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Motley Crue

  • Shout at the Devil [Elektra, 1984] D
  • Decade of Decadence '81-'82 [Elektra, 1991] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Shout at the Devil [Elektra, 1984]
It's hardly news that this platinum product is utter dogshit even by heavy metal standards; under direct orders from editors who don't know Iron Maiden from Wynton Marsalis, my beleaguered colleagues on the dailies have been saying so all year, and every insult goes into the press kit. Still, I must mention Mick Mars's dork-fingered guitar before getting to the one truly remarkable thing about this record: a track called "Ten Seconds To Love" in which Vince Neil actually seems to boast about how fast he can ejaculate (or as the lyric sheet puts it, "cum"). And therein, I believe, lies the secret of their commercial appeal--if you don't got it, flaunt it. Follow-up: "Pinkie Prick." D

Decade of Decadence '81-'82 [Elektra, 1991] Neither