx hangs a lampshade on the glut of copycat glam rock bands at the moment, and infers that this was the same type of "dinosaur music mentality that punk rebelled against in the '70s". He goes on to say that somebody has to do something original. Guess who followed in the Answer Cut in said special? The band responsible for the genre's eventual demise, Nirvana.
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  • Dork Age: The '90s.
    Vince: I just had no interest. It was a direction that I didn't agree with.
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Shout at the Devil", full stop.
    • Though if you want to continue the sentence, "Dr. Feelgood", "Kickstart My Heart", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Wild Side", "Looks That Kill" and "Live Wire" are the other most recognizable ones. Even their earlier stuff was full of kickass (if less well known) riffs, such as "Too Fast For Love" and "Piece Of Your Action".
  • Face of the Band: Lee (the drummer), and in some cases Sixx (the bassist). Neil does get his due, but Mars is almost unknown.
    • Sixx is undoubtedly this, being the guy who writes most of their material and all of the hits.
  • Fandom Rivalry: For some reason Nikki seems to have one with Bruce Dickinson, likely due to Bruce's then-wife cheating on him with Nikki. Bruce wrote the song "Tattooed Millionare" as a Take That! to Nikki. Go to a video when he talks about the experience, and an overwhelming number of commentators will be expressing their bitter hatred for Nikki.
    • And for very obvious reasons fans of Hanoi Rocks don't like Mötley Crüe. It certainly hasn't helped that Vince never apologized (the rest of the band did) and that Hanoi Rocks where set to be one of the biggest Hair Metal exports out of Europe at the time, with Razzles death effectively obliterating their career. Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy has also been very critical of Crües decision to include footage of car crashes in their music videos (and naming a compilation album "Music to Crash Your Car to") and has said he will never forgive them for this.
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    • Like with several other Hair Metal bands, Mötley Crüe fans and Grunge fans don't tend to get along too well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Girls Girls Girls" mentions the Crazy Horse in Paris, France. Pamela Anderson would actually work there for a time years after her split with Tommy.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Vince Neil. For all his arrogance, infidelity, violence, drunk driving and - according to his bandmates - being a habitual liar, it's impossible to read about his daughter's death from cancer and not feel sorry for him.
    • Mick Mars. His daughter has the same crippling condition as him, yet has severed ties with her and does not help her out, financially or otherwise. He also makes vaguely dismissive remarks about his children in general in the band autobiography Dirt.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The band's love affair with heroin in the 80s was so legendary that it became the title of Nikki's book.
    • Much like Sid Vicious, Nikki Sixx was infamous early on for not being able to play bass that well, and heroin probably didn't help. Naturally he got better later on but the rep stuck with him for a while.
  • Older Than They Think: A trashy, cross-dressing, drug-addled hard rock band? Surely, you must be talking about the New York Dolls? The two bands toured together in 2011.
  • The Scrappy: A few of their albums:
    • Girls, Girls, Girls was recorded at a time when the band members were so addicted to alcohol and drugs that they could barely function, and it shows. Even Nikki Sixx has commented "If it hadn't been for the title track and "Wild Side", this album would have ended our careers."
    • The band's self-titled album released in 1994 with John Corabi on lead vocals and a more raw, "grungy" sound. The album was an attempt by the band to stay relevant at a time when the public had abandoned glam metal in favor of grunge and alternative rock. While a very good album on its own terms, the end result sounded nothing like their previous albums, alienating their longtime fans and failing to secure new ones.
      Corabi: My record was the first record that they had done that didn't go platinum, didn't make some sort of crazy noise, and everybody panicked.
    • Generation Swine in 1997. Although the album featured the return of Vince Neil, it was poorly received by critics and audiences and sold poorly. Vince Neil would later call the album "terrible" due to "too much experimenting."
      Vince: There's a lot on that album that I'd have changed had I been there from the start. I didn't think the producer really knew what he was doing, because he wouldn't let me sing in the style I was accustomed to. He wouldn't let Mick play his usual way either. It was a nightmare.
  • Sophomore Slump: Completely averted with Shout at the Devil which is widely considered to be their best album.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Multiple times; the discography kept getting better, leading up to Dr. Feelgood. Between then and Saints of Los Angeles, not so much.
  • Tearjerker: When reading the band's autobiography, The Dirt, just try to get through the story of Vince's daughter or Nikki's sister without getting choked up.
  • The Woobie: Mick Mars. If you never thought a depraved, hard-partying glam rocker could be one, you will after reading about him.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Utterly averted for most of their career, though bizarrely somewhat subverted with Dr. Feelgood, where, despite most of the lyrics still being related to their hard partying ways, was made during the era in which the band was working on sobriety.

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