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Today is Mötley Mönday and in the Mötley tradition of doing things different, we are going to have some fun.
Today in honor of Shout At The Devil being released on Sept 26, 1983, that’s 37 years ago for the math challenged, we will hear the entirety of Shout at the Devil, from the original vinyl record I purchased, not when it came out in ‘83 because I was 9 years old, but it was probably around ‘87 when I was 13, but it was new and I bought it myself.
But first, some NEWS!
Alright, is there any Mötley News? Well there isn’t anything pressing at the moment except Shout is 37 years old! That’s news, so I’m gonna tell you about Shout!
Shout at the Devil is the second studio album by Mötley Crüe, released on September 26, 1983. It was the band’s breakthrough album, establishing Mötley Crüe as one of the top selling heavy metal acts of the 1980s. The singles “Looks That Kill” and “Too Young to Fall in Love” were moderate hits for the band.
Shout at the Devil was Mötley Crüe’s breakthrough success, selling 200,000 copies in its first two weeks. The album’s title and the band’s use of a Pentagram caused a great deal of controversy upon its 1983 release, as Christian and conservative groups claimed the band was encouraging their listeners to worship Satan. The Pentagram was something Nikki Sixx brought with him from Sister, a very theatrical band he had been a member of (along with future W.A.S.P. vocalist Blackie Lawless) in the late 70s prior to the formation of Mötley Crüe. Sister were the first L.A. band to fuse occult symbolism such as the Pentagram into a theatrical heavy metal show incorporating blood and facial makeup. Sixx asked Lawless for permission to use some of Sister’s occult-related imagery for Shout at the Devil, as at that point Lawless was intent on moving in a different direction. “I said ‘take whatever you want’ because at that point, I realized that with an image like that, you end up painting yourself in a corner and you can’t get out,” said Lawless. Some corner huh?
OK! Here we go with Mötley Mönday! Let’s listen to Side 1 of this vinyl beauty and I’ll give you some more facts later while I’m flipping to side 2!
and to start off Mötley Mönday – Shout At The Devil hairniversary; we gonna drop the needle on side 1 right now and right here on Hair Metal Mixtape on Zero DB Radio!
Play side 1
That was Side 1 of 1983’s Shout at the Devil on an original Vinyl pressing. Let me give you some more Shout facts as we flip sides.
Just prior to returning home to Los Angeles to begin recording the album, Mötley Crüe was famously kicked off their support spot on Kiss‘ Creatures of the Night tour. The bands played only five shows together before Gene Simmons demanded they be replaced, citing their “bad behavior”.Oh Uncle Gene, you can be such a bummer sometimes, man!
During recording, bassist Sixx was involved in a serious car crash after drunkenly stealing a friend’s Porsche in Los Angeles. At around the same time, actress and friend Demi Moore told Sixx he needed Alcoholics Anonymous, though Sixx dismissed her concerns. Sixx badly injured his shoulder in the crash and was prescribed Percocet, a combination of acetaminophen and the powerful opioid oxycodone which was commonly prescribed to treat severe short-term pain. Sixx’s use of Percocet transitioned directly to a crippling addiction to heroin which would cost him $3,500 a day and almost claim his life later in the decade.
Another car crash the following year would nearly end Mötley Crüe. The band had just wrapped up several months of touring in support of Shout at the Devil when vocalist Vince Neil threw a massive party at his Redondo Beach home, attended by the band Hanoi Rocks. After days of drinking and drugs, Neil and Hanoi Rocks’ drummer Razzle made a trip to a nearby liquor store in Neil’s 1972 Ford Pantera to buy more beer. Though they made it to the liquor store without incident, on the return trip the car slipped on a wet spot on the road. Neil lost control of the sports car and veered into oncoming traffic at 65MPH, colliding with another vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The impact left the driver of the other car in a month-long coma, and her passenger was also seriously injured. Though Neil escaped without injury, his passenger wasn’t so fortunate. Razzle was pronounced dead at the scene at the age of 24. Neil was subsequently charged with drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter, and the band’s future was very much in doubt as Neil faced possible prison time. In the end, Neil was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, paid $2.6 million in restitution to Razzle’s family, and served only 30 days in jail. Damn yo, that stuff can not be taken back. RIP Razzle.
OK, side 2 is ready to go! Here is side 2 of 1983’s Shout at the Devil right here on Hair Metal Mixtape’s Mötley Mönday!
That was Side 2 of 1983’s Shout at the Devil on Vinyl. OK, last set of Shout at the
devil facts as we put the vinyl back in it’s sleeve to keep the vinyl clean!
The song “Bastard” was targeted by Tipper Gore and the PMRC, who were behind the move to have warning labels placed on albums with lyrics or other content they found disturbing. According to guitarist Mick Mars, the song wasn’t a call to violence but rather was about “a certain person that we used to work with that we felt we were stabbed in the back by.”
“Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid” was inspired by a violent encounter between Sixx and a group of Hells Angels. Sixx somehow or another wound up in a fight with a group of bikers, even hitting one member in the face with a chain he had been wearing as a belt. The Hells Angels turned out to be undercover cops, and the bassist was subsequently badly beaten and jailed, resulting in a black eye and broken cheekbone. After being released from jail, he was inspired to write a song about the ordeal.
The album also features a cover of The Beatles‘ 1968 song “Helter Skelter“, a song that allegedly inspired mass murderer Charles Manson. Sixx was not a Beatles’ fan, referring to the band as “fucking wimpy”, but he lists “Helter Skelter” and The White Album among his favorites of all time.
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