Featured Music — 23 August 2011
Motley Crue Memories-  Poster Boys, Papas and Playas

We got  into Motley Crue around ’85 when Theatre of Pain came out and even had a poster of ‘em on our bedroom wall.

<—This poster.

Like other “hair-metal” bands of the era, they were pretty boys but even as a tween who had no idea about the debauched lifestyle of 80s-era metal bands at the time, we knew they had balls too. Big ones.

 

Discovered Too Fast For Love and Shout At  The Devil soon after and quickly became a Nikki Sixx fan. He seemed the most badass and enigmatic. Tommy was cute, but he was a big kid, which wasn’t as sexy to us. The Crue lost us at Girls, Girls, Girls, but those first three albums remain seminal and re-listening to ‘em recently in preparation for reviewing the band at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, they didn’t lose their rockin’ resonance, as many albums of childhood can do. Raw, fast and suprisingly hook-filled, Too Fast remains our favorite, plus we loved the cover’s homage to the Sticky Fingers crotch shot…

Ultimately met Mr. Sixx in our early 20s, working for a clothing designer by the name of Terri King. King was making clothes for the Crue during the Generation Swine period which saw the unfortunate line-up addition of  John Corabi replacing Vince Neil. She asked us to drop off two matching leather jackets (the over embellsihed, multi-grommeted and lace-up style that was so popular at the time). One was for Sixx and one for his 5-year-old son, and we had to drive two hours to get to his ritzy manse in some gated community off the 5 freeway. His wife at the time, Brandi Brandt was –shocker– a Playboy model. We remember thinking he seemed a more involved parent than she, but our judgement may have been clouded by the nostalgic crush factor. He still looked really good…

Parenthood would come into play during our second Motley memory involving Tommy Lee. And the incident is one we still laugh about with the PR people who happened to be present. We were assigned by the LA Times to interview Lee, Jason Newsted, and Gilby Clarke aka Supernova (a made-for-TV supergroup looking for a lead singer as part of Mark Burnett’s “Rockstar” reality competition). We were about 5 months pregnant at the time and it was to be one of our last big feature stories before taking some time off.

Whatever they say about pregnant ladies being a turn-on for some dudes must be true because Lee went downright cookoo when he met us. He interupted our green room interview several times to ask us personal and yes, sexual questions and he attempted to fondle our semi-protruding belly frequently. When one of the publicists in the room -and annoyed bandmate Newsted as well- told him to cut it out, he got mad and threw his Sprite against the wall almost hitting someone and making a mess in the process. The room went silent. Ultimately, we told everyone we didn’t mind his behavior (we’d been feeling fat so we were actually flattered), and the rest of the interview was conducted with Lee’s head on our lap, his ear to our stomach. We included this bizarre incident in our piece but the Times’ editors ended up making the incident a lot more vague. Click this link to read the story and see if you can find the reference:  Rockin’ out for real — uh, Take 2

 

 

With The Crue headlining SSMF, it seemed appropriate to query them about their memories as well. Here’s what we got from Nikki Sixx about the Sunset Strip here.  Read our review of the Crue’s set here and our recap of SSMF here.

 

 

 

 

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Featured Music — 23 August 2011
Motley Crue Memories-  Poster Boys, Papas and Playas

We got  into Motley Crue around ’85 when Theatre of Pain came out and even had a poster of ‘em on our bedroom wall.

<—This poster.

Like other “hair-metal” bands of the era, they were pretty boys but even as a tween who had no idea about the debauched lifestyle of 80s-era metal bands at the time, we knew they had balls too. Big ones.

 

Discovered Too Fast For Love and Shout At  The Devil soon after and quickly became a Nikki Sixx fan. He seemed the most badass and enigmatic. Tommy was cute, but he was a big kid, which wasn’t as sexy to us. The Crue lost us at Girls, Girls, Girls, but those first three albums remain seminal and re-listening to ‘em recently in preparation for reviewing the band at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, they didn’t lose their rockin’ resonance, as many albums of childhood can do. Raw, fast and suprisingly hook-filled, Too Fast remains our favorite, plus we loved the cover’s homage to the Sticky Fingers crotch shot…

Ultimately met Mr. Sixx in our early 20s, working for a clothing designer by the name of Terri King. King was making clothes for the Crue during the Generation Swine period which saw the unfortunate line-up addition of  John Corabi replacing Vince Neil. She asked us to drop off two matching leather jackets (the over embellsihed, multi-grommeted and lace-up style that was so popular at the time). One was for Sixx and one for his 5-year-old son, and we had to drive two hours to get to his ritzy manse in some gated community off the 5 freeway. His wife at the time, Brandi Brandt was –shocker– a Playboy model. We remember thinking he seemed a more involved parent than she, but our judgement may have been clouded by the nostalgic crush factor. He still looked really good…

Parenthood would come into play during our second Motley memory involving Tommy Lee. And the incident is one we still laugh about with the PR people who happened to be present. We were assigned by the LA Times to interview Lee, Jason Newsted, and Gilby Clarke aka Supernova (a made-for-TV supergroup looking for a lead singer as part of Mark Burnett’s “Rockstar” reality competition). We were about 5 months pregnant at the time and it was to be one of our last big feature stories before taking some time off.

Whatever they say about pregnant ladies being a turn-on for some dudes must be true because Lee went downright cookoo when he met us. He interupted our green room interview several times to ask us personal and yes, sexual questions and he attempted to fondle our semi-protruding belly frequently. When one of the publicists in the room -and annoyed bandmate Newsted as well- told him to cut it out, he got mad and threw his Sprite against the wall almost hitting someone and making a mess in the process. The room went silent. Ultimately, we told everyone we didn’t mind his behavior (we’d been feeling fat so we were actually flattered), and the rest of the interview was conducted with Lee’s head on our lap, his ear to our stomach. We included this bizarre incident in our piece but the Times’ editors ended up making the incident a lot more vague. Click this link to read the story and see if you can find the reference:  Rockin’ out for real — uh, Take 2

 

 

With The Crue headlining SSMF, it seemed appropriate to query them about their memories as well. Here’s what we got from Nikki Sixx about the Sunset Strip here.  Read our review of the Crue’s set here and our recap of SSMF here.

 

 

 

 

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