Artist : Motley Crüe
Album : Shout At The Devil
Released : September 26, 1983
M.M. Album Rating : 5/5 (Absolute Classic)
For many people (including myself) the introduction to Motley Crüe was not their excellent first album Too Fast For Love, but their second major label release “Shout At The Devil”. I can’t even begin to describe to you what it was like for a twelve year old kid like myself to see and hear this album for the first time. For many young teenagers of the time, this would be their first true introduction to anything resembling Heavy Metal scene both sonically, and visually. Yes, Metal Health from Quiet Riot, and a few other albums had been released just prior to it, but Shout At The Devil had the visual and sonic evidence that no other record of the time had, especially to go mainstream.
From the way the band looked, sounded, to the unforgettable original black cover. Even the alternate cover with the four faces used for cassette tapes (paying homage to the Beatles Let It Be Front Cover). Some people might not think of this as a Metal album, but that doesn’t matter. Why ? Because pretty much every person that heard the record would eventually become a Heavy Metal fan. This is an album that would plant the seed to seek out other music from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, and others to come.
This would be the hardest the original Crüe would ever rock. I still get goosebumps listening to the introduction of In The Beginning as it goes straight into the title track. But that’s just one of many highlights. This record would become a huge part of the MTV Generation, basically opening the door for hard rock and heavy metal to go mainstream with music videos also. We all know what the Crüe would become. One the band became successful they took the whole “sex and drugs” thing to a whole new level. Unfortunately much of the music they made through the rest of the decade wasn’t nearly as focused as this album.
It’s nice to know though for a moment in time Motley Crue sounded loud, fresh and hungry. Many fans still feel this is the best collection of songs Nikki Sixx ever wrote. Even the cover of The Beatles song “Helter Skelter” fits in exceptionally well with the original material, and proves the original song was definitely an influence on their sound, and musical style. To this very day Shout At The Devil continues to age very well, and proves what a great band the Crue was when clicking on all cylinders.
1. “In the Beginning” (Geoff Workman, Nikki Sixx) – 1:13
2. “Shout at the Devil” (Sixx) – 3:16
3. “Looks That Kill” (Sixx) – 4:07
4. “Bastard” (Sixx) – 2:54
5. “God Bless the Children of the Beast” (Mick Mars) – 1:33
6. “Helter Skelter” (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:09
7. “Red Hot” (Mars, Vince Neil, Sixx) – 3:21
8. “Too Young to Fall in Love” (Sixx) – 3:34
9. “Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid” (Neil, Sixx) – 3:40
10. “Ten Seconds to Love” (Neil, Sixx) – 4:17
11. “Danger” (Mars, Neil, Sixx) –4:09
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