Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood – 25 Days of Christmas – Metal Countdown: Day 2

Metal Mofos’ Isaac Sauers gives us a holiday treat as he counts down 25 days till Christmas with 25  of his favorite must own metal and hard rock albums. Join us daily through December 25th to read the latest entry.

Mötley Crüe uleashed Dr. Feelgood on us September 1, 1989. This is perhaps the finest moment of the 1980s Sunset Strip Glam Metal scene.  This album is almost perfect and is totally sex, drugs, and rock n roll; a lifestyle the band is quite infamous for.

The album starts off with an intro titled ” TNT” which stands for Terror n Tinseltown. Tinseltown just resonates Christmas so this album is perfect for our countdown. The police siren filled intro leads right into the ballsy title track, a true metal classic. I love the main riff of this song. I honestly think Mick Mars is one of the most underrated guitar players of all time. You just never see him on any list of the all time greats. Perhaps it’s because he is a quiet guy who stays in the shadow unlike his three other bandmates. Mick has certainly offered us some tasty riffs and shredding solos throughout the years.

Some might consider the next two tracks to be filler on this album but certainly not this guy. “Slice of Your Pie” is a really grooving song backed by a thick low end riff and good beat from drummer Tommy Lee. “Rattlesnake Shake” brings some brass instruments and rock n roll piano into the mix. Tell your DJ to play “Rattlesnake Shake” at your Christmas party, grab your significant other, and go shake it on the dance floor.

“Kickstart My Heart” borrows its intro from Montrose’s “Bad Motor Scooter”, but I’m sure they don’t mind. This is such a great song. It’s got that big chorus that you just have to shout along with when your cruising down the highway reaching speeds upwards of 100 mph.

The next song is just a simply beautiful ballad. “Without You” is near perfect. I should have insisted this song be played at my wedding. Men, sing it to your wife. You’ll get some Christmas joy.


“Same Ol’ Situation”! I love this song. Again just some really catchy guitar playing from Mick Mars and a great sing along chorus for this anthemic live staple from the Crüe.

Next up are “Sticky Sweet” and “She Goes Down”. Sex songs. Fun songs. “She Goes Down” is an incredibly catchy song about, wait for it, your mom.

“Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” is another one of those classic mid tempo songs that made Mötley Crüe millionaires. We even get the pleasure of seeing Vince Neil play acoustic guitar live for this one.

The album’s closing track “Time for Change” is what makes this album just short of perfection. Awful sounding 80s keyboard driven song. I hate it.

Hopefully you caught Mötley Crüe on their Farewell Tour the previous two years. They will not be back! Enjoy the sounds of this 6x platinum album Dr. Feelgood from the comfort of your home stereo while roasting chestnuts on an open fire this Christmas.



Chief Of Operations, 31, lives in North VA but grew up in PA, married, baseball and metal. Kiss, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, King Diamond, Mayhem, Mortification, Poison, P.O.D., Zao, King’s X, Demoniciduth, Led Zeppelin